Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
-3 votes
2 answers
255 views

Retaliation for my posts here on meta?

Out of the blue, one or more users downvotes a bunch of my old, dormant, threads. What is going on here? (note, the issue continues beyond the timeframe shown in the shot below)
user avatar
-11 votes
7 answers
401 views

Can anything be done about mods robo-rejecting edits that are objective improvements?

I donated about an hour or two of my time improving questions (and a few answers) here. I removed words from titles that aren't allowed. I fixed spelling problems in titles. I removed extraneous ...
user avatar
27 votes
2 answers
292 views

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 at home ...
user avatar
  • 131k
22 votes
2 answers
221 views

Formally changing the #4 migration target

Whereas, the migration statistics as discovered in this meta post show a demonstrated and ongoing trend of mod-only migrations to dba.stackexchange.com, and Whereas, Webmasters has not resided in the ...
user avatar
  • 131k
19 votes
4 answers
288 views

Proposed close reason: Ask your vendor/sysadmin

ChrisS said here that y'all were looking for text for an "ask your vendor" close reason. I'd like to propose: Questioners must have required access to fix the problem. Some questions are more ...
user avatar
18 votes
3 answers
382 views

Are questions on Docker suitable for ServerFault?

I am building a command line script (Linux-based) for which I have a Dockerfile to define a Docker container within which I do testing etc. I have a question about why the HOME directory is not ...
user avatar
17 votes
5 answers
904 views

Are RaspberryPi's ever on topic for ServerFault?

I'm seeing more questions to do with RaspberryPi boards. This latest one set me off: Why can't I stream more than 1 file using nginx? Is there a belief that RaspberryPis can be used in a professional ...
user avatar
  • 32.3k
16 votes
8 answers
598 views

Changing the site subtitle

There has been some disquiet and discussion recently about the number of poor inbound migrations to Serverfault. One suggestion is that our subtitle Q&A for system administrators and desktop ...
user avatar
  • 114k
16 votes
12 answers
649 views

2013 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
user avatar
  • 101
13 votes
6 answers
442 views

Sure, we like the IDEA of voting, but we are poor in our actions

Referencing kce's Is ServerFault doomed? Not if we all vote more! where it was upvoted 77 times, with plenty of positive discussion, it is apparent that at least in concept the ServerFault community ...
user avatar
  • 32.3k
12 votes
2 answers
325 views

What delineates a "Business Environment?"

I recently asked a question regarding troubleshooting issues when adding an ESXi host to a vCenter server. However, this question was put on hold, and suggested to be posed on SuperUser (shown below). ...
user avatar
12 votes
3 answers
454 views

When are legacy/unsupported systems still on-topic?

There are cases where old, barely supported or possibly unsupported server-class systems (be it software or hardware) are still being used professionally; for instance: Low-budget operations (still ...
user avatar
  • 1,540
12 votes
6 answers
1k views

What to do with an accepted answer which is plainly wrong?

Inspired by this question and this one. In the first question, the accepted and most upvoted answer is wrong and misleading, but it looks like it has been around for a while, it somewhat works (...
user avatar
  • 68.4k
12 votes
7 answers
301 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 5,665
11 votes
5 answers
385 views

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 ...
user avatar
10 votes
5 answers
468 views

What can we do to fix the "Reasonable management practices" close reason?

I don't like it! Let's make it better, because it's weak. What questions are being closed right now with it where it's not conveying what we want it to? Are they "you're on the wrong site", "you're ...
user avatar
10 votes
10 answers
450 views

Ethical Questions About Hackers, Cheaters, and Lusers

Sometimes the questions asked here are related to the following three categories ... Hackers Yes, yes, I understand there's a fine line between a competent (grey hat) hacker and a sysadmin. But I ...
10 votes
2 answers
145 views

Tag merge request for Microsoft Windows Small Business Server tags

Here is a list for Microsoft Small Business Server tags that do not mention version number: sbs x 46 sbs-server x 2 small-business-server x 96 Here is a list of all SBS tags that I can find which ...
user avatar
  • 32.3k
9 votes
4 answers
153 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 27.4k
9 votes
4 answers
355 views

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. ...
user avatar
9 votes
1 answer
628 views

What's wrong with ServerFault? [closed]

Possible Duplicate: How do we grow the Server Fault and Super User communities? This discussion illustrated some of the issues. Here are my thoughts on SF's problems: There aren't enough ...
user avatar
9 votes
3 answers
249 views

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 ...
user avatar
8 votes
8 answers
476 views

2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [duplicate]

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
user avatar
  • 101
8 votes
2 answers
444 views

Should we game the audit system?

By reviewing posts I have found a number of discrepancies in reviews presented by review audits, which will be visible if one pays enough attention. So if I am sure a review is an audit rather than a ...
user avatar
  • 29.8k
7 votes
0 answers
123 views

Review question: Retagging of old closed untagged questions

Recently, a number of old, closed questions with the tag untagged have been edited with that tag being replaced with an actual tag. Here's an example of such an edit. The question is several years ...
user avatar
  • 27.3k
7 votes
2 answers
159 views

Voting on the FAQ rewrite

The FAQ is a very, very important document. It forms the topical-foundation of ServerFault in the way that a constitution forms the foundation of a country's legal system. Because of this, changes to ...
user avatar
  • 131k
6 votes
3 answers
108 views

Vote: What level of automatic code highlighting do we want?

Now that have code highlighting enabled, we need to determine how 'automatic' it should be. The code highlighting engine works in two ways: Automatic inference of the language in use via the tags on ...
user avatar
6 votes
3 answers
131 views

What is the correct site for Version Control questions

Since we have our discussion about networking going on I want to add similar question which seems to badly overlap between SF and SO. There are a lot of VCS questions that are asked or get bumped ...
user avatar
  • 128k
6 votes
3 answers
395 views

VirtualBox cleanup

This is long overdue... There are currently 757 open questions under the virtualbox tag. From a quick skim through some of them, it appears that the majority of them should be closed as off-topic, ...
user avatar
6 votes
7 answers
391 views

Do we need a long-form FAQ?

As the blowout over here suggested, people are still considering the FAQ to be the definitional document of a site. As in: the document that defines once and for all what's topical and what's not. ...
user avatar
  • 131k
5 votes
2 answers
151 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 100k
4 votes
6 answers
190 views

Is the syntax highlighting for Code blocks useful on SF?

I know the syntax highlighting for code blocks is disabled on superuser. Do we want it disabled here as well? It seems to me that the large majority of the time a code block is used is for log ...
user avatar
  • 128k
4 votes
1 answer
115 views

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 ...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
85 views

is it legal for another site to skim the serverfault feed

I was doing a google search on something and found the Admin's Goodies site seems to be a live (not from the quarterly creative-commons dump, there are items less than a day old) feed of answered SF ...
user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
102 views

Should follow-up questions be asked in comments or on their own?

I imagine the following can't be too uncommon: someone posts a question, gets an answer, follows it, but then finds themselves with a different problem related to the same bit of code. Should a ...
user avatar
  • 133
2 votes
3 answers
158 views

Why is reputation for bounty taken away even if nothing is awarded?

Why is reputation offered up as bounty taken away even if the bounty is never awarded? Even after offering a bounty, I received only one answer to my question. In fact, the "answer" mostly just asked ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
668 views

What about jobs for system administrators?

Please don't close this question as duplicate, and also please don't post answers here. This is only a pointer to remind ServerFault users that this topic is being discussed elsewhere, because it ...
user avatar
  • 68.4k
2 votes
1 answer
282 views

clarification on off-topic "management interfaces"

I recently directed a user from StackOverflow to SuperUser, as they were asking a question about how to properly configure their apache-webserver (or more: why their configuration denied access to ...
user avatar
  • 469
1 vote
5 answers
307 views

Why downvote a question or answer on server fault?

FAQ says "To gain reputation, post good questions and useful answers." Is it valid to downvote an answer because it isn't useful (e.g. doesn't give enough information to help?) Or downvote a question ...
user avatar
  • 9,472
-19 votes
2 answers
196 views

Honeypotting Serverfault for questions that should not be asked! Should this stop?

A recent thread of mine on ServerFault has raised an eyebrow regarding the lack of support for server software, which i was intentionally misled here due to search results on google hooking into all ...
user avatar
19 votes
13 answers
2k views

How do high-reputation SF users solve their own problems?

I have viewed some profiles of SF users who have high reputations. One thing I have noticed that they have asked only a few questions. Some Profile links are given below: Evan Anderson Iain MadHatter ...
user avatar
  • 179
66 votes
5 answers
2k views

Rest in peace, Michael Hampton

Several social media posts from people who knew Michael Hampton dated around October 5 and an Ever Loved obituary dated October 1 state that he has passed away. Here on Server Fault, where he was ...
user avatar
  • 2,738
29 votes
4 answers
826 views

Why does the careers 2.0 site cater to programmers only?

Apparently, I'd need an invitation to create a profile there. That's fine, I've been around stackoverflow, got a bit of score on SF, shouldn't be a problem, right? Moreover, there are career postings ...
user avatar
  • 18.4k
32 votes
3 answers
1k views

PART 2: How does the drama on meta.SE affect Server Fault?

Reduced moderation To start with, two of the moderators on Server Fault have drastically curtailed their activity on the site. Michael Hampton: "After catching up on this situation, including today'...
user avatar
31 votes
2 answers
493 views

How to handle situations where a user needs professional support and you are willing to provide it?

This has happened to me several times already, and I think I'm not the only one. A (possibly new) user comes by with a question which clearly shows he is way out of his depth and he needs ...
user avatar
  • 68.4k
18 votes
4 answers
392 views

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 ...
user avatar
25 votes
7 answers
733 views

Where to ask complex but home network questions?

The new blog post on the SuperUser blog says that home networking questions should now be asked on SuperUser. But this has been bothering me: What about complex home networking questions? It may be ...
user avatar
  • 963
24 votes
3 answers
526 views

How are our questions indexed/googlable so fast?

Asked a question earlier for a problem I was having. After a few minutes I went back to searching for a solution, and came across I don't know much about SEO or web-scraping beyond the basics, but is ...
user avatar
  • 5,521
15 votes
5 answers
579 views

What are the reasons a question can/should get an upvote or downvote on Serverfault?

The Serverfault community seems to treat questions differently than other SE sites... and there definitely seems to be a "culture" or general understanding on how to treat questions that isn't ...
user avatar
9 votes
4 answers
199 views

What AutoReviewComments have you come up with?

As many already know, there is a GreaseMonkey script call AutoReviewComments to automatically insert comment text for common situations. The stock comments are less than stellar in my opinion. What ...
user avatar
  • 77.3k

1 2
3
4 5
7