I thought it might be neat/funny to link to the worst questions you've ever seen on serverfault.

I'll start us off with https://serverfault.com/questions/209537/hi-can-any-ony-explain-elaborately-about-hosting-closed

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    Not really got any links, if only because there are too many to mention, but the questions that grind my teeth both here and in real life are the "do my homework/job for me" questions. Oh and in a slightly different sense, the junk that gets blindly migrated here from SO because people get as far as reading there's some kind of hardware involved and blindly click the vote to migrate button without really thinking about where to migrate to.
    – Rob Moir
    Dec 6, 2010 at 23:34
  • Whoah, have I just not been paying attention? When did you get mod status? Congrats. Dec 7, 2010 at 21:56
  • I just spotted this monstrosity; [serverfault.com/q/511441/1435][1] [1]: serverfault.com/q/511441/1435
    – Chopper3
    May 28, 2013 at 16:31

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In my opinion, these 2 questions (which are some of the most viewed on Server Fault) are awful.

I was thrilled when the coolest server names was closed .. now if only the irritating phrases would get closed so it doesn't keep rearing its ugly head every now and then.

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    Although I don't feel either question is exactly "on-topic", at +355/-7 for Names and +42/-2 for Phrases, I think the SF-community's opinion is quite undivided.
    – jscott
    Dec 6, 2010 at 15:43
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    @jscott the coolest server names was acutally a SO question that got migrated when SF went live and accumulated most of it's votes there.
    – Zypher
    Dec 6, 2010 at 19:39
  • Well I'm game to vote for it to close again, questions like that are a waste of bits imo.
    – Rob Moir
    Dec 6, 2010 at 23:37
  • +1 Both those questions should have been closed immediately, instead of being fed with equally useless answers. BTW, the question being asked and answered here is no better. Dec 7, 2010 at 2:44

The worst? Not sure I've seen it yet. The questions I consider most poor are any of the step-by-step/spoon-feed-me/SendTehCodezPlz type questions. Especially when followed-up with combative commenting (from OP) and/or a general disregard for autodidactic/RTFM/Google.

e.g., What does ESXI server do

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    +1 "Spoon-feed-me" questions.. Doesn't the site say something about being for "Professionals"?
    – Chris S
    Dec 7, 2010 at 23:09

I've seen some pretty bad ones. Most just glide into obscurity, rightfully ignored. But then there are some that are sneaky. They sound legitimate, or perhaps just enough off center that some judicious education can help. So I try. And they prove that they either fundamentally don't get it, or get combative about it.

Case in point.

Then there are the ones that can only be answered by writing a text book. Those tend to get closed/deleted, so are hard to dig up. Except for a few. The converse to this kind of question are the ones that get actual textbook-sized answers that act as reference material for the rest of us.

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