I was wondering if ServerFault could add Network Engineering to one of the allowable sites for close redirection.

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I'm against this primarily on the grounds that NE is 100% overlapping with SF. So there's absolutely no reason anyone should be migrating a Question there unless the OP requests that it be migrated.

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    Rather, NE should just migrate everything here... Commented Jun 30, 2013 at 17:29
  • Meh, if they can be successful as a duplicate, more power to them I guess...
    – Chris S
    Commented Jul 1, 2013 at 3:54

This question seems to be largely a duplicate of:

Will/Should Serverfault be dropping the "networking support" in the upcoming future?

The takeaway from that earlier discussion is that the way NE is currently defined, it overlaps 100% with SF - any question that's on-topic there is also on-topic here. So it doesn't make sense to have an off-topic migration path from here to there.

  • yep, I learned there that the NE site experts might handle higher end exceptions from SF, but once you are at the level to be on-topic for them then you are probably already proficient enough to figure it out or your next step is usually the OEM TAC and not a forum.
    – TheCleaner
    Commented Jul 11, 2013 at 13:10

This can't happen until NE 'graduates'. Built in migration paths to Beta sites is something SE doesn't allow as a rule.


To be honest I'm not sure what the point of NE is; network engineering is really a component of systems administration, and in smaller scenarios is even usually done by sysadmins. The skill set is the same and most people I know in my field have at least a CCNA if not a CCNP.

Migrating questions unnecessarily simply annoys users and redirects efforts from closing things that are garbage, deduplicating, and migrating things that are actually off topic here. I can't think of any scenario under which a migration to NE would be appropriate, though the converse is not true.

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