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Anonymous edit of recent user questions

Interesting case with the question Regex to remove certain patterns from urls . The user who asked this was recently registered. The profile is empty and this is their first question. Then there is an ...
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At what level should we reject edits?

We don't have many edits, but we have some. My overall impression is that they fall into two categories: Substantial improvements to the item. Fixes language and generally tidies up the question ...
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How are easy-to-spot review audits useful?

I know I'm being served an edit review audit when: The review takes several seconds to load The title has nonsense phrase edits I nearly mechanically Reject for Spam/Vandalism. I don't really know ...
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How to handle consistent handholding questions?

Over the last few days I've seen the same user post a series of questions, all on the same topic. Each question is a little further on from the previous one. I'm curious what Meta's opinion on this is....
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Rescind rule on business IT?

This site has a rule about not covering home configurations or systems, limiting it to IT used in a business environment. I think it's time to rescind that rule, and allow more complex home lab ...
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Merge DevOps into ServerFault? (polite for: close down DevOps SE and find the best SE for the freed Q/A?)

There are few questions from users >200 points on DevOps. There are on the whole 5000 questions, and new questions get few views and few answers. This SE should be merged into ServerFault even in ...
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Is there anything useful I can do to help with the massive number of spam posts coming in?

It looks like today there's a huge number of spam questions being created. Other than downvoting/flagging, is there anything useful regular users can do? Are there sysadmins that are hopefully looking ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Please silently tag rocky-linux

I just created rocky-linux and can see 16 questions searching rocky linux with only one noise result dated 2018. Given overall project support, I speculate this will increase, thus the tag. Can ...
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How should I handle dead links on questions/answers?

How should dead links in questions and answers be handled when found - should they be marked as such, removed, or similar? For example, in this answer, the links to pages on the GitHub site now return ...
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Let's patch up the [patch] tag!

I think the patch should be split into two tags: patch-panel and something to refer to patching a computer, perhaps software-patch would be a good name (I'm open to other options, though). Or, patch ...
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Rest in peace, Michael Hampton

Several social media posts from people who knew Michael Hampton dated around October 5 and an Ever Loved obituary dated October 1 state that he has passed away. Here on Server Fault, where he was ...
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Where is the best place to ask question about servers but also when "learning new things"?

Being attracted from the name "ServerFault" I thought this was the best StackExchange site to ask about servers which I own with AWS. But when going through the tour and some meta questions, ...
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Questions about "is this a reasonable practice" and about "home business"

I am talking about this Keep windows offline but allow connectivity for specific apps and its comments. Two things are annoying me. First. The O.P. asked perfectly "business" question and ...
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What to do about URL redirecting tools.ietf.org -> datatracker.ietf.org?

I have seen some RFC documents linked with URLs pointing to third-party (non-ietf.org) formatting tools, and one recent suggested edit reproducing what is currently also a redirect: https://www.rfc-...
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Suggested edit queue full

This is an all too common occurrence on Serverfault. Most of the times I've attempted to edit something, the queue is full. I'm aware of that it takes time to empty the queue, but having a constantly ...
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Thread closed as off-topic - perhaps some slack needed?

Topic at hand: Advice needed on migrating shares from a 2003 DC to a new 2012: how can I avoid breaking my software install GPOs? Long story short: I'm not an avid writer in the discussions here. ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

UPDATE: While the testing period has ended, this change has been well-received by the community so we have opted to not reset the votes needed to close/reopen to 5 while we look at data. Please let me ...
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Why I cannot ask question in ServerFault while I have no downvoted questions or issues? [duplicate]

I know I might be given huge downvotes for this question (but please be kind to me), but may I know the reason why I cannot ask in ServerFault? I see my questions none of them are downvoted and my ...
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Proposed canonical question: Why is it considered bad practice to run everything on the same server?

My usual reaction after seeing questions like this one is to cry a lot, vote to close and add a suggestion to rethink what you are doing and/or call in a professional. But I think we can do better ...
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How can we measure the health of ServerFault?

What tools or metrics do we have to measure the health of the ServerFault community? I mean that are available to non-moderators. I've read lots of debates here over the years about how healthy the ...
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An expired & re-registered domain causing multiple harmful links across ServerFault

While reading an answer on a canonical question I found out that a domain of our formerly active contributor, MDMarra, has expired and registered by someone else. He has been referencing his blog here ...
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Explain like I'm 5 — EMM, MDM, UEM

I have a question about my Server Fault post: Explain like I'm 5 — EMM, MDM, UEM I posted this question here because I saw your MDM tag. Why's my question off topic? Apology.
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Altering a error message when it is JSON

I added some markdown to the question: Azure Machine Learning Classic web service gives the error too many open devices While I consider it benefits from syntax highlight, now it displays a horizontal ...
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How will I ever be able to comment if I need a 50 reputation

Reputation is soooo frustrating. I wanted to answer someone's follow-on question to: https://serverfault.com/questions/54736/how-to-check-if-a-library-is-installed?newreg=...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Are link-only answers accepted on ServerFault?

I regularly review on StackOverflow, but am not actively engaged on ServerFault. Over the weekend, out of habit, I flagged two link-only answers, which wouldn’t be permitted on most Stack Exchange ...
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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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Audit Question: This type of question most appropriately belongs on the Security stack

This question is in regards to a Review Audit Question that I ran into. I am new to the review queue. I am not debating that this review test is a high quality question since it would be answerable, ...
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What to do about new users posting useless answers only to make themselves known?

I've recently often witnessed the quite sad phenomenon of new (and often clueless) users trying to make themselves known by adding useless answers to already-answered questions, or to old unanswered (...
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Old and useless questions bumped to home page by "Community"

I know there is a background process that bumps unanswered questions to home page; I understand the logic behind this is to give them a chance to be answered. The problem is, this often bumps to home ...
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Is [filter] about [filtering]?

Are filter and filtering the same thing? The former has the following tag except while the latter has none: Usually related with text filtering of some kind, like logs. This may also refer to email ...
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Is the serverfault community oriented by profession or knowledge areas? [duplicate]

I am not a professional sysadmin and I asked a question which was understandably poorly received. I'm a developer and I'm learning server management in bits and pieces as I try to use the same ...
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What is wrong with this question?

I got downvoted instantly for this question: Hostname from IP address (again ...) Can anyone tell me what the problem is? If it is just noise for network professionals, and they are irritated by it, ...
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Octopus Deploy Will Soon Be Sponsoring Server Fault!

We're excited to announce that Octopus Deploy will be sponsoring Server Fault for the next year beginning very soon! These types of partnerships that help us bring more resources to our communities ...
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Is my question about configuring a AT&T fiber router for passthrough/bridge operation appropriate for this site?

I posted this question yesterday, not 100% sure it is appropriate for the site: How to configure the AT&T (Arris) BGW-210 router for IP Passthrough using static IP(s) and pointing to Unify Dream ...
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Can someone please create a new "LEMP" stack tag on ServerFault?

I hope I'm doing this right, I don't have enough reputation yet to create tags. It looks like the LAMP stack tag already exists, but the corresponding LEMP tag for Nginx (not Apache) server stacks ...
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Why can't I post on server fault?

I'd like to know why I can't post on serverfault. I have checked my question history and they all have positive karma. When will the ban on server fault end? Why was I ban for such a long time (years)...
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Rename tag [parse] to [parse-server]

The parse tag refers to Parse Server and I suggest to rename it to parse-server to make the tag consistent with the parse-server tag on StackOverflow prevent using the tag for parsing related ...
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Why are users limited to X-number of edits?

I've been given access to the Late Answers and First Posts review queues, however it appears as though I am only able to submit edits for up to 5 posts at a time and cannot submit further edits until ...
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Which StackExchange site would be appropriate to ask questions about Moodle server administration on?

Which StackExchange site would be appropriate to ask questions about Moodle server administration on? I am unsure whether ServerFault, or perhaps Unix and Linux, or perhaps another SE site, would be ...
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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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Inflation of Reputation

How does stack exchange identify if someone is inflating his/her own reputations? On the other day, my other account was been banned for a week because my friend gave me a vote up on my all questions ...
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Question considered off-topic

Why is this question considered off-topic?
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limit in question

I click in ask question and get the following error: How can I ask new question?
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How to move or reopen; question relates to both ServerFault and Stack Overflow

My question on slow mysql performance was closed as off-topic: Questions on Server Fault must be about managing information technology systems in a business environment. Home and end-user ...
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"Not an answer" flag declined

I've asked a question with a bounty as below: Hot swapping physical disks passed through to a qemu VM The bounty has now expired and there is one answer, which I regard as basically an attempt to ...
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Should answers offering risky suggestions be edited to warn about the dangers?

I recently submitted a suggested edit to this answer on HP DL380p Fans run 100% as soon as OS Loads but even though it highlights a potential fire risk involved with following the solution given in ...
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How to get a new tag added to Serverfault?

I would like to add the tag "NVLINK" to list of available tags. I don't have high enough reputation though. NVLINK is a hardware based GPU to GPU data link created by Nivida. It is the basis of it's ...
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My attempted posted answer says looks like spam and won't post

I'm all about sharing research. My lengthy and detailed response to a question, including a working script will not post because "it looks like spam". Anyone have an idea how to fix this?
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