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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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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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What are the canonical answers we've discovered over the years?

We've created, appointed, or otherwise identified certain question/answer pairs that are the canonical answer for certain problems. These are answers where the community has said all it is going to ...
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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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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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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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limit in question

I click in ask question and get the following error: How can I ask new question?
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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Can I Ask About Linux Server Security Vulnerabilities?

I am jumping into hosting a Linux server on AWS, and I need a place to ask my question that I could not find online about hidden vulnerabilities to Linux servers. Is it acceptable to post this ...
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Is server fault an ok place for questions about citrix management?

I am a systems engineer that is currently learning about citrix in an MSP live production environment. I want to know if Server Fault is the place to go to ask questions regarding troubleshooting ...
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What do you do when you see an outdated question or answer?

ServerFault and a lot of other SE sites have been around for a decade or more, but technologies advance very rapidly. I recently came across a ServerFault question with an answer which, although it ...
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Proposed edit makes no sense?

I've got an edit rejected, which is ok, but I'm a bit puzzled by the rejection comment. This edit was intended to address the author of the post and makes no sense as an edit. It should have been ...
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When are powershell related questions off-topic?

In this question I was asking something about Powershell syntax - I had a specific problem with the Powershell commands of Microsoft Exchange server, but wanted to know the answer for all kinds of ...
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Should the Tag #ansible-playbook be merged into the Tag #ansible?

It seems reasonable to have distinct tags for ansible, ansible-tower, and ansible-galaxy, as they are fundamentally different features/areas of the Ansible family. The Tag ansible-playbook by itself ...
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Reputation from sister sites should be considered

Sometimes I would like to edit the tags on a question, but I don't have the 'reputation' to do so. How about taking into account reputation on sister sites? I have over 100K total between ...
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Why is my question about subdomain usage with content delivery networks off-topic?

I wanted to know if there were any specific technical reasons why large enterprises do not use subdomains to identify their CDNs. I spent a fair amount of time carefully wording my question and ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Happy New year 2020

I drop in to wish a happy new year to the community ! :) A small image for it in the spirit of SF :) Edit, a good image that fit the spirit of MSE :P (j/k, but the message is nice anyhow :) ) Edit2;...
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What about adding DevOps SE to the migration menu?

Currently, it is not possible to move a question to the DevOps SE: If a question is about tools that are related to "how to improve the communication between Dev and Ops", like Jenkins, Cloud ...
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Does my tunneling question belong here or on SU?

I've just asked this: How do corkscrew, proxytunnel and httptunnel set tunnels up? but on second though, I'm not sure whether it belongs on SF or on SU. On one hand, it's about managing network ...
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I've found the answer to a question about 10 minutes after posting it. Do I just delete the question?

Specifically I asked this question: Looking for the Docker way to get just the 1st Repository Tag in "docker inspect" after looking for the solution for at least an hour. But after writing ...
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PART 1 What is all the drama on meta.SE about?

If you follow meta.stackexchange (meta.SE), you'll have seen the huge number of posts about the new Code of Conduct (CoC), about Monica Cellio being removed as a moderator from multiple sites, about ...
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Is serverfault the right forum for the below question

What is the performance impact of SSL with openJDK 8? I know there's no hard and fast answer to this, but I am looking for performance under the following scenario. Performance of network I/O for SSL ...
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Question modified into new question after being answered

Earlier I answered this (now deleted) question about SMTP configuration. After I answered it, the OP changed the question completely, including my suggested changes and posted the next problem that ...
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Question potentially off-topic, judment and possible migration needed

In regards to this question. I am an IT Professional and I am doing sysadmin work on a network appliance and server on what is my primary business network. However, I do not use it to provide services ...
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Why should questions about interactions between my server and bots off-topic?

I understand that this site has an established history of prejudice (🙃) towards questions about shared hostings or control panels. However, I still can't see how these questions (1, 2) not comply ...
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Are questions asking about reading metadata business questions?

I'm not sure if my question is applicable to business environment, as required in What topics can I ask about here?. Can you check and see if it's on-topic here? Below is my draft. What makes Open ...
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Legitimate question about server setup, detailed my attempts, but told not professional way to do things

I have a question about my Server Fault post: OpenVPN how to route Internet traffic through a client My post was initially put on hold for lack of clear problem statement. I edited it so that the ...
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How do I send a topic invitation to a contributor

I posted a question a month ago and from reading other questions and responses I can see two highly rated contributors that could probably answer my question in a heartbeat -- but there seems no ...
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Duplicate questions between the StackExchange sites?

I'm not sure how to "ask the same question" or even if this is allowed on different affiliate sites from StackExchange. For example, my question on Ask Ubuntu, which is an affiliate site: https://...
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Restructuring Atlassian tags

I just noticed that there is a tag atlassian which doesn't really servera purpose, since Atlassian isn't a single product, they produce a lot of products. There are tags for some products: fisheye: ...
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Are questions about configuration files on-topic?

The question I'd like to ask is about a Nginx configuration file. If the question is not on-topic here where do those kind of questions belong to? Update: The question was moved here
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Marking questions from new users as duplicate without enough knowledge

I am concerned about marking questions from new users as duplicate, without enough knowledge of a particular subject (or tag). New users may not even know how to ask. By marking a unique question from ...
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Where can I ask questions about web hosting control panels?

My question was closed as off-topic because it is "about a web hosting control panel". But I still need help. Where can I ask my question?
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Reminder that a bad answer is still an answer

We all know that answers should be posted in the section marked Answers. This is explained in the help section about our commenting privileges: When shouldn't I comment? Answering a ...
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How is my question unclear?

I asked a question yesterday about why the index.php is not being redirected to if you are inside a subdirectory. Which was marked as unclear what I was asking. I disagree with the flag and I'll ...
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burninate the [index] tag

The index tag has just 85 questions, no usage guidance. It doesn't tell much about the question. Does not add much meaningful information to the question What can we describe with that ...
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Hardware-Questions: Do they belong on Server Fault or on Super User?

I have a question about my Server Fault post: Same Interface routing with ICMP-Redirect disabled? How do you decide whether a post should be posted to Server Fault or Super User if it doesn't fit 100%...

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