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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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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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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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How to deal with people that don't accept your reasoning?

User peterh doubted my reasons and decided to engage in an edit war with me, ultimately downvoting my question. I used an image instead of the text because, as explained, I don't want my client's FQDN ...
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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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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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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the comments for this meta question we noticed that the messaging around closing Web Hosting Control Panel questions is outdated.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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2012 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat: Monday 21:00 / 4pm EST [closed]

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Server Fault is scheduled for an election starting next week, September 17th, for 2 slots. In connection with that election, we will be hosting a Q&A here for candidates. This will be an ...
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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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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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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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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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"administration" tag should be blacklisted [duplicate]

I find the tag administration really useless.
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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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Revision / Exam questions?

What's the position on helping someone with understanding technology, but in response to learning or education rather than a formal 'I have a specific issue ....' I'm thinking of this question, ...
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Is it ok to post a question on both StackExchange and another software specific forum at the same time?

I have a question about my Server Fault post: How do you configure Confidant to use the Access Key Id/Secret Access Key for its IAM user? I've seen a couple users post a question and leave a note, ...
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Improving questions vs. teaching new users how to use the site?

I recently flagged a question for being off-topic based on its original version. (Q: setting up virtual host on windows apache) There was a clear reference to Windows 7 as a desktop OS and as the ...
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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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We want to celebrate the community's 10th anniversary together!

April 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of this great community and we want to celebrate together with you! I am looking for suggestions from you as to how we can realistically enjoy this momentous ...
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Should subjective questions be subjected to closure?

The recent discussion around the WebServer Benchmarks question has me thinking. This question poses a generally useful query that doesn't have one true answer. Part of our mission is to understand ...
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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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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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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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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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Could Appropriate Tags Cross-Post to Relevant SE Communities?

Since the recent addition of new communities for Unix and Ubuntu within the StackExchange (particularly ServerFault), I propose that tags posted to SF with relevant tags ("Ubuntu", "Solaris", "Unix", ...
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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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Duplicate tag windows-service and windows-services

The tag windows-service has 195 questions, windows-services got 25.
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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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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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Will/Should Serverfault be dropping the "networking support" in the upcoming future?

There is a currently private beta site for Network Engineering here: http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/52519/network-engineering The beta is new, but seems to be garnering a decent following ...
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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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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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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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What is our "competition" for ServerFault?

I see a few references to "other" sites in some of the meta questions in term of improving Serverfault.....However, specifically which sites do you feel are the competition to that of ServerFault?
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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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Would asterisk questions be welcome here?

Is it ok if I vote to migrate asterisk questions from Super User to 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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Editing not-so-good Questions

I have an idea that part of the way we might improve Server Fault a little bit is to take questions that just are not that great but maybe have potential and edit them. I think if when users with ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Can we weed out the benchmarking questions?

I propose a change to the FAQ and closing policy: I'd like to see all of the benchmarking questions closed with prejudice; I'm tired of seeing them. In my mind, the answer is almost always the same: ...
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Many old questions getting additional proftpd/vsftpd tags

There seems to be a rash of questions recently getting resurrected by the addition of either a vsftpd or a proftpd tag. Let me be clear: I don't refer to previously-untagged questions; those are ...
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Handle the question where OP decided to reinstall the system and begin from scratch

Recently I going through unanswered questions pool to find interesting unsolved questions. In one question E-mails being relayed to other server there are no answer provided. Why? Because OP has ...
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Upvoting without discretion

For the past 24 hours at least, someone has been upvoting questions without discretion on ServerFault. At first, I started to downvote the particularly heinous misappropriation. At this point, I'm ...
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