Is it OK to ask questions like "what is the etymology of hdparm command name?"?
General topic matches https://unix.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic ("Shell scripting", "Applications packaged in *nix distributions").
It is not explicitly rejected by https://unix.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask
Main problem that I see is that while for some commands there may be some obviously correct answer for others the best answers is "it appears to be unclear" and it is impossible to guess it before asking (except cases of self-answered questions).
I earlier thought that askubuntu would fit but I was directed here as answers typically would not be Ubuntu specific, though it was suggested that this type of question is rather OK.
I found some examples of this type of questions that seem to be accepted:
though it is impossible for me to guess to see what is nowadays a typical reaction to this type of this questions (I am unable to see deleted ones, maybe I encountered rare case of not deleted ones).