From the help on what's on-topic for Server Fault (emphasis quoted):
Server Fault is for questions about managing information technology systems in a business environment.
Just considering this and applying it as a rule of thumb, I would consider every question that doesn't have an explicit business|enterprise context to be off-topic. But reading further…
If your question is about:
- managing the hardware or software of servers, workstations, storage or networks
- tools used for administering, monitoring, or automating these
- deployment to and management of third-party provided information technology platforms
and is not about:
- consumer workstations or networking (which belong on our sister site, Super User)
- working with a service provider's management interface, such as cPanel
- product, service, or learning material recommendations
- product licensing inquiries or legal advice
- career, salary, personnel, employment, or formal education
- unauthorized use or misuse of IT systems
then you’re in the right place to ask your question!
Whoa, whoa, wait! Suddenly, it sounds like a lot of things that are on-topic on SU are also on-topic here! For example, this question about
sudo that I was about to flag for migration…well,
sudo is used on servers and workstations in business and personal contexts alike. Post a general
sudo question to Server Fault? Why not? And this argument works for…well…just about all the tech-related questions I can think of.
This is compounded by the fact that I see so many questions here that don't fit the explicit-business-context criterion. None of the six questions at the top of the frontpage do, and I don't see any signs of impending migration or off-topic-closure. (The first one is on hold, but for lack of clarity.)
So, what's the deal? Is Server Fault just for business environments, or not? The massive overlap with Super User that the or not option comes with kind of bothers me—it means that there are two really big sites to search that might hold the answer to my question.