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Why is rudeness tolerated? [duplicate]

I've noticed a few posters on serverfault that take potshots (ad hominem, or insinuations of stupidity) at people. This would seem to be in violation of: Always be polite and have fun It’s fine ...
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Should Server Fault stop accepting questions from unregistered users?

If you've read the front page recently, you're well aware that there's a large percentage of total crap on it. Indeed, more than a third of the questions posted in the last 60 days have been closed or ...
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No limited time between posts

As I am involved in a few SE sites, I have noticed that basically all have a time limit between when you can post again, presumably to stop people spamming. For example, Super Users is 30 minutes, I ...
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Why was my Windows Server 2012 R2 and TLS question closed as off-topic?

I posted a question about Windows Server 2012 R2 and how Windows Server chooses the protocol for the client hello packet However, the question was closed soon after due to being off-topic. I have ...
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A vandal edit by the answer author

I wonder what's going on here: https://serverfault.com/a/932629/325117 https://serverfault.com/a/922350/325117 https://serverfault.com/a/933012/325117 The normal topic answer changed into absolutely ...
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Strange editors emerged

Is this normal? About one third of the edit review queue is filled by this user and similar, and their contribution to the post typically is literally two or three changed characters. Often, the ...
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SSL and TLS synonyms should be reversed

I tagged my question tls but it appears to be a synonym of ssl. Considering TLS is over 25 years old and has long since replaced SSL, I think that ssl should be a synonym of tls and not the other way ...
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Merge [tag:copy] and [tag:copying]

The tags copy and copying seem synonymous. Let's merge them?
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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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Why are you abiding by WPSE mods asking you to close my question?

Why is Gerald doing what WPSE mods asked him to do? Closing my question for no reason? What are some good Nginx rate limits for WordPress websites? Very tired of the petty power trips and egos that ...
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How to enable dark mode in serverfault

I have been using stack overflow for a few months now, and I really enjoy the dark mode feature. I recently tried to find the same feature on serverfault, but I couldn't seem to find it. Does anyone ...
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Google Cloud will be Sponsoring Server Fault SE

Update on March 21, 2024 This site sponsorship has been extended through June 30th. Update on January 24, 2024 This site sponsorship is now only visible to users in the US and Canada, due to the ...
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Simple Question: are homelab questions are on topic for Serverfault

I'm noticing that more and more questions related to some home lab environment are appearing. As I understand the rules, this is not on topic. And for fun fact, it appears that no one has asked this ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Why is this question closed as off topic?

Trying to serve IIS files on a Mac - IIS seems to see directory structure but not individual files reasonable information technology management practices In the question, I am setting up a local ...
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Low effort questions with lack of basic troubleshooting

I have been active trying to help people here on serverfault and have been in IT for 15 years, and it's a problem on a lot of communities. But it would be great if we could provide feedback with ...
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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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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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Should we have a Slack tag?

Questions like this one seem to be missing a "Slack" tag because we don't have a slack tag on ServerFault. This would be a logical addition to our tags since it is commonly used in many IT ...
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How can I move a stackexchange entry to another stackexchange server?

I see many excellent questions with excellent answers that are closed because the question was asked on the wrong server. For example: A question was posted on stackexchange.com, but should have been ...
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Labor action notice

Today, 5th June, is the beginning of a strike by many StackExchange moderators over the recent policy announcement by StackExchange staff around handling AI and Large Language Model (LLM) generated ...
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Problems with low-traffic Stack Exchange sites

There seems to be several issues with some Stack Exchange sites. There is very low traffic in the sites, and question I ask are often deterred. For one example, take a look at the https://math....
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Why is the question about Nginx, MySQL and Wordpress is off-topic?

I have a question about my Server Fault post: Wordpress via 3 PHP versions Is here a place I'm able to ask questions about servers' software? I thought the questions about installing Wordpress and ...
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Why can't we black list questions with description contain mobile number and string loans?

As we seeing lots of spam why can't we black list questions with description contain mobile number and string "loans" combo in this platform?
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Why is this question off-topic?

I was looking at this question which is historic but massively upvoted, and I don't understand why it's off topic. Does orientation affect hard drive lifespan? Mounting hard drives would seem to be ...
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Is it "a .ear file" or "an .ear file"?

For the question currently titled "How to deploy an .ear file in glassfish?", is it "a .ear file" (a dot-ear file) or "an .ear file" (an ear file)? Because it certainly ...
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Massive Spam Attacks since couple of days

It seems that https://serverfault.com/search?q=loan+number My first page on ServerFault looks like gets a lot of hits for the same spam type, and I'm already hitting the flag limits what could be ...
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Is this haproxy question appropriate for serverfault?

Does this question meet the criteria for on topic for SF? It is home networking but with enterprise hardware and software so it felt like it was blurring the lines as I typed it out but I was curious ...
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Should spam flag have optional hidden comment?

When flagging a post spam because of a single URL considered as spam it may be challenging to find the reason for flag, if the post otherwise is well formed. For example there seems to be a user ...
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Stack Overflow Inc. changes policy regarding enforcement of AI-Generated posts

As per this post: What is the network policy regarding AI Generated content? Although the guidance given in this public post is somewhat different from what was discussed a day earlier in a private ...
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Homepage spammed

Today, I saw a ton of posts by a ton of different account advertising the NBA. They completly filled the homepage and used up all my flags. What happened and how can this be prevented, since this has ...
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ChatGPT answers not permitted

I am posting this as a new policy for ServerFault, but it has not yet been discussed among users or moderators of the site. It is a starting point for a policy, I fully expect it to evolve based on ...
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Why doesn't ServerFault allow questions about unsupported hardware/software platforms?

I ran across a question today with the following close reason: Questions should demonstrate reasonable business information technology management practices. Questions that relate to unsupported ...
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Found useful info on a post closed as "too narrow/restricted". Is that Ok?

It says "This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not ...
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Middle Sidebar Advertising

As you all know, advertising is an important source of revenue for Stack Overflow and it helps us support all the sites across the Stack Exchange Network and the resources that go into maintaining and ...
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What is the proper procedure when an old answer no longer works?

The following scenario; You have the same problem as a previous asker, or a highly similar one. The previous answer has a working, accepted solution... 8 years ago. Things have changed (software ...
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If this question is off-topic, where is it on-topic?

This question: Google Calendar alternative for an NGO who wishes to publicly share an activities calendar which is somewhere in the convex hull of SF, SR, SU and maybe WebApps, has been closed as off-...
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2022: 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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A small measure of congratulations

To @dave-m for doing the 100K'th Suggest Edit review! You don't get to milestones like that very often. With 6,733 suggested-edit reviews, Dave has the largest percentage of edit-reviews of any user. ...
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Why this edit was accepted?

https://serverfault.com/posts/1101435/timeline I don't understand why talks about "pwsh", what the hell is it? Powershell? Windows? Why was it added? Why this particular answer? This ...
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Why my question is downvoted even with all the required info available in the question?

I have a question about my Server Fault post: RDP Client showing different screen (related to SConfig) on VM Startup I have given all the information such as: Inputs Outputs Error details Valid ...
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Is there any way to allow a low-reputation user to chat?

I think that Ping device connected to host having LAN access is probably a very simple problem, but the OP is new to SF and isn't always providing the right information in a useful fashion. I think ...
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How to handle unanswered questions that have the answer in a comment or edited into the question?

This is about those two questions: httpd.conf match absolute file PHP 5.3 Not Logging Both had no answer (neither accepted nor unaccepted). Both askers answered it without actually writing an answer,...
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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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Why a "Wow! That solved the problem!" answer gets down voted

This is not a complaint, and I don't care about the points. I just find ironic amusement in the response to my answer to Execute root commands through ssh user. A user asked about an error message he ...
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Answer to 11 year old question

Is there any sense of answer (like I did :D ) to 11 year old question? (the OP and another answer user are no longer part of SE) And is it make any sense bot to show it in the front page of ...
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where to ask questions for discussion

one of the main guidelines is to ask questions that can be answered, and not questions open for discussion. where do I ask questions that are borderline? (meaning I am not sure it has a definitive ...
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Is TOR a Business related Environment?

as I sometimes see here For my understanding, TOR could never be, and will be never a serious instrument for a Business Relationship. Sofar in my understanding, of the TOUR and Whats on Topic page, ...
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Should we encourage edit suggestions to be re-submitted until they are approved?

If an edit suggestion is rejected, is it acceptable for the user to re-submit an identical edit suggestion? I feel like this encourages a "mommy said no, so I'll get permission from daddy" ...
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AWS will be sponsoring Server Fault

We're thrilled to announce that AWS will be sponsoring Server Fault starting on July 18 through December 31. We wanted to give you a heads-up and walk you through what that means. How and where will ...

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