ServerFault has numerous home-use questions extending far back into its history. It would be great if we could handle them all and either explicitly close them as off-topic or edit out all reference to the equipment being in the home leaving a useful question behind.

This is not a long-term, perpetual project. Just one to clean up our purpose and get to a point where we can reasonable believe that most historical home-use questions are either sufficiently edited or are closed so that we can move forward knowing that we're consistent.

Place home-use questions in the "Unhandled Questions" queue below and then, as we have time and motivation we can edit them or cast a close vote and then move the question to the proper heading below. If a question is fine as it is, it can be moved to the "fine as it is" heading.

Yes, this could get messy, however I'll bear with this topic and see it through until its end.

I have created a separate, temporary room called "Homewreckers" where we can place questions to be voted for closure. I didn't want to clutter up the regular VTC room with old posts. I think perhaps it would be better if 5 community members voted to close these questions than a single mod decision. Or at least, to get several community members' opinions before a flag is raised.

Some Searches

Unhandled Questions

More to come! If you find your own home-use questions, flag them or bring them up here.


Fine as They Are

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A Little Backstory

While flagging home-use questions recently, I believe I went overboard and chose to request closure for questions that could have been rewritten. I've rewritten a number of questions, but that tends to clutter up the home page if I do it during the evenings when I have time to dedicate to the cause.

Perhaps if we all pitch in and edit or VTC a few questions a day, we can knock out the scourge of home use questions on the site and bring the site into better focus.

  • Do you have a search or a data explorer query you are working from ?
    – user9517
    Commented Jan 21, 2012 at 19:21
  • @Iain I have a few. I'll share sometime soon. (slammed for time ATM)
    – Wesley
    Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 2:54
  • Is an off-topic question ever really "too old to migrate"?
    – Andrew
    Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 4:38
  • @Andrew I would say... yes?
    – Wesley
    Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 5:14
  • @WesleyDavid Why did the Q about a GUI for DNS get moved to "Unhandled?" If editing it to make it not a home-use question wasn't enough, what did you want? Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 10:43
  • @Ward Ewpz. I was sifting through and saw that question had 4 close votes and thought we wanted to close it rather than let it life. I moved it.
    – Wesley
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 15:49
  • @WesleyDavid It'll be less confusing (to me, anyway) if this list deals strictly with "home use." If something like that DNS question also needs to be dealt with because it's NARQ or NC, I see that as a separate issue, it's still "handled" in terms of getting rid of its home use character. Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 20:01
  • @Ward It seemed pretty homey to me when I first posted it, but yes, this thread is purely about home use. So let it be written, so let it be done.
    – Wesley
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 20:30
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    Are we clasifying everyone using "Windows XP/Vista/7 as a server" as home users? E.G. serverfault.com/questions/353790/…
    – user80776
    Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 9:14
  • @sam In general I think so, but I have seen applications in use that require one of the desktop operating systems for at least one component of its service. I think it's back to context - playing around with a Desktop OS as a server; kill it. Using it because you're forced to; depends!
    – Dan
    Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 14:53

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  • How about editing the original post of mine and shuffling around the things you've edited, deleted, closed and etc. within that rather than down here... ?
    – Wesley
    Commented Jan 21, 2012 at 5:47
  • But I like trains.
    – tombull89
    Commented Jan 24, 2012 at 11:47

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