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Downvoting in response to closed question

After a question was recently closed the poster of said question started downvoting posts of everybody participating in the closure of his question. Is such behavior considered appropriate? If not is ...
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Which other site should “unprofessional” people fly away?

I wrote a question two weeks ago, closed for not being professional enough. I tried to understand why it was closed, and i tried to make understand people that perhaps they were wrong closing it, and ...
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Is it acceptable to heavily edit my closed question?

My question was closed as not constructive, despite having some pretty decent answers. After some thought I can more or less see what was wrong with it, and I'd like to make it into something useful. ...
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Hiding closed questions?

If you, my peers, have decided that a question should be closed, why oh why does it still show up in the list of questions on the main Serverfault page? Even if this continues to be the default ...
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Question about ReadyNAS being inaccessible was put on hold as "off-topic" — what to do?

I spent a lot of time reading the rules and requirements, and feel like my question is right in line with Server Fault's regulations for a question. Can anyone help me out here? I tried to ask for ...
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Whats really being taken in consideration to close a question?

What’s really being taken in consideration to close a question? Is it based on how "ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form" or ...
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What does marked as duplicate by Community♦ mean?

I came across a question which said marked as duplicate by Community♦ 1 hour ago Usually when a question is closed there will be an indication of who closed it - either five users or one moderator....
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Closing duplicate questions on Meta

Possible Duplicate: Discussions should not be marked as duplicate Could we please stop closing duplication questions on Meta? There have been several questions discussing problems with Server ...
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My question was locked as off topic. Where should I take it to

I made a question, and I was starting to get some good information on it, but it wwas closed as off topic without even a recommendation of where to take it. This is not a trivial question every IT ...
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Clearing out the crap. We need some people with diamonds next to their name to help out!

This search from Deleting closed questions with no answers has really helped us delete a lot of the crap that has been sitting in closed-but-not-deleted limbo and has helped to raise the percent of ...
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What is a proper question that is on topic?

I encountered a problem with a host provider that they were unable to fix. I'm not new to system administration, however this system was not under my control so I thought I ask if anyone had ...
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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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Can I withdraw questions?

One of my questions Are most webserver benchmarks useless? has been put on hold as primarily opinion-based. Having re-read the ServerFault guidelines, I have realized that not being a technical ...
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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 ...
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How to decide where is the line between StackOverflow and ServerFault

My question in Serverfault just got down-voted and closed: https://serverfault.com/questions/455030/tunneling-http-requests-in-windows-server-2012 My problem is right at the line between code and ...
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Can you help me formulate a better question (re: server security)

I would like to learn more about how to secure a webserver including topics like which OS to use, what policies to consider, which pieces of OSS are available that can help, what (human) processes are ...
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What do I do with this [x-post] question

I initially posted a question SO https://stackoverflow.com/questions/18934982/opening-yoast-com-opens-up-my-localhost-dev-server But it was being flagged as off-topic. So I posted it here on SF. ...
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Flag a closed question for removal?

I just came across a question that looks to me like the intention was to remove it last November: to be deleted - question [closed] [closed] (edit: meanwhile removed) Having less than 10k rep, ...
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How to draw attention to a closed question that has been edited so it can be re-opened?

How to draw attention to a closed question that has been edited and is up for a review and possible re-opening? This information is not in the FAQ. I don't want to be lazy and simply create another (...
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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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Deleted post: why mine, and not many others on the same question?

This answer on a question about what seems to be a rogue IT security adviser was deleted. My guess about the closure is because it repeats another answer. However, it's just a guess. It would be ...
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Should this question have been / why was this question closed?

The question "How do you approach centralised patch management for Linux?" seems to fall pretty straightforwardly under the auspices of "Operations, maintenance, and monitoring". Despite the fact ...
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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 ...
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Why is the question about multiple A records for a hostname closed?

How browsers handle multiple IPs is not only closed, but locked by the mods. I can't see why. It asks for details that are necessary to understand the effects of deciding to use DNS load balancing - a ...
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A query on a question closure: request for Postfix documentation

Kudos to HopelessNoob for tackling his Sisyphean cleanup task - I'd like to get a 2nd opinion, though, on a question he has closed, which I guess links up to my not really understanding his thinking ...
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Why was my question closed?

This question is a question about a Windows Server configuration issue: Configure IIS Web Site for alternate Port and receive Access Permission error For some reason it was moved to Stack Overflow ...
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Why was my question regarding PoE monitor closed?

I had a question regarding the availability of monitors that can be powered via 802.3at that was closed as off topic recently: https://serverfault.com/questions/256868/does-anyone-know-of-a-19-or-...
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Reopen locked question

I stumbled across a inspircd authentication question which is locked so answers, comments, edits are restricted. The link in the sole (accepted) answer can't even be updated to point at the current ...
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The right place for a question about mobile network basics?

I sometimes use mobile internet (via UMTS in my case), and sometimes the high latency (>200ms) is rather annoying. I did some googling and found out that latencies of 200-300ms are normal for UMTS. ...
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Why was this question closed as off topic?

If someone can explain to me why the following was closed as 'off-topic', I would appreciate it. I will use the feedback to improve the question or just remove it. Thank you
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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 ...
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Where this is a web hosting control panel?

Override template homedir on FreeNAS 11.3 joined in Active Directory FreeNAS/TrueNAS is an enterprise grade storage system. This is not even near as a web hosting panel. Sorry for the honesty but ...
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Why was this packet sniffing question closed?

How can I filter https when monitoring traffic with Wireshark? Why was this question closed? Seems perfectly valid to me...
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Have we lost critical mass of 3000+ accounts?

Outside of when a moderators step in, I rarely see questions being closed due to receiving votes. Do we not have enough 3000+ rep people on the site or is the 5 vote limit for close too high? I'm ...
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have I added enough to get question re-opened?

I've added information to a question to see if that is enough to get it re-opened. standby only at login screen? Is it enough information or do I need to add more?
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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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Question closed because I am not an administrator on the server?

I posted this question earlier and was surprised that it was closed with the explanation: "Not A Real Question: It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, ...
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Why was my question regarding software management in a corporate environment closed?

I'm trying to understand why my question was closed, in the comments it mentioned that I didn't put much effort into it, and that's false for reasons I'll go into below, and its also marked as off-...
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I don't understand why a question is not a REAL question?

I asked a simple question here How can I redirect MySQL queries to another server? Now my topic is closed, I don't understand why? because It's related to MySQL, MySQl-Sever and server stuff. I even ...
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"Closed as off topic" Question Criteria

Occasionally I'm confused why a question gets closed. I was just browsing around and came across this one. Xenserver Setup & Purchase I'm just curios what qualified this one as "Off Topic" ?
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I asked a question for my work. Is this not 'managing information technology systems in a business environment'?

So I asked this question about a system I use for work: Wget and Curl complain about expired ceritificate, but it's not expired? It got closed with the following reason: Questions on Server Fault ...
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Closed as duplicate in error?

The question How do we instruct our employees to protect themselves from Heartbleed? was closed as a duplicate of Heartbleed: What is it and what are options to mitigate it?. Was that closure in ...
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Why was my post closed by a moderator?

I asked a question about connnecting a printer to Google Cloud on Server Fault and he put it on hold stating: Questions on Server Fault must be about managing information technology systems in a ...
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Question is off topic, where to put it or how to improve?

I just noticed that (after getting much valuable insight though the answers) this question was flagged as off topic: How can we explain CIDR notation with /24 and /32 to a manager? Before posting I ...
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Why was my question closed as "off-topic"?

I have a question about my Server Fault post: "Welcome to Intellek" when trying to install Windows LTSC 2021 in Qemu Why was my question closed? The close message does not provide enough ...
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Why was my question closed as opinion-based?

My question about edge computing was closed as opinion-based. Here is the relevant help page: Opinion-based - Discussions focused on diverse opinions can be great, but they just don't fit our format ...
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My question got closed but I don't really understand why

I asked this question a few days ago and it got closed by someone from the comment section because I apparently "left out relevant details." I disagree on the relevance of the details but ...
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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 ...
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Question quickly downvoted and closed. Can someone explain why?

My question about RAID 2 was quickly downvoted and closed for being non-constructive. Can someone explain why it was deemed non-constructive so that I can ask better questions in the future?
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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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