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Server sizing question: How to ask?

On Server Fault, I asked this question, trying to get some ideas about how to figure out what size of a server I need. Clearly the question wasn't the right one. However, I'm pretty sure people on ...
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Help Us Put On Stack Overflow DevDays 2011

Hey ServerFault Community - As you guys probably know, we're bringing back Stack Overflow DevDays (along with a special 1 day ServerFault conference in SF on October 14th) and we need your help to ...
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Request for new tag for Apache MQ

Can someone please create a tag for Apache MQ - the closest I can find at present is apache.
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Equivalent tag to 'homework': 'do-my-job-for-me'?

In the same way that questions which are obviously homework get tagged homework, should questions which are obviously attempts to get someone else to do the questioner's job for them be tagged do-my-...
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“Not an answer” — really?

I've flagged a couple of answers lately that got marked as invalid -- one for an answer that wasn't, and the other for one that was. I'd like to get some feedback on these flags, so as not to waste ...
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Using version numbers rather than friendly names

I really hate that Microsoft pushed giving products "pretty" names rather than functional names (damn those marketing departments). Windows ME, Windows XP and Windows Vista have become household ...
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Merging a closed question with an open question…Some problems here

A moderator merged one question with another, moving the comments to the deleted question to the merged one. However, I found that my post no longer really applied and I deleted it. I really ...
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Border Line Question for Server Fault?

I feel like this question is border line out-of-bounds for Server Fault, but before I become a jerk and flag the first question I've ever "flagged", I thought I'd get other people's opinion. The ...
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Who would you like to hear at our Scalability Conference?

We are currently working on getting speakers for our Scalability Conference that will be in San Francisco on October 14th. The theme for the conference is talks on scalable operations and system ...
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Retagging for new products: terminal-services vs. remote-desktop-services

As I recently had experience with, Microsoft changed the name of terminal-services (Windows Server 2003) to remote-desktop-services (Windows Server 2008). At time of writing, these tags have 111 and ...
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Flagging Question

I'm still relatively new here, and am enjoying calling this my home. I want to make sure I'm understanding some of the features I'm using so I don't unnecessarily causing the mods work when there ...
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Why was my question migrated to Super User?

I'm not complaining or mad - just confused. The reason for Server Fault is "For System Administrators and Desktop Professionals - which I am." My question seemed to me to be related to a "desktop ...
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Can the Vmware tag be deleted ?

The plain vmware tag adds no value as we never get any questions about the company. When it is used it is usually used in error and in place of a product specific tag which would be more useful. This ...
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Linked questions security vs. transparency.

So sometimes I ask security questions, e.g. questions about sql-injection. And sometimes I ask questions about security configuration that are made easier to solve by linking to the site that I'm ...
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How come I just earned the Autobiographer badge to go with my Yearling badge?

I just earned the Autobiographer badge to go with my Yearling badge. It was my own fault really: I filled in my profile. It bothers me a little because I thought that having no other badge than ...
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What should be done about the amazon tag?

Is the amazon tag really blacklisted? Can I ask a question with amazon as a tag?
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Is this query really “crap”?

I asked what the community thought was too simple. Here is the link. And yes it has been voted down and closed. I am happy with that. I am just surprised at the tone of some comments. Does it help ...
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What is it called when you queue my bits?

So over on Unix and Linux we were chatting about how to tag questions related to traffic shaping. We thought we would check ServerFault for reference, but that led me to wonder just what exactly is ...
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Handling illegal/immoral questions and answers

SF is for professionals and I think we'd all agree that part of being professional is to act within our various laws and also within a general moral code when doing our jobs. Every now and then I see ...
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[ios] matches Cisco's IOS and Apple's iOS

Apple had the wonderful idea to name its mobile operating system iOS, which was already used by Cisco Internet Operating System. There are hence 94 questions tagged ios, but only 82 of them contain ...
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Retag request: APC (Alternate PHP Cache) and APC (American Power Conversion) the power supplies.

There are lots of questions about uninterruptible power supplies that are improperly tagged as apc There also questions about web application performance and the Pecl PHP opcode caching package, APC, ...
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Prevent editing a closed question from it being bumped to front page.

Visting ServerFault this morning there were a large number of old questions (posted 2009) that have been edited and therefore bumped to the front page. While I find this highly irritaing as it is, two ...
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Is Serverfault as useful as Stackoverflow, in principle?

In my experience programming problems come with time to resolve them. Asking a programming question and getting an answer the next day (Thanks guys!) is very useful indeed as the millions of ...
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Server-2008 tag synonym

I hope I'm not bypassing the synonym process - IMO the tag server-2008 should be added as a synonym of windows-server-2008, and/or the existing 4 questions should be retagged. Thoughts, or will ...
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Do we really need a backup-exec-2010 tag when there's a perfectly good backupexec tag?

Is the rather recent spate of retagging of questions around Backup Exec with backup-exec-2010 by user KCotreau strictly necessary? We've already got a perfectly servicable backupexec tag, and my ...
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Retag or Synonym pxe & pxeboot

The tags pxe (89) and pxeboot (15) are the same thing. Could we create a synonym for these?
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Inappropriate advertisement

I don't normally even look at the right hand column on SF so never really notice the ads but due to its garish colours (relative to the rest of the page) this one was really hard not to notice. I ...
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What should be done with questions that are duplicates if they get migrated?

I'm thinking of this question: https://serverfault.com/questions/275767/how-can-i-download-the-correct-sound-driver-for-my-window-xp It's a textbook "Belongs on Superuser" question, but if it were ...
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Free LOPSA Memberships

Opt-In is now closed. Thanks everyone, We will let the lucky 40 sysadmins know shortly I'm very happy this has gone over so well, with 50 people opting in. If you didn't get a membership this time ...
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What should be done with “Help me do (whatever), I'm a beginner with no idea what to do” questions?

This is an exact dup of a question I asked on meta.SO a year and a half ago, but it didn't get any useful answers back then, and I've noticed a lot of this sort of question lately, so I think it's ...
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What does “First rollback” mean for the cleanup badge?

I could not find a help file on this: What does "First rollback" mean for the cleanup badge?
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Class-based IP routing and other obsolete questions

Question related to Classful IP Addressing I cannot believe that I'm still seeing questions about how to manage class-based routing coming in to ServerFault: Changing subnet-mask of class-c network ...
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Show questions (with answers) that a user has answered

Is there any way to display questions (and all the answers) that a particular user has answered. That is, select all the questions that a particular person has answered and display 10 (or whatever ...
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Retag or synonym Corruption tag

Right now, there are a lot of unnecessary corruption tags. We have corruption, corrupt, file-corruption and data-corruption. Frankly way too many. Corruption is the most commonly used one, and ...
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Server Fault Conference

I’m excited to announce that Server Fault will be hosting a one day educational conference for system administrators and other network operations professionals. This conference will be supported by ...
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Removing popular answer if potentially a duplicate

Hi, I'm fairly new to SF and have used the site mostly to get answers for my questions and provide answers to questions I know (read: the basic point of the site). I recently posted an answer on ...
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Ubuntu and ubuntu-10.04 tag synonyms

Wanted to create a synonym there but being a version synonym it's not possible for mortals. How are the policies about versions and softwares btw?
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Ampersand is mangled beyond recognition

An ampersand & when displayed in a question title is, I believe, un-recognisable! Obviously they don't get used in question titles very often, or I'm sure I would have noticed this before. What ...
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Can we have a place for “definitive” questions

There are a number of questions and topics that are now regularly closed as dupes of some generally accepted definitive question. As an example, new licensing question get closed pretty quickly as ...
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Why was my question regarding premium domains closed?

My question regarding premium domain names was closed less than five minutes after I asked it for being "subjective and argumentative," with nothing but a single down vote to tell me why. I understand ...
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How to flag users for mod attention (for editing vandals)

Over the last days, I had a few attempts of vandalizing questions/answers in my "approve edit" queue. This morning, it was the user "gnu" for three times and I wonder what to do about this. Just ...
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Is there an appropriate place for System Administration career oriented questions?

As I understand it, ServerFault is reserved for technical questions that are specific to the professional support of systems, network and desktop infrastructure in a business environment. Where does ...
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Do mods now have to write nice emails to spammers?

I just noticed I can no longer quickly suspend spammers, I have to write an email to them (most have invalid emails anyway). I know this is to appease the few users per year who, when their first 5 ...
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http://stackoverflow.com/q/5843110/529215 [closed]

https://stackoverflow.com/q/5843110/529215 sorry guys i dont know how to migrated from the stack over flow site please refer the url thanks in advance
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How long does it take before a new question appears on my profile?

I asked a question Sharepoints use of the ads wwwhomepage attr about 3 hours ago. I came back to see if there was an answer. I mean come on, thats the point right? Impatience! Anyway, I did not ...
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When should Links be provided in Answers?

I tried looking around on the FAQs and in previous Meta questions but couldn't find something directly answering this question. I have seen some answers to questions which provide NO actual answer ...
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What is the scope of server-related software questions that are considered on-topic at ServerFault?

I am a mod on StackOverflow, and we get a lot of "Belongs on ServerFault" flags there. I would like some clarification on what kind of server software questions are considered on-topic here. ...
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How active is the serverfault community?

I recently began to use StackExchange sites and I'm really happy with them, both contributing and receiving help. But I have realized that ServerFault questions and answers receives much less ...
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Does the voters tab show everyone who's voted?

Or does it show only those who have cast, say, 5 votes? If it's everyone, it seems like 14 people voting so far this week is very very low.
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Why was this packet sniffing question closed?

How can I filter https when monitoring traffic with Wireshark? Why was this question closed? Seems perfectly valid to me...