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Why was this question flagged as off-topic?

I have a question about my Server Fault post: Application is not accesible using a public IP address Why was this question marked as off-topic? It isn't related to development problems, and I don't ...
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On-topic automation/management tools vs off-topic product recommendations - where the border lies?

My recently asked question has been put on-hold minutes after being published. However not being new to ServerFault and quite a few other SE websites this surprised me. For me as asker the question is ...
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How to flag/close questions about old/irrelevant versions [duplicate]

I just came across an unanswered question from 2012, asking about an issue with the Archlinux boot process. It's now been several years and the Arch boot process changed a lot (switched to Systemd, ...
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Do we consider Bitnami to fall under the cPanel close reason?

It's not exactly a cPanel-style system, but it shares the same characteristics - weird, specific, one-click configurations that are pervasive and difficult to debug and tweak. Is it legitimate to ...
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What's the best close reason for impossible troubleshooting questions?

We have the "insufficient info to troubleshoot" close reason: Questions seeking installation, configuration or diagnostic help must include the desired end state, the specific problem or error, ...
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We should bring back the “question must show a minimal understanding” close reason

As per this discussion, the old "questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved" close reason has been replaced. However, questions such as this one (*) (and ...
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Change the duplicate excerpt

Currently, This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please edit this question to explain how it is different or ask a new ...
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Should we refer to U&L in the “managing information technology systems in a business environment” off-topic reason?

I'm seeing a lot of questions that are just trivial "how do I use <Unix tool X>" questions, where X is things like curl, rsync, etc. Most of these are getting closed as OT, "not managing IT ...
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Where do questions regarding labs for enterprise equipment & software belong if not SF?

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, ...
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Should we introduce a close reason for old, unanswered and unlike-to-be-answered questions?

Inspired by this question randomly popping up on the front page, although it hasn't been edited and no new answers of comments have been posted for more than three years. I guess this is due to some ...
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Question closed because it was not in a busness enviroment, but i'm doing it for a company?

Now I'm just trying to understand the following close reason in regard to my question: "Questions on Server Fault must be about managing information technology systems in a business environment. Home ...
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closed serverfault question

I am reading this closed question and I find the reason for closing it a bit confusing: Why does it matter the environment where the issue occurs, since it could equally happen both at home for ...
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We need a custom close reason for web hosting control panels

As part of our ongoing cleanup of old (and new) web hosting control panel questions, we need a custom close reason for web hosting control panels which explains the issue, why we are unable to accept ...
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New close reason - Proposals (April 2015)

I have been more active in the close queue lately and found myself looking for specific close reasons, or even anything close to them, but not seeing them. I don't know the proper process for ...
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clarification on off-topic “management interfaces”

I recently directed a user from StackOverflow to SuperUser, as they were asking a question about how to properly configure their apache-webserver (or more: why their configuration denied access to ...
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Minecraft Server Questions--VTC?

I'm honestly confused as to whether I should be VTCing these or not. I'm looking at them and trying to decide if they refer to technology that's useful outside of Minecraft servers or not, and using ...
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What can we do to fix the “Reasonable management practices” close reason?

I don't like it! Let's make it better, because it's weak. What questions are being closed right now with it where it's not conveying what we want it to? Are they "you're on the wrong site", "you're ...
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Proposed close reason: Ask your vendor/sysadmin

ChrisS said here that y'all were looking for text for an "ask your vendor" close reason. I'd like to propose: Questioners must have required access to fix the problem. Some questions are more ...
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Please be more careful with your choice of close reason

I refer specifically to this question: Netgear GS724T - all lights are always on - although this is just one specific example, I see this repeatedly day after day on different questions. netgear ...
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Remove “Professional” close-reason

The third close-reason is currently: Questions must be relevant to professional system administration. Server Fault is dedicated to professional system and network administrators. End user and ...
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Rewriting “minimal understanding”

This current close reason is confusing and potentially misleading. Questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Try including attempted solutions, why they didn't ...
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Can the off-topic close reasons be re-arranged?

Now that there's a re-written shopping question close reason, the generic "not relevant to system administration" close reason has moved up. Is it possible to move it back? i.e. so that it's just ...
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Clarifying the “shopping question” close reason

Our custom close reason for shopping questions is confusing. It currently reads: Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become ...
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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 ...
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Duplicate of a locked “historical significance” question?

This question https://serverfault.com/questions/590163/monitoring-server-statistics Is being marked as a duplicate of What tool do you use to monitor your servers? The latter question is a locked ...
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Mis-closed question: I am a sys admin, this topic is “on topic”, and I did perform research

I was directed to post my request for re-opening of a question from Comms Room here. The following question was closed as off-topic, but it is not off-topic as defined. "Questions must be relevant ...
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Is “the OP figured it out to be caused by something singular” a valid close reason?

The reason I am asking (before flagging the question) DNS issue for internal website routing internet connection from remote location got a comment from the OP The problem is solved. ... Turns ...
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Moderator deleting my questions

A moderator closed a question of mine as a duplicate despite it not being a duplicate (the circumstances and the question are different, he claimed it was a duplicate of a general FAQ-style question). ...
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Clarifying “Novice questions are off-topic”

One of our close reasons reads as follows: Questions must be relevant to professional system administration. Server Fault is a site dedicated to professionals; novice questions are off-topic. ...
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Serial close-voting?

Is this considered a bad thing? i.e. if someone goes through a specific user's questions and casts a close vote on all (or most) of them? ...'cause I'm pretty sure someone is doing that to "Sandra." ...
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Why isn't SE, Inc. bothering to *explain* all the changes in close vote reasons?

I haven't kept track, but we've only had the new close vote reasons for - I dunno - about a month? And today they've changed again, completely changing off-topic reasons with no explanation, no ...
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Should we be more tolerant of qualitative questions?

It seems to me that "Not Constructive" is being overused... I was thinking about this after having a question of mine closed: What are the benefits of "enterprise-level" virtualization? ...
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Why was my rsync filter question regarding a business merger closed?

i asked rsync not removing single quotes around array of strings --filter list on ServerFault, but it was closed as off-topic without explanation. i am trying to automate a safe way to move files ...
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Why were my questions deleted and account suspended?

I was recently blocked from serverfault for 1 month. Apparently for asking questions (gasp). I have asked 5 questions over a period of many months, and all have been closed/deleted (all unfairly in ...
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Advice needed on how to improve specific question

I'm after some advice. I asked the question below in good faith but it's been closed (as non-constructive) and I'm at a bit of a loss in figurng out how I can ask it the right way. Any help ...
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Using “not a real question” as a close reason on questions that have answers

I saw this question closed as Not A Real Question (NARQ). What I want to discuss is not this closure in particular, but rather the act of closing a question as NARQ when it already has an answer. ...
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Why is this IP question off topic? [closed]

This question is about IPv9, asking specifically if there is a history for the famous April Fool's joke and the Chinese adoption story. It was closed as off topic in a surprisingly short time by a ...
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Should we have a “general reference” close reason?

I've been noticing an influx of questions lately which not only show a total lack of research, but are completely and thoroughly answered in the product documentation. Such questions almost always ...
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ServerFault Fundamentalism

There has been a shift in tone in ServerFault over the last few years. When it started, the focus seemed to be on providing an open resource for professional admins to help figure out problems. Now ...
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Close votes should be blind, in order to preserve objectivity and original thought [closed]

If you watch the frequency of close votes, I presume you would find that close votes cause close votes. That is to say, a question might receive its first close vote on its third day of existence, ...
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What makes this question “not real”?

I'm having a hard time understanding why this question was closed https://serverfault.com/questions/449735/inconsistency-in-a-popular-postfix-tutorial-about-directory-structure-for-virtua Of course ...
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Is nginx off-topic?

In reviewing today I happened across this question which has been closed as off-topic. The question is a pretty simple one about Nginx modules and administrative control panels, and I'm baffled as to ...
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Question about optimizing compilers for a server was closed although it precisely fits SF's scope

I'd like to ask about the rationale behind closing my question about compilers for AMD Bulldozer CPUs. The FAQ for ServerFault states that questions about (quote) Server and Business Workstation ...
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Choosing the appropriate close reason

So I recently gained the vote-to-close privilege, but I'm often not sure what the most appropriate close reason is. NARQ and Not Constructive seem very similar, and I see a lot of questions being ...
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On-topic question closed as off topic?

As a user of Stack Exchange sites for a while now, I have often been frustrated by the lack or predictability in whether a question will be up-voted, down-voted or closed. In general, I do not ask ...
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What to do with the “Hidden features of …” question collections?

I just spotted this question on the front page, and I think this one and it's siblings listed in there should be closed/locked like their relatives (e.g.. the command line tools on Windows). What do ...
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Question that cannot be answered?

Can I have a question closed, or should I move it to community wiki, or...what's the best practice? Specifically Windows Update not working on Windows Server 2008 R2, simply because there is no way ...
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What's wrong with my question concerning VMware?

My latest question has been closed as off topic. I've read the FAQ and am quite sure my question was both practical and answerable (indeed it was answered and the answer solved the problem). I thought ...
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Can we weed out the benchmarking questions?

I propose a change to the FAQ and closing policy: I'd like to see all of the benchmarking questions closed with prejudice; I'm tired of seeing them. In my mind, the answer is almost always the same: ...
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Secure alternative to ssh gets closed as too localised?

https://serverfault.com/questions/345962/alternative-for-ssh This is an interesting question from several angles: someone in Iran is asking a question on ServerFault it asks about alternatives to ...