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How can low-rep user request migration?

I asked a question 6 weeks ago that has remained unanswered here on Server Fault. A commenter suggested that it would have been better asked on unix.stackexchange.com, but I cannot migrate the ...
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Migration statistics for February

Using mod tools make this kind of list easier to make. Anyway, for February, here is the break-down of where questions were migrated away from ServerFault. I didn't go into any additional stats (mod-...
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What is a system?

Given that we are System Administrators that manage ...systems, what is your definition of one? I am happy with the definitions provided in "What is a Systems Approach?" but I'm wondering what other ...
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How to get StackOverflow moderators to put hosting questions on Webmasters instead

StackOverflow moderators keep migrating "which hosting company should I use" type questions here, and they usually get voted down. Pro Webmasters seems like a more suitable place for them to get ...
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how to subscribe to questions on server fault which I did not asked [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Follow thread of conversation in which you are not participating There are some good discussions many a times I come across on serverfault and like on other forums I can ...
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Where is an appropriate place to ask for server-oriented product recommendations?

I'd like to ask for specific product recommendations for server-related services (such as registrars, virtual root hosts, etc). It's a jungle out there for many of these things, and specific ...
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These tags should probably be blacklisted.

I just removed all the few questions tagged it, and I was thinking about removing system-administration for the ~27 questions, but I didn't really want to bump all those questions. I think both of ...
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On migrating to unix-SE

Unix & Linux has recently been launched, so I'm wondering if there are questions in here that need migrating. The FAQ states that this site is not for General personal computer troubleshooting. ...
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Proxy server question, Is Serverfault the correct place to ask?

Would it be acceptable to ask about Squid Proxy configuration? specifically related to Delay buckets and bandwidth caps.
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What is the etiquette on using comments to say “thank you”?

On the one hand, I'd like to thank people who provide useful answers, but on the other, I can see how those comments really just become clutter for everyone else.
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User seems to ask only homework questions. Is this a problem, or should I just ignore him?

User donok has been a member for two days and has asked three questions, each of which involves a chain of routers (which by his own admission is entirely virtualised), one of which has a simple error ...
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Community Moderator vs 10k User

Is there any difference between a 10K user with access to the mod tools and a Community Moderator besides the title and that diamond next to the username?
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Is there an age cut off on the questions you want migrated from SO?

I'm a moderator on SO and have been coming across a fair amount of questions that really belong on Server Fault. Some of them are circa 2008. A lot of these are surfacing after being identified ...
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Why can't people upvote their own questions?

I'll let it be known that I spend a lot of time on Reddit so I find it odd that people can't upvote their own questions. On Reddit, each link or discussion starts out with 1 point (that given to it ...
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a moderator closed my question is any one watching.

I do not have requisite previlieges to post many links to my questions my genuine question was blocked be this sites moderator is any one watching. The internal IPs of apache vhost configuration file ...
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“Closed as off topic” Question Criteria

Occasionally I'm confused why a question gets closed. I was just browsing around and came across this one. Xenserver Setup & Purchase I'm just curios what qualified this one as "Off Topic" ?
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An ethical obligation to not answer questions seeking to circumvent IT policies?

I've come across a few questions where the user asks something like, "How do I set up a server when the IT department won't let me?" Usually the questions are asked by a relatively inexperienced ...
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Old questions rising from the dead?

It seems that recently I am seeing a lot of questions "rise" up from seemingly out of nowhere? I have gone in on several occasions and have found myself commenting on questions that were asked in 2009....
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Users trading accepts for up votes?

What's the rule on this? A user asked an ambiguous question, a different user posted an ambiguous answer but one that was as complete as possible given the scant amount of detail in the question. The ...
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Can we come up with a consensus opinion on Purchasing Suggestions?

In reference to 2U rack hardware, budget but stable, what to buy? Plus many other similar questions, it has been noted that there's actually nothing in the SF FAQ about asking really localized ...
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Reviewing deleted posts (10K users) [closed]

I've been hitting Data Explorer pretty hard lately attempting to purge not-an-answer answers from questions. You all have seen the type. I'm having the exact same problem. Has anyone fixed this? ...
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Updated: Does the new-user URL filtering need a better error message on server fault?

There is a filter in place to prevent new users from posting more then one link on the body of a question. I believe the intent of this is to prevent spammers from using the system, but does it ...
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Should my question or the proposal be reopened?

This question was closed as off topic. Also, this proposal was closed as duplicated of ServerFault. Shouldn't one of them be reopened?
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Chat activity for election nominees

Zoredache mentioned in their answer here (emphasis mine): If anyone happens to be reading this, and doesn't regularly go into the chat please understand that most of the current candidates ...
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I have questions which no one could solve at the time but I later solved, what should I do with the questions?

I have questions on SF which I asked some time ago and never chose an answer for. This happened because eventually someone else outside of SF worked it out or I worked it out at a later date / ...
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Is it enough to just vote an answer up?

I just found a really useful answer to a question (that wasn't mine), and have voted it up. Is it ok to add a comment thanking the person that wrote the answer? Or is the fact I voted it up enough?
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Can you submit the blog post here first before posting?

I say this only because the otherwise excellent Know Your RAM post has a few grammar errors. By posting here first, you can get these corrected first, via comments, (or by making the post CW). [note] ...
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why was my question about mac mini servers closed?

I asked a question about using Mac Minis as servers. It was upvoted and then closed without comment and moved to SuperUser. Why? I am using these Mac Minis as servers and in a professional capacity....
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What's the difference between 'vm' and 'virtual-machine' tags?

I see there's separate vm and virtual-machines tags. What's the difference? Should they be made synonyms?
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Why is there a separate forum for IT security questions?

It seems to me that the new IT Security site and Serverfault are very thinly sliced and might create confusion in its shared users about what kind of questions go where. For example, the question "...
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Systematic downvoting?

While looking to see why I received a downvote (don't care, just curious) I noticed a rather unusual voting pattern to answers to this question, where all but one answer have been downvoted. None of ...
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Why does it take so many steps to add a tag to my favorites?

I'm reading some stuff here. Oooh, a tag on an interesting subject. I'll add it to my favorites ... Click on the tag ... It directs me to the page where all the questions related to the tag appears....
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Changing the FAQ: Home networks

One thing I've noticed in close-voting is that if the questioner mentions that what they're doing is in their home in any way, it gets voted off-topic. If it's about the network itself, it gets ...
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RSS Feed for bounties?

Is there a feed available somewhere that tracks bounties offered? Apologies if this has been discussed and rejected elsewhere.
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Bad Synonym for APT

I think that the apt tag shouldn't have been set to a synonym of apt-get but it should have been the other way around. apt is the technology, apt-get is one of many ways to use apt. Probably we ...
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Avoid Tumbleweed badge

Is it ok to delete a question with low views and no answers and also no comments for some time and re-post it in order to get more visibility and maybe an answer?
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I've had a fault on my broadband connection (now resolved) and my ISP has posted a diagnostic. Would it be OK to ask what it all means?

I'm not sure whether this would be a suitable question for SF or not. My broadband failed a few days ago and has just been restored. My ISP posted the output from a diagnostic test as a response to ...
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Why was my server 2003 question moved to superuser.com?

This question https://serverfault.com/questions/213602/why-would-a-2tb-drive-say-half-its-space-is-used-when-it-isnt-closed was moved to superuser.com, and I don't know why. It's an O/S question ...
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Why limit site to “many desktop PCs” and no mention of laptops? [closed]

FAQ says I can ask questions here when I manage many desktop PCs. What if I manage 100's of laptops?
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What's the worst question you've ever seen on SF.com?

I thought it might be neat/funny to link to the worst questions you've ever seen on serverfault. I'll start us off with https://serverfault.com/questions/209537/hi-can-any-ony-explain-elaborately-...
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mod_rewrite/htaccess/etc. questions - migrate?

As was noted by sysadmin1138 in the Unprofessional Questions thread, we've been getting a lot of mod_rewrite questions as of late. Add to those all of the questions we get asked regularly about ...
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What is the meaning of the square box around question answer?

I read the whole FAQ and I did not find that answer.
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Server Fault FAQ Update

Based on the responses to this question here, and after reviewing the FAQ again, I would like to suggest a section be added similar to Super User which explicitly states what questions are not allowed ...
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Do questions about managing and troubleshooting gaming server software belong here?

I've proposed to have a migration path from Gaming to Server Fault not just to give questions on this topic (example questions: 1, 2, 3) a place where they'd fit better, but rather to give them better ...
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What Should I do About An Answer I Can't Verify

Several months ago I asked a question on server fault. Someone just answered it but we replaced our 10.4 deployment with a 10.5 deployment earlier this year and I now have no way to verify the ...
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Should we try to eliminate password reset questions?

I realise this was somewhat covered previously in this question but this question, which is merely another in a long line of similar ones, prompted me to think that perhaps such questions should be ...
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What's the best way to understand the knowledge that exists in the ServerFault-SE community?

I've looked at the tags, but it's still hard to tell what questions will get the most value.
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What to do with questions tagged “community-wiki”?

https://serverfault.com/questions/tagged/community-wiki Given the recent change to abolish CW questions, what do we do with these? Remove the tag. Get a diamond mod to convert the question Close the ...
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Add writing in coherant english to FAQ

Following this question could it be added to the FAQ about writing in coherant english? I'm not trying to be a grammer/spelling nazi, and I realise that it does depend on location (i.e. colour/color) ...