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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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Distinction between Serverfault and Webmasters

I've been browsing serverfault and webmasters, and it seems that the intent of the webmasters is to deal mainly with creating and maintaining webpages and content, and serving it. The Programmers ...
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rsync here or superuser?

I am on my way to a Marshall badge on SO so I figure I should know but I still can't figure out whether rsync belongs here or to Superuser. There are 1,654 on SO, 866 on SU, 1,666 here. Also, why was ...
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ServerFault - Direction and Future - Professional Questions

I used to be very active on ServerFault. In fact, I was on the first page in the top 10 overall ranking. I love StackExchange's products and ServerFault as a forum and I recommend them still. What ...
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Why am I not able to ask any more questions? [duplicate]

I am a young programmer being paid to do some sysadmin work. I am active on stackoverflow, and so when I had a question, I came to serverfault. I asked three questions. Each recieved one downvote, and ...
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contesting an off-topic designation

Regarding: Linux: how to send new lines in log files to remote syslog? Reasons given for putting the above topic on hold, and my explanation of why it is invalid following each: "You are not the ...
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Hey! Why does that community guy get credit for my tag creation?

As in, for example, this tag. Is it because I don't have enough rep for tag-wiki edits without approval? Not that it matters a whole lot, but it feels like something of a punch in the fun bits, and ...
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List Questions - What to do with new ones

A "list question" recently came up. This is not asking for a list of options which satisfy as set of requirements, that's a "shopping question". They were originally allowed on SF, and still are on SO....
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Is ServerFault the best place for Cloud Computing Platform Questions?

I have found that there are many questions about cloud computing platforms that do not fit well on either StackOverflow or ServerFault. I have created a proposal for a new site, specific about cloud ...
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Tag removal request: soho

This tag exists: soho. Nothing asked in this tag will ever be on topic (and there is only one question in it that isn't either already closed or about to be). Assuredly it should be abolished?
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What is it called when you queue my bits?

So over on Unix and Linux we were chatting about how to tag questions related to traffic shaping. We thought we would check ServerFault for reference, but that led me to wonder just what exactly is ...
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Should this question be a duplicate? If not, how do I unduplicate?

I asked a specific question which was marked as duplicate, but question it was a "duplicate" of didn't answer my question. What is the proper way to un-mark-as-duplicate? Originally, the question ...
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Proposal to merge Instances tag into instance

The instances tag seems to be a duplicate of instance. The proposal is to merge instances into instance and subsequently remove the instances tag.
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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 considered not acceptable for Server Fault?

I just had a question closed on Server Fault: Open Source Monitoring for Windows However, I can't understand why. The FAQ states that questions about monitoring (which it is) are allowed. I guess ...
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What to do about new users posting useless answers only to make themselves known?

I've recently often witnessed the quite sad phenomenon of new (and often clueless) users trying to make themselves known by adding useless answers to already-answered questions, or to old unanswered (...
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Why do I have to award a bounty?

For reference: How to Monitor an Adaptec/Intel ICH10R RAID Controller (any SNMP notification options?) I understand that the bounty system does not guarantee an answer, it guarantees that your ...
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Server Fault new site theme is live

We rolled out the new site theme for Server Fault. It is now live. What new theme? If you're like, "What the heck are you talking about?", then you should read the Meta Stack Exchange post entitled ...
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Secure alternative to ssh gets closed as too localised?

https://serverfault.com/questions/345962/alternative-for-ssh This is an interesting question from several angles: someone in Iran is asking a question on ServerFault it asks about alternatives to ...
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what's the point in unformatted comments?

I know that I can answer and I initiate the answer starting from clarifications immediately getting negative ratings which discourages to further participate in this thread. What's the point in this?...
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Explanation of duplicate

My question was marked as a duplicate, and sincerely, I don't get it. Please explain it to me. My question: Best practice: mitigating OOM kills of KVM VMs [duplicate] The other: Using linux ...
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New Server Fault theme coming soon

As mentioned on meta.stackexchange.com several months ago, all network sites will be getting updated themes. Server Fault is one of the first sites that will be updated. As such, I'm posting the ...
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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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In heaven complaining about hell

Dear Michael Hampton, Let me point out my opinion on your action. It is OK for you to delete something that is not an answer, if you really think it did not help to solve the in the first place you ...
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Equivalent tag to 'homework': 'do-my-job-for-me'?

In the same way that questions which are obviously homework get tagged homework, should questions which are obviously attempts to get someone else to do the questioner's job for them be tagged do-my-...
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I think my question was mistakenly closed and moved to SuperUser

I believe my question was mistakenly closed and moved to SuperUser. The FAQ states that questions about managing the hardware or software of servers, workstations, storage or networks tools used for ...
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Review audit and I failed, but I disagree. What do I do?

https://serverfault.com/review/first-posts/321318 The tone of the beginning of the question is aggressive and judgemental of OP's co-workers. The audience has only one side of the story. Besides, ...
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Feature Request: Question Approval Queue

Prompted by this answer, the poster mentioned an idea about quarantining questions. I commented on it, and wanted to expand on it by using this meta post to receive feedback and critique, and ...
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Should "on topic" be narrowed down on SF? [closed]

I have one big problem with SF: There is so much traffic (i.e. new questions per day) that I need to spend much time to search for "interesting" ones or ones that I can answer. I think I might answer ...
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Where do questions regarding labs for enterprise equipment & software belong if not SF?

So this is in regards to https://serverfault.com/questions/733438/nested-esxi-vlan-trunking-not-working, which was closed because it was considered off topic. I had a chance to discuss this with EEAA, ...
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tired of having questions closed -- please refine your FAQ

Is it not reasonable to assume that if there's a TAG here, a question relating to the subject of that TAG is "on topic"?
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Why do people think questions about cPanel/WHM is the same as questions about cPanel?

The 'off-topic' blah blah, warns of cPanel as being off topic, so it allows moderators to just brush by a post, see the word 'cPanel', and put on hold / etc on the fly. Yes, moderators rush through a ...
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Does irrationality have to be contagious?

So, to summarize the story, there was a perfectly clear question about a feature in demand https://serverfault.com/questions/647891/make-fail2ban-use-public-blacklists looking for a method to block ...
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Suggestion: helping amateurs to get their way to SU / unix SE

As we can see for example here, a considerable part of the non-professional, or non-sysadmins are coming here only because they don't know, where is the exact place of their questions. They don't have ...
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