Questions such as removing viruses or malware, help installing/uninstalling software, configuring Outlook, etc?
From the FAQ:
Server Fault is for system administrators and IT professionals, people who manage or maintain computers in a professional capacity. If you are in charge of ...
- many desktop PCs (other than your own)
... then you're in the right place to ask your question! Well, as long as the question is about your servers, your networks, or your desktops, anyway.
Notice the in a professional capacity and other than your own.
Judging from the above quote, it seems perfectly okay to ask these kind of questions, as long as it is primarily focused on the professional field and does not end up in "help me, my computer broke down" kind of questions.
Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about …
- computer hardware
- computer software
and it is not about …
- videogames or consoles
- websites or web services like Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress
- electronic devices, media players, cell phones or smart phones, except insofar as they interface with your computer
- a shopping or buying recommendation
… then you're in the right place to ask your question!
If there related to a multi pc environment - such as having a virus affect your whole network or setting up outlook for multiple pc's then that should be ok. 1 Pc with a virus or email error is not really what SF's about, but they will come, I guess the only way to deal with that is good moderation.
I think this will be more of a problem than with SO, as everyone has a pc, when they experience a problem there going to google it and SF will be here with an answer thats close, but doesn't really apply because its for a server, so they'll ask the question instead.
I think the whole multiple server thing could become silly. If this site is too strict about it, you'll have to append "on multiple servers" to every question to keep from getting shut down. Instead of saying "what's the registry key to ..." you'll have to say "I need to write a script to ... on 500 servers. What's the registry key to ..."
I think this is the biggest risk for serverfault.
Stackoverflow only has to contend with homework and 'give me teh codes pleez' questions. But the world is full of more or less clueless people with PCs who do know how to use Google...
This is where the low barrier to entry (no login required) could become a problem, long term. I guess rep may be the saving factor, as clueless people aren't likely to get much. I expect that once serverfault gets to a critical mass of questions/users, the downvoting and closing will become a lot harsher, as the community becomes more engaged and will want to protect the value of the site.
So in short I would answer - ask away for the time being. If your question is for your home PC but is also of relevance/interest to a sysadmin, I don't think there's a problem.
No. Ask on SuperUser.
I agree it's the biggest risk.
If someone can ask the question in such a way as to make themselves known to be a sysadmin, then who the end-user is should not matter.
But if it's naive end-user questions (who happen to be the sysadmin for their home systems), serverfault will fail.
I don't think the requirements should so much be "in a professional capacity" and "other than your own" so mcuh as it should be that it is -indistinguishable- from a question asked in a professional capacity.