Recently a new style /about page has been provided for Server Fault. The expectation is that this will better explain how Stackexchange sites work. Unfortunately the example provided looks to be a shopping question with link only answers, which isn't a good thing.

Fortunately we can change the question providing the new one meets certain criteria.

If you have a few minutes please sift through the questions and try to find a better Q&A to show off on the /about page then post it below.

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    Wow, someone really screwed the pooch there... – Chris S Jan 14 '13 at 16:58
  • @ChrisS I think they just took the first Q&A that matched the query. – user9517 Jan 14 '13 at 17:59
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    It's a nice enough page but it's just one more page newbies won't bother to read and the rest of us already know, or at least should know, how the site works. – John Gardeniers Jan 15 '13 at 2:18
  • Looking at the four answers below, and seeing that we've found at least one way to disqualify all of them... man, we're all going to die alone, aren't we. – pjmorse Jan 17 '13 at 11:53
  • Having had a brief look at the list of questions all I can say is that many of them are either very poor or downright off topic. That query could almost be used as a garbage detector. – John Gardeniers Jan 18 '13 at 11:48

I'm pretty lazy, so the second question from that query looks good enough to me:

It's certainly not the best question, but at least it's not explicitly off-topic per the FAQ.

  • There will be a tool provided RSN to allow Mods to change this. – user9517 Jan 14 '13 at 18:22
  • The 2nd answer on that question is pretty piss poor though... – Mark Henderson Jan 14 '13 at 20:37
  • Yep, room for improvement... Just need someone to find a better option. – Chris S Jan 15 '13 at 0:11
  • FYI: the current about page has the "unicorns and daisies" default question. – Mat Aug 22 '13 at 20:36
  • Wonderful... wonder when that got borked. – Chris S Aug 22 '13 at 21:09

I like this question:

Grepping through .gz log files

Highly technical, good question, and the top 3 answers are all very good

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    That's because the top three answers are effectively all the same, which makes it not a good example. – John Gardeniers Jan 15 '13 at 9:20

I'm going to nominate the following questions:

  • The latter has pretty much a link only accepted answer which wouldn't be great. – user9517 Jan 14 '13 at 17:58
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    Oh crap, you're right. – Michael Hampton Jan 14 '13 at 17:59
  • The first Question's Accepted Answer is pretty wordy. Either it wouldn't fit on the /About page, or it'd result in a word-wall. – Chris S Jan 14 '13 at 18:01

How about this one?

It's honestly the only good question with good answers that I could find that wasn't subjective, too broad or shopping.

Also - it covers a topic that superuser-audience-driveby's would NEVER ask about it.. :)

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    Too localised an example for a global site. – John Gardeniers Jan 15 '13 at 22:22

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