EDIT: I deleted the original and moved my question to SuperUser.

I'm new to serverfault, I've asked one question and it's been downvoted with no comment. Do you think that's because someone decided that a hard drive in my professional workstation which needs to be encrypted because of my employers rules is not within a "professional capacity"? If so, can you please direct me to more on-topic stackexchange site? Otherwise, suggestions on how to improve my question are welcome.

  • It's not a very good question, either. Even if you are using this computer for professional purposes, ~"halp, how do I encrypt my computer.. and by the way, what's TPM?" is a bad question that doesn't meet the site's quality standards... though you can be excused for not noticing that for all the other crap questions. Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 19:23

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ServerFault is better suited for questions related to the things system administrators encounter on a day-to-day basis. Regardless of its use-type, a workstation "question" is off-topic here. It would be on-topic if you were to say ask a question about deploying machines with encrypted drives or the best practices to that effect.

  • Thank you this makes a lot of sense and it sounds like SuperUser would have been a better starting point.
    – ErlVolton
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 19:30

Your original question said nothing about a professional workstation, and still says nothing about your employer requiring encryption at rest.

Readers of any question can only judge it by what is present in the question, not what is left unsaid. As originally written it looks like a question about personal use, which is off-topic here.

  • That make's a lot of sense, I believe it is on-topic but instead of debating about it I'll ask to have it moved once I figure out where it might be better received
    – ErlVolton
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 19:23
  • What's to debate? You can always edit your question. Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 19:24
  • @ErlVolton It's not a question that's nearly good enough to be moved either, to be honest, and that's even ignoring the obvious "call Samsung support and ask them" answer. Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 19:25
  • @HopelessN00b I dunno, I'd personally like to know more about these drives, if only so I can evaluate whether they're secure enough and how on earth I'm supposed to manage them. Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 19:28
  • @HopelessN00b You already did a really good job of letting me know you think my question is low quality. I've seen the responses other people have gotten from Samsung and they are complete unsatisfactory so I have no intention of wasting my time there. Surely there is a site with people who have experience using the encryption on these drives where "Halp how do I encrypt my drive and whats TPM" will be on topic.
    – ErlVolton
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 19:29
  • @ErlVolton "What's TPM?" is a question answerable by a bit of search engine prowling (it's a physical chip on the motherboard, by the way). Drive encryption is the same ...you just have to look.
    – Nathan C
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 19:31
  • @NathanC Yes so I understand that TPM is a chip relating to hardware-based encryption the question was "Is TPM the thing I need?" which I have now simplified to "what is the feature I need?" so as not to confuse people by making the question about TPM somehow. Thanks for your help!
    – ErlVolton
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 19:41

Serverfault is a place for questions related to professional system administration. That is a question specific to your employer, or, at the very liberal, SuperUser.com, though I suspect they'll punt it as well.

  • I think SuperUser would be a really good fit, can you explain why they may punt it and where you would ask the question if it was yours?
    – ErlVolton
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 19:23
  • @ErlVolton SU might well send it here, bringing you full circle. It would be best to improve the question as much as possible, before trying to take it elsewhere. Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 19:30

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