35 questions linked to/from What are the canonical answers we've discovered over the years?
Was this question wrongly marked as an exact duplicate?
I have a question about my Server Fault post: What file do I need to change so Apache won't say what Operating System I am using? Several users had marked it as an exact duplicate, so I tried to ...
Is it time for a canonical question/answer on non-hostname-aware protocols?
After yet another question asking how to bring hostname-awareness for proxying purposes to a protocol that doesn't have any support for it, is it time for a canonical question on hostname-aware ...
The highest rated question on this SE is a rant/opinion about an idiot; what does that tell me about asking good questions here? [closed]
The highest voted question on this SE is effectively a rant about a security auditor: Our security auditor is an idiot. How do I give him the information he wants? While I do find the Q&A ...
Should a successful (but certainly perfectible) answer be made a community wiki?
I have written a answer that has become unexpectedly successful. But I don’t think my answer is perfect, and some users made suggestions for improvement. Would it be good practice to make this ...
What information should I include or obfuscate in my posts?
This is a Canonical Question about the privacy of Server Fault and the needed detail to get an answer from the community. Is there any information other than a password that would be considered a ...
Concrete question was closed with "too broad"
Just came through this thread: Difference between Microsoft ADCS Standalone CA and Enterprise CA For me the question doesn't look "too broad", because the answer is quite obvious for those who is ...
What to do with XAMPP/MAMP/WAMP questions
It's generally known that it's a horrible idea to use these one-click LAMP stack installers for anything but local development. That said, with surprising regularity, we seem to get questions from ...
Should I flag bottleneck identification problems as Capacity and Planning dupes?
There are lots of questions on ServerFault (2.3k as of this writing) about identifying bottlenecks. I just came across CPU overloaded but no proccess is using more than 1% when reviewing, and I'm not ...
Can I open a question about licensing?
I would like to open a question about VMware Essentials Kits licensing but, searching through the community I've found this: Can you help me with my software licensing issue? Which lead me to ...
Publish private Lan services over Internet
How to access my internal network services from outside my local network ? This is a redundant question i can see on SF, mainly regarding Web Server publication from Lan to Internet. From now, i ...
Why are learning materials questions off-topic?
I asked a question looking for pointers to overview materials about VPNs, as opposed to product-specific documentation. It was very promptly closed as 'off-topic' on the grounds that "Questions ...
Voting statistics on serverfault
I was wondering if there is some place that has voting statistics / general usage statistics on Serverfault. Possibly in relation to its closest sister sites: StackOverflow and Super User. I'm mostly ...
Could someone let me know the reason for closure of my question?
I wanted to know the reason behind the closure of this question. The reason states the question is off-topic which surprises me because I happened to read a pretty similar question again in server ...
Where can I find all Wiki Answers?
I'm currently looking through this site for research purposes, This may be very obvious to which I'll feel very stupid but I cant seem to find a way to see all wiki questions and answers together so ...
Proposed changes to some help pages
In response to voretaq7's comment on an answer elsewhere, I'm here proposing some adjustments to the help and other text. I was looking for the following material, and managed not to find it, though ...
canonical tag for canonical questions?
Does it make sense for us to have a canonical tag on non-meta to flag the canonical questions with? I know that, for me, it would be easier to search for that tag than search for and reference the ...
Why SF is failing - the dismal future of ServerFault
This is a Canonical Question about the scope of Server Fault and the attitude of the community. This is in response to Questions to ask the SE staff regarding the future of ServerFault Why am I ...
2013 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire
In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
Email Question that might not fit on SF
I am trying to find a cost effective approach to delivering a small volume of business emails, that offers a high rate of inbox deliverability. This question borders on a product recommendation, so I ...
Addition of a technical FAQ
My apologies if this has been discussed, although searching through the history the only FAQ people refer to seems to be the About section. What is the community leadership's thoughts on adding a ...
Can we do anything to change the dynamic of the site?
This came up in relation to the upcoming mod election, e.g. Dennis' question here, and tombull89's and Iain's comments here, but I think the discussion of this shouldn't be limited to "what do the the ...
2013 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection
In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
Why the hostility?
The comment thread and reaction to the original poster of this question was completely out-of-line. https://serverfault.com/questions/494996/what-are-the-bare-essentials-to-make-ubuntu-production-...
Should poorly researched, basic, but answerable questions be closed?
This question is, admittedly, incredibly basic. It is also something that I have to explain way more than I would like to some people. Just because the OP didn't put a lot of effort into researching ...
I am seeing a lot of questions recently where people are seeking assistance with installing software - usually compiling from source, or installing an RPM. In my opinion these questions should be ...
Why was my question closed as off-topic?
The question is about understanding a failure or fault of an SSD drive that is not total, and not predicted or visible in SMART. The FAQ for Server Fault says: "Server ... hardware, software ... ...
Question closed as not constructive / locked
A question that had been asked about 3 years ago (Sep 11 2009) and that I answered last week as just been closed as not constructive: Functional implications of differences in SSL and TLS This is a ...
FAQ Rewrite - Round 3
The Words and links below have been incorporated into the FAQ The proposed FAQ has been officially rejected by the power that be. They had an interesting choice of words for the previous edit. The ...
Canonical question CW policy
I've noticed that some questions in the canonical answer list are CW and some are not. Is there a reason for this distinction? Should all canonical Qs be CW? If not, what is the criteria for this?
Voting on the FAQ rewrite, round 2
After a successful edit round, it is time to vote on the results. The text below is the edited text we've worked on for the past week. This will be open until UTC 0:00 Friday (3 days!) to gather ...
FAQ Rewrite edit round 1
Since the FAQ as-written was not accepted, we get to have an edit round. The below is a grammar/spelling/punctuation checked version of the FAQ. The edit process: Proposed edits will be submitted ...
Best 'restricted shell' question
This is one that crops up often: How to restrict the users' shell allowing to execute shell programs But is it the best example we can find of a 'canonical' question on which we can close ...
Voting on the FAQ rewrite
The FAQ is a very, very important document. It forms the topical-foundation of ServerFault in the way that a constitution forms the foundation of a country's legal system. Because of this, changes to ...
Our FAQ sucks (so let's fix it!)
OK folks, I have a serious case of FAQ envy. Because of This question I took a good long look at the DBA.SE FAQ for the first time since it came out of beta. Compared to what they've done the front ...
Answering - a race [closed]
Question: Answerers may be under time pressure to answer first, reducing the quality of initial answers. How can this be mitigated? While the primary objective of this site may be to provide a ...