So this is in regards to https://serverfault.com/questions/733438/nested-esxi-vlan-trunking-not-working, which was closed because it was considered off topic. I had a chance to discuss this with EEAA, one of the two people who voted to close it. His criticisms of the question had to do with it being "non-production, non-professional, home lab environment" and it not being a "reasonable business information technology management practice" to nest ESXi inside of VM Workstation for testing purposes, even though VMware Workstation is specifically marketed for this purpose on its product page:
https://www.vmware.com/products/workstation Experiment by running multiple operating systems and applications, or run enterprise-focused hypervisors like ESXi as virtual machines to build a personal lab while preparing for VMware Certification tests (i.e. VCP).
And that leaving the question open could result in SF becoming the "tech support of the internet" due to the broken windows theory in his opinion. I did not have an opportunity to discuss this with the other user - HostBits.
So my question to meta SF would be, where do these questions regarding lab/test environments for enterprise equipment and software belong if not here? The help center topic for "What topics can I ask about here?" says:
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
IMHO my question fell under points 1 & 2 - managing/administerting enterprise class software & equipment - albeit in a non-production environment. EEAA's insistence that lab environment questions do not belong on SF is not at all included in the help page. And although I'm not entirely sure if this is accurate, I can only assume EEAA & HostBits felt that it fell under consumer networking just because VMware Workstation 12 Pro was involved, as I dont see how my question could possibly involve any of the other 4 points of things which are not allowed. If this is accurate, then it would only be a piece of the puzzle, as ESXi, a full Cisco network, and the workstation it was running on were enterprise class. And personally i'm not even aware of any consumer grade gear which supports VLAN trunking (yes I know some SOHO equipment supports VLANs, but not trunk ports).
And discussing this with both EEAA and Journeyman Geek, neither could recommend what site my question did belong on, and at least JG though it would be inappropriate for SU. So my question to meta would be, where do these questions enterprise class lab belong in SE, and would re-opening my question be appropriate?