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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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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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Should comments inserted as inline edits be flagged, deleted, or left alone?

https://serverfault.com/posts/457235/revisions This question included a comment as an inline edit: "Thanks for all your input and discussion on the subject..." We as a community tend to frown upon ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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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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Speedy Google indexing

I asked this question an hour ago: Odd entries in DNS lookup log The question contained the string "xdnrhkbqnn". If I now Google this string I get just one hit, namely my question. How did ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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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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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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Questions lacking minimal understanding

I'm having some difficulty reviewing questions which I think fall into the "lacking minimal understanding" category. Where do we draw the line? For instance, say a question is about how to configure ...
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Etiquette for blatent product pushers?

This question, is a good one. This guys answer, isn't. When I suggest a product, I like to at least add the fact that I've used it, and my reasons for recommending. It's the "try this", without a ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Expand migrate-options

Lately we've been having a lot of questions that would be better suited over at AskDifferent or Unix & Linux. However, there is no option to migrate them there in the off-topic section, so we just ...
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Fun and Humor Tag

What should be done with the fun and humor tags? I'm not sure if What should we do with "coolest server names" is the exeption, but should we try to clean up questions that aren't directly ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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KVM tag, synonyms on the same area of expertise...

So, we kave KVM, the Kernel-based Virtual Machine and KVM, the Keyboard Video Mouse switch. Both are correct and both are heavily used on the sysadmin world. Luckily enough we have only a few ...
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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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How long should it take to write an SF question?

Apparently, I have form for not asking all that many questions on SF. Re-reading that meta question, I was struck by sysadmin1138's observation that My 'virtual question' count is a lot higher ...
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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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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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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

As we've done in the previous election, 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 of ...
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Scope of questions for serverfault

Are only questions about server administration allowed on the serverfault site? I have noticed a lot of desktop configuration or administration questions have been closed.
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Fundamentals tag

This is related to the discussion here There seems to be a class of question that is more than one that would be asked by someone who really isn't a sysadmin or is just starting their career (where ...
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Is a duplicate, a duplicate question or a duplicate answer?

Because of a recent question I've been wondering what duplicate actually means. Researching the issue here and on meta.SE has not given me a conclusive answer but I did notice my own thoughts ...
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Defining the limits of self-promotion on Server Fault

Related to Defining the limits of self-promotion The top two answers to this question were deleted: There is any monitoring hosted solution? The accepted answer's account has 19 of 20 answers ...
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HTTP result code tags

Thanks to Lucas Kauffman's wikitag activity I've noticed a number of HTTP return code tags like 404, 402, 302, 303, 500 and probably a whole number of others. They seem to be at least ambiguous to me, ...
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How high should the bar be for the OP answering his own question?

I guess none of us like to see questions where the OP disappears once the problem has been resolved, without leaving any clues as to what exactly worked to solve the problem. For this reason, I tend ...
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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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Why was my rsync filter question regarding a business merger closed?

i asked rsync not removing single quotes around array of strings --filter list on ServerFault, but it was closed as off-topic without explanation. i am trying to automate a safe way to move files ...
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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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How much should you refine a question before opening a new question?

When editing your own question, sometimes the initial problem is something completely different to what you expected, and the original question becomes obsolete. How far do you think you should edit ...
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RTFM inappropriate?

Is using the term "RTFM" followed up by links to specific parts of the manual, and a discussion of the content innapropriate? Should you get a downvote simply by having RTFM in an answer/comment/...
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Answering your own question: officially encouraged and unofficially despised?

On every question page, including this one I'm writing on now, there is a relatively conspicuous link underneath the Post Your Question button, and it says Answer your own question - share your ...
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Should we have a "general reference" close reason?

I've been noticing an influx of questions lately which not only show a total lack of research, but are completely and thoroughly answered in the product documentation. Such questions almost always ...
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What is a proper question that is on topic?

I encountered a problem with a host provider that they were unable to fix. I'm not new to system administration, however this system was not under my control so I thought I ask if anyone had ...
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Is a question about configuring a server admin panel off topic?

A three year old question of mine was just put "on hold" for relating to "working with a service provider's management interface, such as cPanel." The wording here is a little ambiguous. I ...
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What happens when a bounty expires?

Are bounty points taken from reputation regardless of whether there is an answer during the bounty period or not? I looked through FAQ and could not find the answer to this.
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Why are Jenkins related questions not suitable for ServerFault?

Recently I asked a Jenkins configuration question here on ServerFault, and it got migrated to StackOverflow (https://stackoverflow.com/questions/35610719/is-there-a-way-to-separate-github-webhooks-in-...
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Why are we so strict on the rules?

I have seen a lot of questions closed for being off-topic, that are only off-topic by the broadest of interpretations of the rules. Specifically here. This is an example of a question that might be ...
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Should <2k rep users avoid making small-character edits?

Yesterday I ran across an answer where the author uploaded an image to Stack Exchange's Imgur, but provided a link to it in their answer instead of embedding it. That's a pretty simple markdown ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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How do they differ? Tags webserver and web-server

I recently applied the webserver tag to my question and noticed that there are two tags: webserver and web-server. How do they differ?
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why does career tag exist?

similar question: http://meta.serverfault.com/questions/1666/eliminate-the-career-tag I have been searching serverfault, security.stackexchange, programmers.stackexchange, workplace.stackexchange for ...
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