When I need to ask a Linux related question, I normally look at the activity on the related unix.se and sf tags to decide where to post it.

I read in a previous question that cross-posting might be okay if the site is beta (is unix.se still beta?)

  • The Beta distinction no longer applies, do not cross post please.
    – Chris S
    Commented Dec 10, 2011 at 19:19

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The context of the question is important. If you substitute for in this question and it's answers then you should get a feel for what goes where. There is though considerable overlap.

Unix and Linux was launched from beta some time ago.

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    +1 There's a lot of overlap. If the question is more geared to your job's responsibilities I'd go Server Fault, otherwise Unix & Linux is commonly just as appropriate. Mods can migrate between either anyway, should you post in the wrong site.
    – Chris S
    Commented Dec 10, 2011 at 19:20
  • What makes it the "wrong" site? I.e., in what cases would a mod migrate from "Unix and Linux" to "Serverfault" and vice versa? Commented Dec 10, 2011 at 19:36
  • There is no definitive answer to this. Some questions are clearly off topic - home server on SF for example but many fall into the overlap most scripting questions for example. ::gallic shrug::
    – user9517
    Commented Dec 10, 2011 at 20:11
  • Unix & Linux tends to be more hobbyist and single computer type questions. They rarely migrate to Server Fault but do when it clearly involves administering many computers in a professional environment. I personally like to move non-SF questions to Unix & Linux if the Question involves any flavor of *nix and doesn't fit in the confines of Server Fault (home, single computer, non-professional, non System Administrator related). Super User is already a dumping ground where Question go to die (or get inane answers; nearly as bad).
    – Chris S
    Commented Dec 11, 2011 at 19:12

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