How can I dispute one of my questions having had been marked as off-topic?

I have asked this question on Server Fault after I discovered that I should put the question on Server Fault.

  • "Why is my consumer device doing something odd I don't understand?" doesn't read like a sys-admin type question.
    – TZHX
    Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 16:21
  • Oh, but it's not a "consumer device". It's admittedly a home server. But, this server is performing tasks which are related to sysadmin tasks. The question is a NetBIOS and DNS question which is at the sysadmin level. Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 16:22
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    To be a question for SF it would need to be asked from the sysadmin that manage the gear, as for any advanced advice it will impossible to test without changing some configuration, and maybe it's already a know problem that your helpdesk can answer you.
    – yagmoth555 Mod
    Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 16:58
  • At the request of the OP the question has now been moved to SuperUser
    – HBruijn
    Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 17:10
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    The question you posted here bears very little resemblance to the inquiry you made on meta.
    – Jenny D
    Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 17:26
  • @JennyD, I'm not sure that I understand. This question is the inquiry that I made on meta. As such, it should be exactly the same as the inquiry that I made on meta. Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 17:40
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    You gave a link to a question on Meta.SE where you asked about where you should post a question on DNS and redirection of a subdomain. You were pointed towards Serverfault. But the question you posted on Serverfault, according to your own link above, was about client settings for host name resolution - not the same thing at all. So claiming that you were told to ask that question here is misleading, since the question you actually posted was entirely different from the one you asked about.
    – Jenny D
    Commented Feb 25, 2016 at 6:17
  • Thanks for elaborating @JennyD. You're exactly right. If I had read the meta answer thoroughly I would have realized that questions regarding domain name resolution performed by a client does not belong in Server Fault. Server Fault would allow questions regarding the configuration or behavior of a domain name server; these questions are not in the same vein as my question. My question has since been moved to the SU site where I think it'll enjoy more comfortable accommodations. Commented Feb 25, 2016 at 18:50

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How can I dispute one of my questions having had been marked as off-topic?

The help pages offer a number of approaches (emphasis mine):

... If you see a question and you disagree with the stated reason of its closure, you should first try to edit the question to improve it as much as possible. Read the close notice and any comments carefully to address concerns raised there. Closed questions that receive edits within the first 5 days of closure are automatically put into a review queue to be considered for reopening.

Additionally, you can:

  1. Leave a comment on the question itself calling for it to be reopened. Be detailed: explain why the question shouldn't have been closed. Be constructive: name-calling is as likely to drive folks away as it is win them to your cause. Remember, anyone on the site with at least 3,000 reputation points can vote to reopen a question - even if a moderator closed it.
  2. Be sure that you've read the close notice and any comments on the question so you can address any concerns raised there. Addressing the concerns often means editing the post, which any user may do.
  3. Flag the question for moderator attention. Again, explain why it should be reopened. There is more than one moderator, and moderators do reconsider their decisions.

Asking for clarification on Meta typically also attracts the attention from our active community members and moderators and I have since moved your question to SuperUser, as you requested in a comment.


We routinely close home user questions. The text of the close reason is quite clear (my emphasis)

"Questions on Server Fault must be about managing information technology systems in a business environment. Home and end-user computing questions may be asked on Super User, and questions about development, testing and development tools may be asked on Stack Overflow." –

  • You're right, questions should be moved. How do I request that my question be moved to another SE site? Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 16:53
  • @fuzzybear3965 : you flag your always friendly *cough* moderator and they may (or may not) decide that your migration request has merit.Consider it done.
    – HBruijn
    Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 17:08
  • Thanks! I see that it's been moved to SU. Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 17:39

This quote is taken directly from the page meta.SE page you linked to:

Server Fault is for Information Technology Professionals needing expert answers related to managing computer systems in a professional capacity.

So it appears you read some of that answer, but not all of it.

Now, your question is not a bad question. It's just off-topic for Server Fault. As is the case with any SE site, the burden is on the user to read each site's Help section to learn what topics and environments are appropriate for the site.

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