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Proxy server question, Is Serverfault the correct place to ask?

Would it be acceptable to ask about Squid Proxy configuration? specifically related to Delay buckets and bandwidth caps.
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Are troubleshooting questions a good thing?

Maybe "troubleshooting questions" isn't the right label for what I'm talking about, but I've seen a couple questions recently (in the last 12 hours) that seem a bit off to me. They're off-topic, but ...
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What is the etiquette on using comments to say "thank you"?

On the one hand, I'd like to thank people who provide useful answers, but on the other, I can see how those comments really just become clutter for everyone else.
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Community Moderator vs 10k User

Is there any difference between a 10K user with access to the mod tools and a Community Moderator besides the title and that diamond next to the username?
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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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Why can't people upvote their own questions?

I'll let it be known that I spend a lot of time on Reddit so I find it odd that people can't upvote their own questions. On Reddit, each link or discussion starts out with 1 point (that given to it ...
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"Closed as off topic" Question Criteria

Occasionally I'm confused why a question gets closed. I was just browsing around and came across this one. Xenserver Setup & Purchase I'm just curios what qualified this one as "Off Topic" ?
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Is there an age cut off on the questions you want migrated from SO?

I'm a moderator on SO and have been coming across a fair amount of questions that really belong on Server Fault. Some of them are circa 2008. A lot of these are surfacing after being identified ...
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Users trading accepts for up votes?

What's the rule on this? A user asked an ambiguous question, a different user posted an ambiguous answer but one that was as complete as possible given the scant amount of detail in the question. The ...
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Old questions rising from the dead?

It seems that recently I am seeing a lot of questions "rise" up from seemingly out of nowhere? I have gone in on several occasions and have found myself commenting on questions that were asked in 2009....
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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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Reviewing deleted posts (10K users) [closed]

I've been hitting Data Explorer pretty hard lately attempting to purge not-an-answer answers from questions. You all have seen the type. I'm having the exact same problem. Has anyone fixed this? ...
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Cleaning house, really old, unloved questions

Inspired by a post on M.SU by studiohack, I'd like your thoughts on going through and cleaning up some of our old, unloved questions. I've taken a first pass at coming up with an SQL query (...
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How to get StackOverflow moderators to put hosting questions on Webmasters instead

StackOverflow moderators keep migrating "which hosting company should I use" type questions here, and they usually get voted down. Pro Webmasters seems like a more suitable place for them to get ...
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No editing toolbar

It appears something has broken, for me at least. The editing toolbar is currently not visible when posting a question or answer, yet if I edit an existing one it's fine. I tried FF, IE and Camino on ...
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Strange Entries in Tag RSS Feeds

I'm using the RSS feeds for several tags so I can keep up to date on them. Occasionally, I get an entry that shows up and the question was asked several months ago. If I look at the RSS feed the ...
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Updated: Does the new-user URL filtering need a better error message on server fault?

There is a filter in place to prevent new users from posting more then one link on the body of a question. I believe the intent of this is to prevent spammers from using the system, but does it ...
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a moderator closed my question is any one watching.

I do not have requisite previlieges to post many links to my questions my genuine question was blocked be this sites moderator is any one watching. The internal IPs of apache vhost configuration file ...
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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 ...
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Moving questions

Is there a set of guidelines about where questions get migrated to and when and why? I recently noticed a question that got moved (228792) to a stackexchange site. My thoughts were: Seriously? - we ...
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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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Change or retract a vote to close

This may have been discussed on MSO but I don't go there any more, so I wouldn't see it and don't believe we should have to search elsewhere for answers relevant to this SF. It happened again today ...
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Chat activity for election nominees

Zoredache mentioned in their answer here (emphasis mine): If anyone happens to be reading this, and doesn't regularly go into the chat please understand that most of the current candidates ...
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Information on the moderator candidates

Where can I find information on the candidates for the ServerFault and other elections?
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2011 Moderator Elections - Town Hall Chat

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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I have questions which no one could solve at the time but I later solved, what should I do with the questions?

I have questions on SF which I asked some time ago and never chose an answer for. This happened because eventually someone else outside of SF worked it out or I worked it out at a later date / ...
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Question migration statistics and a plea

Through the power of 10K tools, I bring you statistics: Outbound Migrations last 7 days Total Closed Ignored SU 19 1 9 SO 2 0 1 Web 1 0 0 ...
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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 ...
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Is it enough to just vote an answer up?

I just found a really useful answer to a question (that wasn't mine), and have voted it up. Is it ok to add a comment thanking the person that wrote the answer? Or is the fact I voted it up enough?
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List of questions for candidates in 2011 moderator election [closed]

Blatantly stolen from the meta.maths elections This thread is opened for questions addressed to (all) the candidates in the January 2011 moderator election. If questions are kept simple enough they ...
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2011 Community Moderator Election

The 2011 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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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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What's the difference between 'vm' and 'virtual-machine' tags?

I see there's separate vm and virtual-machines tags. What's the difference? Should they be made synonyms?
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On migrating to unix-SE

Unix & Linux has recently been launched, so I'm wondering if there are questions in here that need migrating. The FAQ states that this site is not for General personal computer troubleshooting. ...
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Why is there a separate forum for IT security questions?

It seems to me that the new IT Security site and Serverfault are very thinly sliced and might create confusion in its shared users about what kind of questions go where. For example, the question "...
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Systematic downvoting?

While looking to see why I received a downvote (don't care, just curious) I noticed a rather unusual voting pattern to answers to this question, where all but one answer have been downvoted. None of ...
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Why does it take so many steps to add a tag to my favorites?

I'm reading some stuff here. Oooh, a tag on an interesting subject. I'll add it to my favorites ... Click on the tag ... It directs me to the page where all the questions related to the tag appears....
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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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RSS Feed for bounties?

Is there a feed available somewhere that tracks bounties offered? Apologies if this has been discussed and rejected elsewhere.
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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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What is "Do you haz teh codez"?

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Avoid Tumbleweed badge

Is it ok to delete a question with low views and no answers and also no comments for some time and re-post it in order to get more visibility and maybe an answer?
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I've had a fault on my broadband connection (now resolved) and my ISP has posted a diagnostic. Would it be OK to ask what it all means?

I'm not sure whether this would be a suitable question for SF or not. My broadband failed a few days ago and has just been restored. My ISP posted the output from a diagnostic test as a response to ...
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Why was my server 2003 question moved to superuser.com?

This question https://serverfault.com/questions/213602/why-would-a-2tb-drive-say-half-its-space-is-used-when-it-isnt-closed was moved to superuser.com, and I don't know why. It's an O/S question ...
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Why limit site to "many desktop PCs" and no mention of laptops? [closed]

FAQ says I can ask questions here when I manage many desktop PCs. What if I manage 100's of laptops?
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What's the worst question you've ever seen on SF.com?

I thought it might be neat/funny to link to the worst questions you've ever seen on serverfault. I'll start us off with https://serverfault.com/questions/209537/hi-can-any-ony-explain-elaborately-...
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What is the meaning of the square box around question answer?

I read the whole FAQ and I did not find that answer.
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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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Server Fault FAQ Update

Based on the responses to this question here, and after reviewing the FAQ again, I would like to suggest a section be added similar to Super User which explicitly states what questions are not allowed ...
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Sick of "unprofessional" questions

I'm seeing SO MANY questions like this: How to get my server viewable from the internet? From the FAQ: Server Fault is for system administrators and IT professionals, people who manage or maintain ...