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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
Shane Madden's user avatar
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How to deal with Windows Home Server questions on Serverfault?

Should questions about Microsoft's Windows Home Server be closed on Serverfault or tolerated (until goes online)? I'm sitting on the fence, because they certainly "violate" the FAQ maxim ...
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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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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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Where do questions regarding labs for enterprise equipment & software belong if not SF?

So this is in regards to, which was closed because it was considered off topic. I had a chance to discuss this with EEAA, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Secure alternative to ssh gets closed as too localised? This is an interesting question from several angles: someone in Iran is asking a question on ServerFault it asks about alternatives to ...
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