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Server Fault needs professional-quality questions, not just questions from professionals

In the nearly 4 years that I’ve participated on Server Fault, it’s been a community that I’ve been proud to be a part of, and I’ve been able to build my own skill set a lot and help people out at the ...
29 votes
13 answers
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How can we recruit and retain more talent?

Tangentially related to another meta post, the last discussion about this was a while back, so it may be time to revisit this topic. The #1 answer in the chat was money, so that and fried chicken ...
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New close reasons - Proposals (July 2013)

As everyone should be aware by now, a new off-topic close dialog has been implemented network-wide. The new system offers us the opportunity to customize our off-topic close reasons, and This post is ...
16 votes
11 answers
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Should we punish and also close questions with blindingly obvious answers?

There are questions that get asked, from time to time, whose answers are fundamental and blindingly obvious to anyone with a reasonable amount of knowledge about the topic being considered, such as ...
35 votes
6 answers
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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 ...
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7 answers
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Questions to ask the SE staff regarding the future of ServerFault

There is user concern regarding the direction ServerFault has been heading over the past year; in particular what some, myself included, see as a significant rise in inappropriate and bad questions ...
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4 answers
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Why "professional capacity"?

This is part of a set of questions on how Server Fault defines "professional" system and network administration. For additional information, see: What IS a "professional capacity"?...
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4 answers
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Can non-professional administrators still ask questions about professional setups?

I by no means consider myself to be a professional network administrator. Rather, I am a systems and application programmer, and an occasional project manager. However, due to the nature of my work, ...
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19 votes
3 answers
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Refusing to give teh codez, good or bad practice?

When trying to provide an answer, I sometimes found myself hesitant to provide the exact recipe that would be a solution for a particular problem. I think it is better (it has always been better when ...
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27 votes
5 answers
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I think we're overdoing "that's not professional" comments

[Most of this post blatantly ripped off from MDMarra's] https://serverfault.com/questions/590349/compiling-newer-version-of-apache-in-fedora-14 ... is the question that prompted my post, but this ...
4 votes
6 answers
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Why are moderators/high rep users focused on narrowing the scope of SF?

As a systems admin I often come on here looking for the answer to an obscure question. The best way to get an answer to that is to have the widest audience/knowledgebase possible, not the most ...
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12 votes
5 answers
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Proposed change to Server Fault guidelines

Following up on the discussion here, I’d like to propose some changes to our help center guidelines to remove subjective language (particularly the “professional” part) and simplify things a bit, ...
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5 answers
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Are RaspberryPi's ever on topic for ServerFault?

I'm seeing more questions to do with RaspberryPi boards. This latest one set me off: Why can't I stream more than 1 file using nginx? Is there a belief that RaspberryPis can be used in a professional ...
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15 votes
7 answers
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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 ...
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14 votes
5 answers
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Are we upvoting/downvoting questions for the right reasons?

tl;dr: in the tooltip for upvoting/downvoting of questions is the semicolon(;) considered an and/or (meaning do we upvote if it is clear and useful but no research, or upvote for research but not ...
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