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crossposting: How to deal with question asked twice on other stack exchange sites?

I have noticed a user asking the exact same question both on serverfault and stackoverflow. I'm referring to this question: stackoverflow: importerror-no-module-named-xhaus-python-module-importing-...
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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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Why was this question about svchost HDD thrashing closed?

I asked this question: Who is reading my hard drive? (svchost) Can you please clarify why it is off-topic? I could make a case that a professional could have an issue with svchost doing unneeded and ...
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My reputation is 666; how do I change it? [closed]

I've noticed today that my reputation on ServerFault corresponds to the number of the beast. It makes me very unhappy. I don't have in mind any interesting ServerFault-related question which could ...
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Duplicate tag [service] and [services]

I wanted to report a tag that seems a duplicate; service with 276 questions tagged, and services with 433 question tagged. I think that is similar to this meta question Q: Duplicate tag windows-...
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Does this question fit ServerFault more than SuperUser?

I just asked a question about Windows shell scripting in SuperUser, but I suddenly realised it may suits ServerFault better. Is this the case? How can I move it over? close/delete and re-post?
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What is this [blocking] tag?

The blocking tag has 113 questions, covering Firewall blocking (probably redundant with ip-blocking) Undeliverable e-mail blocking IO resource limits There is no tag wiki at all. What should be ...
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Editing content on 4 year-old questions isn't always necessary

I mean, sometimes content is intentional. Look at the revision history on this: Centos 6.3 install reiserFS support The question was from 2012. The content within was deliberate, and this was the ...
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What's the best close reason for impossible troubleshooting questions?

We have the "insufficient info to troubleshoot" close reason: Questions seeking installation, configuration or diagnostic help must include the desired end state, the specific problem or error, ...
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Is it okay to tell users to RTFM?

A large bulk of users with 1 rep ask remedial vague and constantly reoccurring questions, many are not down voted and some are answered. aren't we enablers for laziness? it seems to be acceptable ...
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Advice on books?

I have 1 hour of travel by train now from home to work and I really would like to start reading a bit, mostly about networking and security but also about programming. I've been collecting some list ...
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Should downvotes be moderated?

I've been here for about a month and I've already realised how easy is to downvote for no reason and how some people freely do it. This may cause some problems sometimes (mainly for questions) as a -...
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Is it better to ask about OSX server-related-questions (small-to.mid-sized, Enterprise) in Serverfault or Ask Different?

I have a question about my Server Fault post: How can I clear the DHCP GUI in OSX Server? Ghost clients in the building
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your post was converted to a comment

a user asked a question and set bounty: Apache tries to access wsgi-rest parameters in DocumentRoot (AH01797) - Server Fault I posted my answered it (in hope to get bounty), yet few moments later, I ...
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What's the issue with my questions on Ganglia?

I have received 4 downvotes and 1 upvote on my 5 questions regarding the Ganglia monitoring system: Ganglia's GPU Nvidia module: do we need to patch the ganglia-webfrontend? https://serverfault....
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Was the Server Fault logo derived from a StackOverflow logo proposal?

Out of sheer boredom, I was looking through the collection of logo submissions that were made as part of the StackOverflow Logo Design Contest, and I came across the following three designs, all of ...
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Downvoting in response to closed question

After a question was recently closed the poster of said question started downvoting posts of everybody participating in the closure of his question. Is such behavior considered appropriate? If not is ...
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Can I ask for help on choosing a load average threshold?

I have a pipeline that runs some computationally intensive tasks on a Linux machine. The script that launches these checks the current load average and waits if it is above a certain threshold. I ...
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What to do with the “rm -rf” hoax question

It turns out the the recent question regarding the misuse of rm -rf in Ansible was actually just a hoax (English) in some kind of viral marketing effort. It become quite famous on various media and ...
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What to do with a question where answer is “I had a typo”? [duplicate]

This may generalize to other questions, but I found a question that seems to me as well formulated, it's an interesting question, but the problem that the questioner user had was a typo in it's ...
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Voted Down on Answer

I recently reviewed a question on serverfault, added a comment, and replied to the question. Q: Installing Ubuntu 14.04 Server as Web server I realised that the question was questionable, because ...
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Are we professionals or…?

Not long ago I cam across this question. Naturally, my first reaction was to simply vote to close it. Not sure why everyone else did not do it and even a moderator did not do it but rather just ...
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Is the suggestion to use a different Operating System reasonable?

I post recently about an issue I had regarding Upstart and Ubuntu 14.04. Two mods chimed in, one suggesting I use a systemd based OS, and another supporting the suggestion to consider another OS. My ...
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Should anonymizing IP addresses, hostnames, company names and other PII be encouraged? [duplicate]

Not to pick on any particular question, but I noticed this question doesn't appear to have anonymized: an IP address from the server access log the referer header the domain name of the site being ...
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Why was my edit to “Must boot manually after a manual installation of Debian on ZFS root file system” rejected?

I came across Must boot manually after a manual installation of Debian on ZFS root file system on the main site. The OP had not included the specific error messages in the question (they were posted ...
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What is the scope of what docker questions are on topic here?

This question briefly touches on this subject: Are questions on Docker suitable for ServerFault? But none of the answers really address the general question comprehensively about what types of ...
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Soliciting chargeable work from OP?

So I stumbled on a post when OP clearly was out of their league. In the comments of an answer, the OP was informed that the scope of work was such that they should pay for it. Further down, a second ...
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Can I ask for a comparison between two specific testing tools?

I have a question about feature differences between two Fluke cable and network testing tools. It's probably more appropriate for e.g. an Amazon community question but I havent been getting responses ...
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What do I do with a question that has become irrelevant?

I asked a question (Can't connect to remote centos 7 install from at least one host) that has for whatever reason resolved itself after almost a day of not using the affected computer. I was going ...
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Which Header tags need beheading?

I was looking for a suitable tag for a question about the email headers my email server creates but while looking I noticed that header-related tags could probably do with a clean-up: I'm sure there ...
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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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Dispute Off-Topic

How can I dispute one of my questions having had been marked as off-topic? I have asked this question on Server Fault after I discovered that I should put the question on Server Fault.
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Someone is removing the history tag. Was that discussed and should the edit be accepted or rejected?

Someone started to remove the history tag from all questions, as I see in the 'Suggested Edits' queue. I agree that this tag is useless and should be removed. However, I don't find a discussion and ...
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Don't vote to close so many old questions at once

Someone has been voting to close a ton of old questions in the past couple days. The review queue jumped from about 40 (for me) to over 100. I don't disagree with whoever (*cough* noob *cough*) is ...
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Is such a question going to be on-topic here?

I have a service, for which I have to develop such a mechanism which issues notification to the administrator if it fails. I already have few ideas in my head about how this might or might not work, ...
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What posts get deleted, and why?

A fair number of posts get deleted on Server Fault, for a wide variety of reasons and by a diverse set of methods. Because these posts are, by definition, not visible and not searchable, there tends ...
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Why was this question closed and moved to SU?

I asked this question: https://superuser.com/questions/1039154/twitter-user-profiles-dont-appear-up-when-on-some-vpns It was closed as off-topic and moved to SuperUser. I'm just a bit perplexed as ...
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Reminder: Hyperlink citations are freeform text

The practical upshot is that you don't have to worry about numerical sequencing or having to rearrange things if edits are made at a later date. Definitely useful for tag wiki stuff, or any other ...
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Should 'productive sysadmins without root' be listed as a canonical question?

Should Linux: productive sysadmins without root (securing intellectual property)? be listed as a canonical question?
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Honeypotting Serverfault for questions that should not be asked! Should this stop?

A recent thread of mine on ServerFault has raised an eyebrow regarding the lack of support for server software, which i was intentionally misled here due to search results on google hooking into all ...
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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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Why was this flag declined? [duplicate]

This is about a particular flag about this answer that got declined: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxErhxEbQcA&feature=plcp is a good video. Start at ep 11 and work your way through the SSL ...
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re-open for the sake of searchable community knowledge [closed]

As foreseen, I am pleased how others have contributed to and evolved this mini project: Supports both IPv6 and IPv4 ipset rather than iptables state files no longer required. https://gist.github....
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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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Review question: Retagging of old closed untagged questions

Recently, a number of old, closed questions with the tag untagged have been edited with that tag being replaced with an actual tag. Here's an example of such an edit. The question is several years ...
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How to ask my question but obfuscate my real data

I asked one question about my DNS records and was forced to substitute my real domain name and IP with fake data like 111.111.111.111 & bar.com. One user didn't welcome that and made me -1, so I ...
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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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On hold for a valid question conforming to guidelines

Im certain that the answers of several of the "power members" of the community are not in a good light in this question I have asked, but they can edit their responses. https://serverfault.com/...
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How should we deal with old link-only answers?

Sometimes I come across old answers with little more than a link to another site. And sometimes these answers have been upvoted multiple times. The answer I most recently came across said only this ...
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Why is my question closed as 'too broad'?

My question here: Are HDD <-> SSD transfer speeds completely bottlenecked by HDD speed? is very specific but was closed as 'too broad'. Maybe it doesn't look like every other question that is ...