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Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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why is a post about fail2ban/ipfw off-topic?

Um, well question says it all - why is a question about fail2ban and ipfw off-topic for "serverfault" and gets migrated to "superuser"? It's about server processes, right? Is it because it's MacOS?
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OK, so I just edited my on-hold question

I wrote this question 24 hours ago and amazingly, no less than FIVE of the mods put it "on hold." Apparently I wasn't specific enough in pointing out that this was a BUSINESS QUESTION. I ...
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Any reason not to display my full name in profile?

I'm relatively new to Stack so I was just wondering if there are reasons why you wouldn't want to display your real name. Thank you.
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Another “why is this off-topic?” AWITOT? :-p

I didn't really want to post a question on meta, but it appears that I have to in this case. A simple explanation in the comments would have sufficed but, after being on ServerFault for a long while, ...
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Can we be more polite?

Hello Server Fault people! I really appreciate this help page entitled Be nice. https://serverfault.com/help/be-nice I am frequently concerned with manners. The manners of others and my own. I ...
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Is it 'Minor Edit Week' or something?

I've noticed that this week we're getting a lot of tiny pointless edits to posts (https://serverfault.com/users/100013/jakegould, https://serverfault.com/users/294235/lnux?tab=activity) - how are they ...
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How to ask correctly here on serverfault?

Please read the full question before downvoting. I am a very happy stackoverflow user, i also use quite a few other stackexchange sites with a very good feeling. On no other stackexchange site i ...
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As a reviewer, when should I upvote first posts?

I've recently gained the ability to review first posts and I'm curious about what posts genuinely deserve an upvote. The handy help box suggests the following: No Action Needed when this post needs ...
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Commenting on down votes?

It seems like we have a lot of new folks on the main site now, and every once in awhile I like to answer the "why did I get a downvote???" or "you hurt my feelings" or "you are elitists" type comments,...
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What is the etiquette here regarding duplicate posts?

I am having a problem with Powershell, so I came here as a resource to find an answer. I discovered an existing post that is very similar to my own problem here: WinRM will NOT work, error code ...
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Is it usefull to have both tags 'datastax' and 'datastax-enterprise'?

On questions related to tag cassandra, people tag often datastax and datastax-enterprise (example). I wondered if there a real difference between those two tags, and if one of them should be dropped.
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July 29, 2016 – 17th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day

Yes. This is not a question. I know. This will be closed, and I'm fine with this. But I think all the sysadmin people out there deserve this, so this is just a short reminder ... and I hope this doesn'...
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What is the best/better place for asking questions about GKE/Kubernetes

I have recently posted a few questions on GKE/Kubernetes deployment issues to ServerFault and StackOverflow. A first one has been downvoted and voted-to-close, presumably because it was not strictly ...
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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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Why has my question been deleted?

I asked a question about NFSv4 and FreeBSD and it got deleted? Why?
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Questions about network protocols

Are questions about (application level) network protocols ok here?
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How to / should I flag exact copy answers

I've had this come up a few times, and found some older answers to similar questions on meta. However I believe that the answer heavily depends on the current moderator staff, as they are the ones ...
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Arguing with a moderator always turns out the same way: your question is closed

I've had this happen many, many times, but just recently I asked quite a rudimentary question on ServerFault and someone who turned out to be a moderator answered me. His answer confused me and I ...
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Duplicates with open bounties

I'm curious - should anything be done on questions about questions with active bounties that are duplicates? I'm thinking specifically of Optimal value for Nginx worker_connections as a dupe of our ...
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Two essentially the same answer: one old and one newer (plagiarism)?

I think it's not appropriate that someone just copies someone else's answer. Or even post an answer to a question that is essentially the same as others. Imagine someone asking: How to do X? And the ...
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Posting warnings about bugs

If I know about a critical bug in recently (some hours/days ago) released software, is it appropriate to post a warning in ServerFault (with details what was affected in my case etc.)? P.S. Software ...
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crossposting: How to deal with question asked twice on other stack exchange sites?

I have noticed a user asking the exact same question both on serverfault and stackoverflow. I'm referring to this question: stackoverflow: importerror-no-module-named-xhaus-python-module-importing-...
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Is it ok to post a question on both StackExchange and another software specific forum at the same time?

I have a question about my Server Fault post: How do you configure Confidant to use the Access Key Id/Secret Access Key for its IAM user? I've seen a couple users post a question and leave a note, ...
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Why was this question about svchost HDD thrashing closed?

I asked this question: Who is reading my hard drive? (svchost) Can you please clarify why it is off-topic? I could make a case that a professional could have an issue with svchost doing unneeded and ...
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My reputation is 666; how do I change it? [closed]

I've noticed today that my reputation on ServerFault corresponds to the number of the beast. It makes me very unhappy. I don't have in mind any interesting ServerFault-related question which could ...
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Duplicate tag [service] and [services]

I wanted to report a tag that seems a duplicate; service with 276 questions tagged, and services with 433 question tagged. I think that is similar to this meta question Q: Duplicate tag windows-...
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Does this question fit ServerFault more than SuperUser?

I just asked a question about Windows shell scripting in SuperUser, but I suddenly realised it may suits ServerFault better. Is this the case? How can I move it over? close/delete and re-post?
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What is this [blocking] tag?

The blocking tag has 113 questions, covering Firewall blocking (probably redundant with ip-blocking) Undeliverable e-mail blocking IO resource limits There is no tag wiki at all. What should be ...
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Editing content on 4 year-old questions isn't always necessary

I mean, sometimes content is intentional. Look at the revision history on this: Centos 6.3 install reiserFS support The question was from 2012. The content within was deliberate, and this was the ...
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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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Is it okay to tell users to RTFM?

A large bulk of users with 1 rep ask remedial vague and constantly reoccurring questions, many are not down voted and some are answered. aren't we enablers for laziness? it seems to be acceptable ...
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Advice on books?

I have 1 hour of travel by train now from home to work and I really would like to start reading a bit, mostly about networking and security but also about programming. I've been collecting some list ...
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Should downvotes be moderated?

I've been here for about a month and I've already realised how easy is to downvote for no reason and how some people freely do it. This may cause some problems sometimes (mainly for questions) as a -...
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Is it better to ask about OSX server-related-questions (small-to.mid-sized, Enterprise) in Serverfault or Ask Different?

I have a question about my Server Fault post: How can I clear the DHCP GUI in OSX Server? Ghost clients in the building
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your post was converted to a comment

a user asked a question and set bounty: Apache tries to access wsgi-rest parameters in DocumentRoot (AH01797) - Server Fault I posted my answered it (in hope to get bounty), yet few moments later, I ...
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What's the issue with my questions on Ganglia?

I have received 4 downvotes and 1 upvote on my 5 questions regarding the Ganglia monitoring system: Ganglia's GPU Nvidia module: do we need to patch the ganglia-webfrontend? https://serverfault....
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Was the Server Fault logo derived from a StackOverflow logo proposal?

Out of sheer boredom, I was looking through the collection of logo submissions that were made as part of the StackOverflow Logo Design Contest, and I came across the following three designs, all of ...
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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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Can I ask for help on choosing a load average threshold?

I have a pipeline that runs some computationally intensive tasks on a Linux machine. The script that launches these checks the current load average and waits if it is above a certain threshold. I ...
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What to do with the “rm -rf” hoax question

It turns out the the recent question regarding the misuse of rm -rf in Ansible was actually just a hoax (English) in some kind of viral marketing effort. It become quite famous on various media and ...
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What to do with a question where answer is “I had a typo”? [duplicate]

This may generalize to other questions, but I found a question that seems to me as well formulated, it's an interesting question, but the problem that the questioner user had was a typo in it's ...
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Voted Down on Answer

I recently reviewed a question on serverfault, added a comment, and replied to the question. Q: Installing Ubuntu 14.04 Server as Web server I realised that the question was questionable, because ...
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Are we professionals or…?

Not long ago I cam across this question. Naturally, my first reaction was to simply vote to close it. Not sure why everyone else did not do it and even a moderator did not do it but rather just ...
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Is the suggestion to use a different Operating System reasonable?

I post recently about an issue I had regarding Upstart and Ubuntu 14.04. Two mods chimed in, one suggesting I use a systemd based OS, and another supporting the suggestion to consider another OS. My ...
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Should anonymizing IP addresses, hostnames, company names and other PII be encouraged? [duplicate]

Not to pick on any particular question, but I noticed this question doesn't appear to have anonymized: an IP address from the server access log the referer header the domain name of the site being ...
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Why was my edit to “Must boot manually after a manual installation of Debian on ZFS root file system” rejected?

I came across Must boot manually after a manual installation of Debian on ZFS root file system on the main site. The OP had not included the specific error messages in the question (they were posted ...
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What is the scope of what docker questions are on topic here?

This question briefly touches on this subject: Are questions on Docker suitable for ServerFault? But none of the answers really address the general question comprehensively about what types of ...
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Soliciting chargeable work from OP?

So I stumbled on a post when OP clearly was out of their league. In the comments of an answer, the OP was informed that the scope of work was such that they should pay for it. Further down, a second ...
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Can I ask for a comparison between two specific testing tools?

I have a question about feature differences between two Fluke cable and network testing tools. It's probably more appropriate for e.g. an Amazon community question but I havent been getting responses ...
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What do I do with a question that has become irrelevant?

I asked a question (Can't connect to remote centos 7 install from at least one host) that has for whatever reason resolved itself after almost a day of not using the affected computer. I was going ...