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Secure alternative to ssh gets closed as too localised?

https://serverfault.com/questions/345962/alternative-for-ssh This is an interesting question from several angles: someone in Iran is asking a question on ServerFault it asks about alternatives to ...
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Would a “Vote these questions up” chat room make sense?

Since we don't have a lot of active voters, I was wondering if a chat room that's the opposite of "Vote to close" would make sense. Just as people post links in Vote to Close to what they consider to ...
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The use of the [dos] tag vs [denial-of-service]

I've started to go through and retag questions using dos and look at the question, and if it's genuinely about DOS, leave it. If it's a denial of service, I've been retagging it as denial-of-service ...
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Silly Season should not mean crazy voting

This question was closed as "too localized". Could those who voted that way please explain just what it is about the question that they think is localized? To me this is just plain crazy voting and ...
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Should I bring old questions / answers up to par or let them lie?

I do a lot of thread excavating and often find myself examining questions and answers from years ago (okay, just two years ago, but rapidly coming up on three!). I'm frequently appalled at the grammar,...
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Making edits and approving edits on a question

I've just rolled back part of an edit to this question that got approved while I was writing a edit rejection. The edit was approved even though the edit made changes to the original question's code (...
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Does this belong?

Does This Question belong here? Looks more like a Super User question to me... (I'm still hesitant to "flag" stuff on the fly, until I know, fur sure that I know my way around these parts and that ...
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Change description for database-related tags [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where do SQL questions belong? What kind of database/DBA questions does the SF community want to keep? Now that http://dba.stackexchange.com is there, shouldn't we divert ...
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What kind of database/DBA questions does the SF community want to keep?

It is likely that dba.stackexchange.com will be leaving beta in the near future. While the site has been in beta, questions have been migrated "only for exceptional circumstances", but that will ...
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Argh @ my current Extended Discussion in 'Comments'

Seems like this "comment" discussion under one of my Answers is becoming pointless. The guys keeps asking questions. What would YOU do? Walk off and ignore him? Tell him in a new comment to go find ...
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Chat - a plea for moderation

I’ve been a member of the SF chat room for quite some time. Whilst it was never the most learned place to be, at one time it was at least safe for work. Right now it’s an open to google sewer where ...
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How far do we go with software questions

The FAQ makes it clear that SF is for professional desktop support as well as sysadmin stuff. Seeing this question (just an example, not singling it out) makes me wonder where the line on software ...
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What goes into the decision of posting something on SF or on another more specific stackexchange?

When I need to ask a Linux related question, I normally look at the activity on the related unix.se and sf tags to decide where to post it. I read in a previous question that cross-posting might be ...
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How many rep for protect rights

A few days ago I noticed another password resetting question and had an immediate urge to protect it to try and stem the almost inevitable spam answers these things attract. The FAQ says I need 15K, ...
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Links to config files/log files externally

I've noticed a number of questions like this which link to config files or log files hosted elsewhere (PasteBin, GitHub Gist, Dropbox etc.). I've always been of the opinion external links should ...
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Can I Appeal “Not A Real Question”

I received a "Not A Real Question" closure on my post here: What Are the Underlying Protocols/Standards a "Windows File Path" as Opposed to a NFS-Like Linux File Path? I understand why it ...
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Deleting closed questions with no answers

I don't think there any reason why we shouldn't delete questions like these. They are closed, have no answers and are very unlikely to get reopened - they (largely*) have no value. The It takes 3 ...
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Should we edit posts with foul language?

I came across a question today that included some mild profanity. I'm not sure if I've come across swearing in questions before, but this is the first time it has bothered me. Should we edit posts to ...
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Synonym IIS version with Windows version?

IIS is unique in the sense that the version that ships with an operating system is the only version available for that operating system. Windows 2000 Server got IIS 5, 2003 got IIS 6, 2008 got IIS 7 ...
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Is there recourse to a user making persistent trivial edits?

This user is repeatedly spamming the front page making trivial edits like this. I'm assuming he's just "farming" the Copy Editor badge, but it's unnecessary and annoying. Can a mod slap him on the ...
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Should [leopard] be [os-x-leopard]?

We don't have 7, but rather we have windows-7. By the same token, there seem to be a lot of "cat name only" tags out there that, I believe, should be prefixed with os-x, making it os-x-leopard instead ...
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Is my question best suited to serverfault, if so, what's it missing?

I've asked the question Getting custom web.config sections and their contents in Powershell which seems on the face of it to be best suited to serverfault on the basis that: It's regarding Powershell ...
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Why was a flag for migration to U&L declined when the question isn't SA related?

Bear with me, I'm fuming about getting a decline flag at 665 fw, which will take about 20ish successful flags to make up. I flagged this question for migration to U&L. It has absolutely nothing ...
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What's the difference between “balancing” and “load-balancing” tags?

What's the difference between balancing and load-balancing tags? Should they be merged and made synonyms?
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What about a questionnaire that is perfectly valid contentwise? [closed]

as an electrical engineering & computing science project we are intending to create a cheap iKVM (KVM over IP) box. Every admin benefits from iKVM, so we would ask them to fill this questionnaire:...
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What do we do about company name tags? Specifically McAfee?

There is a mcafee tag with three questions in it. Should this be destroyed and retagged with the relevant product name or are brand-name tags a kind of meta tag that we keep around? It just seems ...
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How snarky is too snarky?

As someone who utilizes search engines a lot to find answers, I sometimes get irritated with people who ask questions without having done any research themselves. Even people in my own office. I ...
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Can we black hole the “errors” tag?

It's worthless, IMO. Can we get it black holed, or at least discuss the possibility?
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How is Server Fault doing as of late 2011?

I'm not a heavy Server Fault user, but it seems to me that it's growing a lot slower than other sites. The front page is often full of questions with hardly any upvotes, and I often find old questions ...
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What is our policy on “legacy” off-topic questions?

ServerFault contains numerous questions, some dating back 2+ years, that were on-topic when posted but have become off-topic due to changes in our standards for acceptable questions. This is ...
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Where should I raise a question about network cable testers?

Here is the question: https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/21273/network-cable-tester Question was closed as off-topic.
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Canonical: “What should I do about this user?”

What should I do about a "misbehaving" user? This type of question really is one that crops up every once in a while - any sysadmin will eventually come across user behaviour that is ...
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Powershell tags

I reccomed a synonyms for the Tags Powershell and Powershell-v2.0. Formerly people speak about the first version of Powershell like Porwershell and about the second version like Powershell v2. But ...
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Bad rejection: Moderators should probably err on the side of inclusion, not on the side of rejection

A few days ago, I came across a question on serverfault with an answer I thought good, but could be improved. And indeed, the software asked me to improve the question. So I did. I clarified and gave ...
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Possible migration from Programmers

Do you guys want this question on testing a cluster of CPUs. It's already got one plain close vote and a flag for migration here.
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The case of the vanishing question

This morning there was this question on the front page of meta. Now, just a couple of hours later, it's not there. Why did it disappear from the front page? Is it because of the number of downvotes? I ...
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Are certain blacklisted words in question titles not just a bit scorched earth and unhelpful?

Recently an operating system's error message included the word "help" in it. I added the error message to the title (always helpful for those perusing questions and most certainly for SERP placement) ...
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tired of having questions closed — please refine your FAQ

Is it not reasonable to assume that if there's a TAG here, a question relating to the subject of that TAG is "on topic"?
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Apache tags - a bit of a mess?

So, we've got apache, which is the second most popular tag on the site. It's a superset of the versions of it - apache2, apache2.2, apache1.3; and apache2 is essentially a superset of 2.0, 2.2, and ...
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who manufactures HPs desktop SATA SSD drives? [closed]

HP 160GB SATA Solid State Drive LZ704AA http://h30094.www3.hp.com/searchresults.asp?store_id=3&search_id=16&dept_id=113&price_min=-1&price_max=2147483647&rank_on=sasssearch&...
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Tag: Career-development and Career

What should be done with the Career-Development and Career tags? I believe The Community's position on questions that relate to the non-technical aspects of system administration and support jobs are ...
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Question closed because I am not an administrator on the server?

I posted this question earlier and was surprised that it was closed with the explanation: "Not A Real Question: It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, ...
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Would like to understand why was my question closed

The question is about a hosted GIT on a Windows Server 2003. It's a centralized server that holds our CVS for 14 developers. I think it answers and follows the FAQ guidelines, and I would like to know ...
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Revenge downvoting?

I don't have a link to the question as it was deleted by its owner but I believer the asker did not like my answer and downvoted some of my other questions and answers. At least it seems mighty ...
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Strange behaviour when using Camino on SF

Just lately I'm getting same strange and quite inconsistent behaviour on SF with Camino browser, version 2.0.9 on OS X 10.7. I suspect the problem is with Camino but as it works fine on every other ...
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Why do I have to award a bounty?

For reference: How to Monitor an Adaptec/Intel ICH10R RAID Controller (any SNMP notification options?) I understand that the bounty system does not guarantee an answer, it guarantees that your ...
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Tag Removal Request: “School”

There are 8 questions tagged with "school". Is this really needed or can it be burnificated?
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Server Fault Moderator Cards

We recently printed some business cards for our Stack Exchange employees and they turned out great. It got us thinking: our sites' moderators have been working hard to keep our sites high quality for ...
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Fun and Humor Tag

What should be done with the fun and humor tags? I'm not sure if What should we do with "coolest server names" is the exeption, but should we try to clean up questions that aren't directly ...
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Is it taboo to answer my own questions to promote nice features of <xyz> app?

[EDIT]: Okay, I clearly miscommunicated on my first attempt, so I'm clarifying my whole post. I am not interested in promoting zsh through Q&A regarding arbitrary features. I am interesting in ...

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