The new blog post on the SuperUser blog says that home networking questions should now be asked on SuperUser. But this has been bothering me: What about complex home networking questions?
It may be because I come to SuperUser at the wrong times, but I still view it as a Geek squad type tech support site for "What's wrong with my printer?" instead of "Whats wrong with my Bind server?" questions. Not every home user has a basic setup with simple fixes ("Just unplug it and plug it back in"), some users run significantly more complex networks. This can be for learning or because they want to. SuperUser simply doesn't have the experts to answer these types of questions
Where am I going to get help when I play with an Active Directory server and actually use it on my home network? Where am I going to get help when I play with Bind9 and dhcp3-server on my home network? What about a PXE server with Fog or Ultimate Deployment that I use to gain experience and actually install something on a home computer? What about getting IPv6 to my entire network from a dedicated Gateway server? What about when I try to run a normally server class program or OS (Windows Server?) on crappy consumer hardware (Old Dell Dimension boxes) since I can't just drop $2000 on a server?
Asking these kinds of questions here in this current state of ServerFault will net several types of responses
- Others: This is your home network? Migrate to SuperUser. Silence for 4 months
- Others: Why are you running this on your home network? Are you crazy? Just buy a router at Walmart for $20 and be done with it Insta-close. Me: Its for testing. Others: Oh well read the mega 78 page manual, good luck in real usage, and pray that the question gets re-opened
- Me: Its for my "business". Others: Why are you running this on consumer hardware? Wait, your 18? Nobody should ever give you that much power. I feel sorry for your company. Insta-Close
TL;DR: StackExchange is all about getting experts together in one place and regulate questions to the proper group of experts. This new change is preventing me from doing this. Where am I supposed to ask complex networking problems on my home network that is off topic on ServerFault and doesn't have the required experts on SuperUser?
Note that I know this problem has existed for some time, its just that this new blog post and the official change in the rules makes enforcement go way up.