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How should we handle questions that don't have a satisfactory answer but can't be pursued any longer?

I asked a question that involved a system that has now been wiped, as troubleshooting was taking too long, so no further answers can contribute to the question, as it was specific to that system. That ...
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What, in summary, are we supposed to do to clean up tags?

I know it's not a good question title... I'd like to have a question and short answer here on meta.SF that explains what - if anything - people can or should do to clean up tags. I've seen blog ...
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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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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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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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How should "Help me do (whatever), I'm a beginner with no idea what to do" questions be dealt with?

What's the correct way of dealing with a question that's essentially a request for training? Is it just a bad question (vote down) or is it "not a real question" or something else?
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Add entry to FAQ to discourage link-and-run?

So, if the SE sites discourage link-and-run (or rather, encourage down-voting of LAR answers), why isn't this in the FAQ? Earlier Meta discussions, showing that LAR is discouraged. Statistics: ...
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Are we becoming too judgmental about questions relating to "professionalism"?

It seems odd to me that this question (Windows XP procedurally drop packets) is currently flagged for issues on being "professional." When did this site become so judgmental and only accept ...
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Merge the subdomain and subdomains tags

subdomains seems to be a little-used and description-free tag for stuff which subdomain fits well (ie, DNS subdomain-related issues). I would propose merging subdomains into subdomain. Edit: OK, it'...
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Christmas Hats 2013 Edition!

It's December! For the past couple of years, many SF'ers have added Santa hats to their Gravatars For Christmas. Feel free to join in, here are the hats we've used in the past: or
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What should we do with "coolest server names"

So this question... https://serverfault.com/questions/45734/the-coolest-server-names It's horribly off topic. It's got a few votes to delete it right now because the community does not want it here (...
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Borderlines for GDPR related questions

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) affects everyone working in the field, since it extends even beyond the EU. It's a hot topic, and all kind of myths and claims are developing around it. ...
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canonical tag for canonical questions?

Does it make sense for us to have a canonical tag on non-meta to flag the canonical questions with? I know that, for me, it would be easier to search for that tag than search for and reference the ...
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Ways to improve the quality of questions concerning some tags (tag-triggered suggestions?)

I'm quite new here, but I often find myself desiring there was a way to suggest people asking questions to include information probably relevant because of the tags they've used - something like "...
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Is useful 'spam', really spam?

While Googling for a utility a few weeks ago, I came up against this question: Automated method to convert .reg registry file to reg.exe commands Which was exactly what I was after. However, the ...
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What should we do with questions about Vagrant?

We have, at last count, 335 questions tagged vagrant. As far as I know, for the most part this is a tool used by developers to create developer environments, and not something that is useful in ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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Usefulness of [443]?

I just noticed there is a 443 tag. It is used in more than a handful of questions, but I find its name quite poorly chosen. What to do about it? Rename? Remove?
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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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About bad questions, is answering them a way to encourage them?

I just answered a question about somebody trying to circumvent some network restrictions, I understand that that kind of questions fall under the "system misuse" category, however, I answered because ...
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Why is the Server Fault community so unfriendly?

Why is the Server Fault community so unfriendly? On other Stack Exchange sites, I get the feeling that people are actually trying to help you, but here I very often feel that its better to find a ...
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We need a custom close reason for web hosting control panels

As part of our ongoing cleanup of old (and new) web hosting control panel questions, we need a custom close reason for web hosting control panels which explains the issue, why we are unable to accept ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

UPDATE: While the testing period has ended, this change has been well-received by the community so we have opted to not reset the votes needed to close/reopen to 5 while we look at data. Please let me ...
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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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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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Google Cloud Platform support on Server Fault

For a while now, Google has supported their various Cloud Platform services on Stack Overflow, both in terms of directing developers to the site and in actually answering questions about using these ...
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Disagree with a declined flag

I flagged this answer as NAA. The reasoning behind it being that it is clearly an attempted comment on the answer right below it. This flag has since been rejected for flags should not be used to ...
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Can we have better messaging for handling Web Hosting Control Panel questions?

In the comments for this meta question we noticed that the messaging around closing Web Hosting Control Panel questions is outdated. The current text is: Questions involving web hosting control ...
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Web Hosting Control Panel questions migration

I wanted to share that we got contacted back by Webmasters Stack Exchange for cPanel/WHC question that are off-topic there on ServerFault, that they will gladly accept them. I just wanted to share it ...
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Reboot is a stupid tag. There, I said it

Whenever I see a question that has reboot as the only tag, I want to punch a baby. Let's get rid of it. Do it for the kids.
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What Server Fault-specific advice should we give folks asking questions here?

As of a few weeks ago, the "unclear what you're asking" close reason now links to a page in the help center: The moderators here can edit this page to customize it. So my questions are, Should they ...
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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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Tag Formatting - Best Practices

This has already been brought up and been discussed extensively on Stack Overflow but we're already starting to see an abundance of duplicate tags with different formats - sql2005, sql-2005, etc. So ...
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Is SF an appropriate place to ask any question about telco network?

As far as I know SE has no specific site to ask question about telco network like GSM/EDGE network. More of less SF deals with computer networking, system etc. Is SF an appropriate place to ask any ...
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Closing OT crappy questions

We are generally requested to not migrate crap. Now that we're no longer meant to use the Off Topic->Questions must be relevant to professional system administration ... close reason as a method ...
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Is this type of answer acceptable?

I have mixed feelings about this guy's answers. Most of his answers that I've read seem to be good, informative, but the formatting always bugs me, and sometimes the list of references looks spammy. ...
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home-server tag

Should the tag home-server be deleted as it's surely off topic here on server fault? It has 22 questions, many of which that are still open. A few more candidates: home-network home-networking ...
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2018 Moderator Election Notice - Timezones

Next week, on September 17th, Server Fault will be hosting an election. The election will be for 2 new moderators. More importantly, though, when we had polled the mod team about whether a new ...
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Where do I ask a question about backup of local mac and vmware fusion based prototyping environment

I am an IT pro and tend to need virtual environments for opsdev, infrastructure and development type activities that require non-functional facets like backup. A lot of my work gets done on trains so ...
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"administration" tag should be blacklisted [duplicate]

I find the tag administration really useless.
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Tag reverse is ambiguous

The reverse tag has been used with at least three different meanings. Reverse DNS, reverse proxy, reverse port-forwarding. I think the tag needs to go. Should it just be removed, or should questions ...
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Duplicate tag windows-service and windows-services

The tag windows-service has 195 questions, windows-services got 25.
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Tag Burnination [tag:instance]

The instances tag was recently merged into instance and this comment was made But really, neither tag is useful; it ought to just be burninated. It is a pretty useless tag so shall we burninate ...
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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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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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Why were my "not an answer" flags on these answers declined? What should I have done instead?

I came across these two answers to an old question, which to my mind are simply link-only answers. Hence, I flagged them as NAA to push them into the review queue for the more experienced members of ...
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Whats really being taken in consideration to close a question?

What’s really being taken in consideration to close a question? Is it based on how "ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form" 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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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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Topicality: What should be done with "hobbyist" firmware questions?

What should we do with questions involving hobbyist 3rd party firmware such as dd-wrt, openwrt, and tomato? I'll grudgingly admit there is a corner case for these in the small office professional ...
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