I'm interested in soliciting opinions on the meaning of the phrase from the FAQ in the question title. I've just returned from an extended hiatus from SF, and I'm finding that a lot of the things that frustrated me last time are still here (I'd hoped that a bit of time and distance might help my perspective, but perhaps not).
The main thing that bugs me is the fact that so many questions (and, to a smaller degree, answers) aren't what I would consider appropriate of professional system administrators. The vast majority of questions are of the form "I don't know what I'm doing, please do my job for me".
As a "poll", I'm going to throw two answers into this question myself:
- "Serverfault is for professional system administrators to discuss matters relating to their job"; and
- "Serverfault is for people to come to ask questions of professional system administrators"
But I'm also interested in more nuanced views from other people.
(And if you want to point out the irony that someone who is, technically, no longer a professional system administrator is asking this question, feel free).