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It's Santa Time!

Let's do this. What with the DramaLlama being out in full force, I think it's time to take a breather and bring the funny back. To wit: I propose the Santification of your gravatars till after the new ...
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Should someone post an answer when all they did was Google Fu?

I answered a question today while knowing little about the subject, and all I did was Google. True, some googlers are better than others, and perhaps I deserved the 1 upvote I got for such. However, ...
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The bad tag collection

Summary Ok, we have a lot of bad tags. I found at least half a dozen without trying over the weekend. Some of these tags have hundreds of questions in them, meaning that it will take a dev so that we ...
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I think we're overdoing "that's not professional" comments

[Most of this post blatantly ripped off from MDMarra's] https://serverfault.com/questions/590349/compiling-newer-version-of-apache-in-fedora-14 ... is the question that prompted my post, but this ...
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Is the dark blue system notification bar annoying? [closed]

Or is it just me?... If it's really just me I'll suck it up and quit my yapping. I submitted a feature request on MSO a few days ago to be able to close it but not much was discussed about it and it ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election Results

Server Fault's fifth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Modifying the faq, shopping edition

The 'product recommendation' question occurs here a lot. I propose we modify the existing FAQ language: and it is not about … Networking outside the professional workplace Running servers at home ...
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Merge the subdomain and subdomains tags

subdomains seems to be a little-used and description-free tag for stuff which subdomain fits well (ie, DNS subdomain-related issues). I would propose merging subdomains into subdomain. Edit: OK, it'...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...
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What to do with XAMPP/MAMP/WAMP questions

It's generally known that it's a horrible idea to use these one-click LAMP stack installers for anything but local development. That said, with surprising regularity, we seem to get questions from ...
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Serverfault and Unix/Linux

Is there a general rule when to ask a question on the "Unix and Linux" StackExchange rather than on "serverfault"? Or: When should questions in one of these two be migrated to the other one?
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Synonym request: [segfault] + [segmentationfault] into [segmentation-fault]

The term of segmentationfault is often shortened to segfault. So, let's create new tag segmentation-fault (for better readability) and make it synonym of two tags above. Any thoughts?
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SF should use the "interesting" home page

As you might be aware, Stack Overflow has a unique home page which tries to display questions which are relevant to the user. This works very well for SO and helps its users sift through the thousands ...
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What should Server Fault do with questions about web hosting control panels?

We've had this discussion before, but it's apparently time to revisit it. For some background, see: http://meta.serverfault.com/q/1075/126632 http://meta.serverfault.com/q/3425/126632 http://meta....
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Come Celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary!

It's hard to believe that 10 years have come and gone. This community has grown so much since then! We're now averaging 70+ questions per day with over 270k questions already amassed. All of these ...
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Where to ask complex but home network questions?

The new blog post on the SuperUser blog says that home networking questions should now be asked on SuperUser. But this has been bothering me: What about complex home networking questions? It may be ...
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How to deal with bad questions? VOTE!

tl;dr: Please vote more; both up and down. Why you should all (ok, almost all) vote more: Admittedly, when it comes to voting, I'm a bit like the porcupine in the Dilbert cartoon at the end of this ...
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What ever became of the meeting with SE staff about the "future of Serverfault"?

I was going to ask this is in chat but figured it was better served if the community-at-large got to see the results of the meeting, what was discussed, etc. This is in regards to this Meta post: ...
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Any reason not to display my full name in profile?

I'm relatively new to Stack so I was just wondering if there are reasons why you wouldn't want to display your real name. Thank you.
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External site copying without attribution

Came across a site today which appears to be blatantly scraping SF content - and even has a similar name. The SF result was actually ranked below that of the external site. A search of mSO and mSF ...
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Should Server Fault stop accepting questions from unregistered users?

If you've read the front page recently, you're well aware that there's a large percentage of total crap on it. Indeed, more than a third of the questions posted in the last 60 days have been closed or ...
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How are our questions indexed/googlable so fast?

Asked a question earlier for a problem I was having. After a few minutes I went back to searching for a solution, and came across I don't know much about SEO or web-scraping beyond the basics, but is ...
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Stop sending things to SuperUser to die!!

I'm seeing SO MANY questions lately that should be KILLED ON THE SPOT that are simply being moved to SuperUser as a way to get rid of them. This should not be done. I don't know if people are scared ...
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When is an answer Not An Answer?

This is intended to provide information for people who throw Not An Answer (NAA) flags and who might be surprised to see the canned decline reason "flags should not be used to indicate technical ...
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July 29, 2016 – 17th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day

Yes. This is not a question. I know. This will be closed, and I'm fine with this. But I think all the sysadmin people out there deserve this, so this is just a short reminder ... and I hope this doesn'...
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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 ...
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Are cpanel questions really 'professional sysadmin' related?

Do any professional sysadmins really use cPanel, rather than provide cPanel? To me, cPanel is indicative of non-professional (i.e. voluntary, spare time, personal) web hosting use? Sure, I can see ...
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BOFH Gravatar Week - Let's keep going!

This is your chance to show your true colours... Use the (semi-) official Bastard Operator From Hell Gravatar for a week or a while. I don't think there's any particular reason, it just seemed like ...
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How to handle unanswered questions that have the answer in a comment or edited into the question?

This is about those two questions: httpd.conf match absolute file PHP 5.3 Not Logging Both had no answer (neither accepted nor unaccepted). Both askers answered it without actually writing an answer,...
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I'm tired of answering questions with: "Upgrade the firmware" or "Run updates"

...or sometimes both! ESXi 5.1 crashing (bug fixed by updates) Installing XenServer 6.2 on Proliant DL160G6 freezes during "Installing from base pack" (firmware) Disconnected Network ...
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2014 Community Moderator Election Results

Server Fault's 4th moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Being professional to professionals

My favourite thing about SF is the 'professional' requirement. I think it's unique in that respect, in that I can't think of another technical Q&A site that has both critical mass and such a ...
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Server Fault Conference

I’m excited to announce that Server Fault will be hosting a one day educational conference for system administrators and other network operations professionals. This conference will be supported by ...
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Do we want to humor "how do I intentionally provide an insecure service" questions?

tl;dr I'm a DNS admin who has seen numerous DNS attack strategies evolve over the past few years, and I'm uncomfortable with encouraging Q&A's that try to split hairs on how an (intentionally) ...
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Do we need a 2013 Election?

Well, it's January, which is the traditional time to hold a moderator election on Server Fault. My question is; do you think we need one? I'd like input from everyone - new users, regular users, high ...
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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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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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Should the rep requirement for creating tags on Server Fault be raised?

I have a simple question, per the title, that I'd like community feedback on before venturing over to Stack Exchange meta and/or bugging one of the Stack Exchange Community Managers. Should the rep ...
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Formally changing the #4 migration target

Whereas, the migration statistics as discovered in this meta post show a demonstrated and ongoing trend of mod-only migrations to dba.stackexchange.com, and Whereas, Webmasters has not resided in the ...
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Too much focus on Stack Overflow?

As a user who only came onboard with Server Fault (haven't done any programming in years), I can't help but feel left a little bit cold when it comes to meta and the blog. You see, they're hosted on ...
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New User wizard

So, looks like Ask Ubuntu have a similar problem to what we have - they often have a poor quality questions. I like what their moderator has done up as a proof of concept; a wizard that helps you ask ...
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2014 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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Why "professional capacity"?

This is part of a set of questions on how Server Fault defines "professional" system and network administration. For additional information, see: What IS a "professional capacity"?...
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What should the community take away from panel-gate?

The event that has been dubbed panel-gate by members of the community has sparked emotion and even outrage from the community with regard to the actions of some, and how the events unfolded. The ...
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Are we getting out-of-hand with all of the sub-communities?

On Serverfault I saw the question "Invalidate Google Site Validation (Google Webmaster) [migrated]" and was disappointed to see that it redirects me to webmasters.stackexchange. (I was expecting the ...
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My answer did not solve OPs problem; now what

I tried to answer this question, since I had similar problems earlier and managed to solve them. However, it appears that the fix that worked for me does not work for the OP and I have no idea what ...
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Do you have a checklist that can help me ask a better question?

This is a Canonical Question / FAQ Candidate to help our new users ask better questions, and hopefully get better answers. Similar questions: How can I ask better questions on Server Fault? ...
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Massive Spam Attacks since couple of days

It seems that https://serverfault.com/search?q=loan+number My first page on ServerFault looks like gets a lot of hits for the same spam type, and I'm already hitting the flag limits what could be ...
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The never ending flood of "what kind of server do I need for X amount of requests per hour"

These kind of questions just keep pouring in, and the same thing happens every time. The questioneer never gives out enough details to even guess what kind of spec/bandwith he/she needs, the type of ...
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Should we enable Tag Specific Popups

Some time ago we requested Clippy Pop out to help people ask a better question. (time passed) Someone else asked for a similar feature on mSE. (more time passed) This feature has been added to ...
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