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Eliminate the Career tag

Can we please eliminate the career tag? I just can't imagine a question where that tag is appropriate and still be on topic but not totally subjective (although the subjective vote has now been ...
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Is there a bug with the acceptance rate calculation?

Just spotted this question, where the user currently has a displayed 57% acceptance rate. I had a look at profile for the user, and found that he'd asked 10 questions, and accepted 4 answers, which by ...
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Modifying the faq, shopping edition

The 'product recommendation' question occurs here a lot. I propose we modify the existing FAQ language: and it is not about … Networking outside the professional workplace Running servers ...
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Congrats to the newly-elected mods!

voretaq7, Chris S, and Iain - Congratulations, gentlemen. All of you are model SE citizens, and I couldn't think of a better bunch to get diamonds this year. I think I speak for all SF users when I ...
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How to get rid of a synomym

Having just gone past the 2500 mark I took a look at the existing tags. To my astonishment suse is mapped to sles. This is not correct (SuSE has two branches - OpenSuSE and SLES). So General ...
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Kill it with blessed halberd: [easter-egg]

easter-egg Really? I think not. ಠ_ಠ
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Kill it with enchanted lava: [offtopic]

Only three posts with offtopic and all are closed. Can we bannish the tag for good never to be used again? How about its hyphenated Siamese off-topic that doesn't yet exist, but could?
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Userbase has gone up, but participation in the election has gone down?

From https://serverfault.com/election: 2011: 3,834 voters were eligible, 566 visited the election, and 310 voted (8% of eligible users voted) 2012: 6,350 voters were eligible, 1,361 visited the site ...
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What times do current moderators, and moderator candidates, generally feel are their most productive on SF?

I'd really, really like to know what times each moderator and candidate feels are their most SF-productive expressed in UTC. The reason for the question is that SF seems to have users - and ...
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What do we do about “Specifications” questions?

I've noticed an uptick in questions that are literally asking us to read the vendor's spec sheets to someone (There's PowerEdge 2950 hard disk , this weekend we had one asking what the address space ...
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Vote-to-close vs. flagging

Are there specific guidelines for when it is appropriate to flag a question vs. voting to close? Increasingly, voting to close a clearly off-topic or otherwise unworthy question and posting it in the ...
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Homewreckers wanted! Please handle these home-use questions

Summary ServerFault has numerous home-use questions extending far back into its history. It would be great if we could handle them all and either explicitly close them as off-topic or edit out all ...
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What's wrong with ServerFault community?

I'm a decentely active stackexchange contributor. I do not have massive reputation, but I consistently try to ask good questions, provide good answers, and moderate to provide my modest contibution ...
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Can we weed out the benchmarking questions?

I propose a change to the FAQ and closing policy: I'd like to see all of the benchmarking questions closed with prejudice; I'm tired of seeing them. In my mind, the answer is almost always the same: ...
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The [windows-server-2008] tag is a mess. Let the manual retagging begin!

[windows-server-2008] body:r2 yields a large number of results for questions about 2008 R2 that are tagged 2008. They're, obviously, very different operating systems. I don't see a way to fix this ...
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What's off-topic; anything in a home setting, or anything that was designed for home use?

For our FAQ reshaping, I think we need to decide something: Do we hurl questions over to Super User based solely on using a consumer-oriented product, even when it's clear that that product is being ...
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Virtualbox is losing the benefit of the doubt

We have one user who has started flagging anything with virtualbox and isn't clearly about server-stuff. To them, VirtualBox has lost the benefit of the doubt in the same way that anything with the ...
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Flagging a duplicate question on serverfault that was found in another SE site is NOT valid?

Recently I flagged a post as possibly being a duplicate of another on stackoverflow. However, this request was rejected as the flagged duplicate was not within the serverfault site. I found a ...
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Suggestion for Unanswered Questions: Tab for listing oldest

This should be very easy to implement... I think there should be an option for listing questions by oldest. There is, of course, the 'newest' listing option. Why not just make an 'oldest' beside it? ...
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Clarification needed on 2012 Election Page

From the election page: There will be a town hall chat with the candidates on Monday at 21:00 UTC / 4pm EST. Since the town hall chat already happened, this should either just be deleted or ...
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The [cent] tag needs to go

I'm not fly like @WesleyDavid, so no fancy WoW references. The [cent] tag looks like it's a typo and the only question under it got migrated to Unix & Linux already. I'm thinking it needs to get ...
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Kill them with Darkwood Scythe: [dyndns], [dynamic-ip], and [dynamic-dns]

Before I go flag mad, let's discuss the topic of dynamic IP addresses. There are a lot of questions that deal with dynamic IP addresses. Most of them are in the context of home networks. Some appear ...
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Kill it with meteor strike: [home-network]

A Senryu There is little to dispute. home-network must burninate. BURN! BURN! BURN! BURN! BURN!
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SPARTA-kick it off a cliff: [SOFTWARE-REC]

Currently we have eight questions tagged with [software-rec]. Three are closed and the majority have been migrated from SuperUser so can it, y'know, burn?
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Kill it with light mace: [windows-home-server] - or not?

Before I blow through a day's worth of flags on this, perhaps there's a better way. I believe that virtually no question with the windows-home-server tag belongs here. Here's a discussion on the topic ...
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Update your Gravatars in repsonse to SOPA/PIPA?

Since we had a community effort to wear Santa Hats, I don't feel too bad about posting this. I think several (most? almost all?) of us agree on the pending SOPA / PIPA legislation. Today is SOPA ...
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Feedback on the shopping edge-case

There is a database query I worked up: http://data.stackexchange.com/serverfault/query/59563/finding-shoppers In it, you will find a large selection of items that may or may not be subject to the '...
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Moderators, please educate us

After last night's town hall meeting this was said in chat But there were some opinions from candidates that go against the grain of what the current mods enforce which is kind of expected as we ...
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What kind of routers does stackexchange have?

I'm reading this post: http://blog.serverfault.com/2011/09/30/the-stack-exchange-architecture-2011-edition-episode-1/ It seems you have 2 routers sitting in front of haproxy. Are these 2 routers ...
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Why does laser printer maintainance not fall under the scope of SF?

I recently posted this question, and it got closed rather quickly. Some comments suggested that it might be better suited for SU, but laser printers are almost exclusively used in a professional ...
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Should SharePoint specific questions be flagged for migration?

The review system has been showing me many SharePoint specific questions today (example 1, example 2). Most of these questions look like they'd be more appropriate for https://sharepoint.stackexchange....
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When to post on Serverfault vs Stackoverflow?

I've just started using Stackoverflow, and it's been very useful. I asked a question once on here that was much more technical (decoding a wordpress hack), but I'm confused in general about why to use ...
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2012 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat: Monday 21:00 / 4pm EST [closed]

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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“Serverfault Apprenticeships”

I don't believe the Q&A format can address every need so I've been thinking... You know how we always blow any 'I'm a student etc.' questions out of the water? What if we could have some form of '...
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List of questions for candidates in 2012 moderator election

This thread is opened for questions addressed to (all) the candidates in the January 2012 moderator election. If questions are kept simple enough they can be answered fully in the comments, and doing ...
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2012 Community Moderator Election

The 2012 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Unqualified “professionals”

We see a fairly steady stream of questions by people who for one reason or another find themselves having to do a sysadmin's work but have no experience or qualifications whatsoever. Very often they ...
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List of questions for candidates in 2011 moderator election [closed]

Blatantly stolen from the meta.maths elections This thread is opened for questions addressed to (all) the candidates in the January 2011 moderator election. If questions are kept simple enough they ...
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2011 Community Moderator Election

The 2011 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Should I flag answers that have been accepted even when they don't answer the question?

I just got a flag declined for flagging this answer as "not an answer". The flagging comment stated "declined - Almost by definition, an accepted answer is an answer. Pointless or bad answer should be ...
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The state of the #4 migration target

Over the last several months I've seen a trend in flag-reasons. Several of you are of the opinion that our #4 migration target should not be Webmasters, but either Unix & Linux or DBA. This is ...
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Flag questions with accepted answers for migration?

Suppose a "Linux" question gets moved here from Stack Overflow. The question is simple, quickly answered, and accepted; but the question really doesn't fit ServerFault, it just doesn't fit Stack ...
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Is there an 'upload a file' option?

I've posted a question regarding Windows NTLM authentication. One of the serverfault members asked me if I can upload a *.pcap file with the NTLM authentication process. So the question is can I ...
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Tag synonym suggestion: [windows-domain] -> [active-directory]

I noticed a question that was heavily concerned with Active Directory that did not have the active-directory tag but rather used the windows-domain tag. As of this moment there are 382 questions ...
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Answering - a race [closed]

Question: Answerers may be under time pressure to answer first, reducing the quality of initial answers. How can this be mitigated? While the primary objective of this site may be to provide a ...
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Kill it with Mundane Crystal Dagger: [fail]

The fail tag is fail - how meta is that? And I'm posting this on a meta site. It's meta meta meta. fail offers no benefit. It's not likely to be searched, it does not distinguish a question's content ...
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Kill it with adamantine gauntlet: [fun]

As Splattne mentioned in this answer, there is a tag called fun. Who are we kidding? This is IT. fun has 18 questions, 17 of which are closed and one of which is locked. Many of the closures may or ...
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Kill it with heavy crossbow: [humor]

Five questions, all closed. This tag is not now nor has it ever been on topic: humor May we cast it into eternity never to be revived? Possible duplicate: Fun and Humor Tag And yet, apparently it ...
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Was migrate correct for this question?

I was recently involved in a question on stack overflow How do I install Apache/PHP/MySQL onto Mac OS X Lion? and it was just migrated to Server Fault. Is Server Fault really the right place for this ...
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Should we modify the FAQ to include policy subversion as explicitly Off Topic?

Based on some of the comments here I went and looked at the FAQ again. We've always, as far as I can remember, closed policy subversion questions as Off Topic. The question that brought this up is ...

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