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What sort of contest should we have?

I think it's about time for Server Fault to have its own contest. Within the last few months Super User had a contest coinciding with the release of Windows 8, and now Stack Overflow is having a ...
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Any reason my question has so little views? [closed]

My question here hasn't gotten that much attention. Is there a way I can write it to invite more answers or comments? Most, if not all, of the information I provide is necessary to have an ...
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Most recent questions on home page

Question for those with more experience than I here: why in the last few days are many of the questions on the home page many years old? I'd really rather see recent questions on the home page; am I ...
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"performance" a duplicate of "capacity", seriously?

I cannot believe that Which directory hierarchy will be the best/fastest? just got closed as "duplicate" of Can you help me with my capacity planning?. I hope the reason is not that the moderator has ...
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Answering - a race [closed]

Question: Answerers may be under time pressure to answer first, reducing the quality of initial answers. How can this be mitigated? While the primary objective of this site may be to provide a ...
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Need some clarification

I flagged the following item as being possibly not appropriate to ServerFault suggesting another possible group. I got the following reply for the question https://serverfault.com/questions/358965/...
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Can someone please create a new "LEMP" stack tag on ServerFault?

I hope I'm doing this right, I don't have enough reputation yet to create tags. It looks like the LAMP stack tag already exists, but the corresponding LEMP tag for Nginx (not Apache) server stacks ...
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Can I ask about installation of an operating system distribution over a server?

I did purchase a set of servers, that normally doesn't allow manual installation of an operating system. It comes with a CD and it only allows a specific operating system. Here can I ask about how ...
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Can serverfault.stackexchange.com be added?

It seems like all the newer SE sites are named topic.stackexchange.com. Just to keep everything orthogonal what about adding serverfault.stackexchange.com as well and point it to serverfault.com?
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Using VBS as a quick fix [closed]

I am not really sure if this is on-topic for the main site so I thought I would ask it here, but again, it may be slightly off-topic. The company I work for hosts a number of websites, these are all ...
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Why is my question on dd test closed?

Refer to this question, it is being closed as off-topic But I don't really know what makes it an off-topic question?
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New TMG tags backwards?

It's been standardized on something that doesn't intuitively make sense to me - two tags for the same product, vendor prefixing, and an unused acronym: threat-management-gateway -> ms-ftmg tmg-2010 -...
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HTTPS everywhere [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why can't I use https to access the stackexchange sites? I'd like to reopen the discussion about HTTPS. I'm aware it's been asked before, however I feel that it deserves ...
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Why is HopelessN00b stalking me?

Why is HopelessN00b stalking me and mass-closing my questions?
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Retaliation for my posts here on meta?

Out of the blue, one or more users downvotes a bunch of my old, dormant, threads. What is going on here? (note, the issue continues beyond the timeframe shown in the shot below)
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Rejected edit and the importance of being nice

https://serverfault.com/review/suggested-edits/52199 Why would this suggested edit be rejected? The original answer seems pretty unfriendly to me. "Being nice is important to us" - Joel Spolsky ...
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Is it reasonable/possible to further discourage down voting?

I'm new here, but it seems to me that there have been many more down votes on questions recently compared to when I first signed up. I've seen down votes on questions just because they are a little ...
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Units of measure - farenheit, celcius, kelvin?

In questions there may be discussion related to temperature. Some answers are using farenheit as the unit, others may use celcius. What (if any) is the convention for usage of these units?
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How to check deleted question [closed]

I had a question from my account deleted, was it by my or by a moderator?
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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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Rules regarding comments and edits and holds

Can somebody please direct me to a resource that explains when people are actually allowed to put a question on hold? Thanks. Trying to help another user. This user has edited their question multiple ...
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VirtualBox question

https://serverfault.com/questions/554486/backup-restore-oracle-virtualbox-vm?noredirect=1#comment641555_554486 It seems silly to post about it here but the moderator insisted that I do so, which he ...
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Email Question that might not fit on SF

I am trying to find a cost effective approach to delivering a small volume of business emails, that offers a high rate of inbox deliverability. This question borders on a product recommendation, so I ...
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Why lock a question because a poorly worded locked duplicate with no answers exist?

I have a question here https://serverfault.com/questions/670436/how-do-i-use-tls-https-using-dane-dnssec IMO it's incorrectly marked as a duplicate. One question explains the problem and the expected ...
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Merge request: fedora tags

Please merge the following tags into the fedora tag, as I don't see any real usage of having a different flag for nearly every single fedora version released: fedora8 fedora9 fedora13 fedora14 ...
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Guidelines for flagging answers

I already read When is an answer Not An Answer? and Moderation inconsistencies. It seems that bad answers are supposed to be just voted down, and indeed a few flags I have raised on bad answers have ...
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Is not mentioning business environment equal to off-topic?

SSH server accepts connection and immediately disconnects In this question, I'm wondering if the server is been attacked. I failed to mention if the server is for my company. The question is closed ...
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How to address a user who inappropriately edited an accepted answer

I'm not going to provide the example because I'm not here to start a flamewar over someone being an overly aggressive user. However, in the case that another user goes in and starts making edits to ...
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How to flag/close questions about old/irrelevant versions [duplicate]

I just came across an unanswered question from 2012, asking about an issue with the Archlinux boot process. It's now been several years and the Arch boot process changed a lot (switched to Systemd, ...
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Confused about some question migrations?

So this question started on ServerFault and got moved to SuperUser, https://superuser.com/questions/426308/tunneling-ftp-connection and this one is on ServerFault and doesn't yet show signs of ...
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Legitimate question about server setup, detailed my attempts, but told not professional way to do things

I have a question about my Server Fault post: OpenVPN how to route Internet traffic through a client My post was initially put on hold for lack of clear problem statement. I edited it so that the ...
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Is serverfault.com becoming slower? [closed]

I swear that for the past couple of weeks or so the speed of responses on serverfault.com has really degraded from what it used to be. Is it time to beef that site up a little?
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Should this question be migrated to here?

do you think that this question should be migrated to here from Unix&Linux? Thanks,
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Is it 'Minor Edit Week' or something?

I've noticed that this week we're getting a lot of tiny pointless edits to posts (https://serverfault.com/users/100013/jakegould, https://serverfault.com/users/294235/lnux?tab=activity) - how are they ...
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Merge mod-pagespeed and page-speed or change tooltip

There are different tags for mod-pagespeed and page-speed, but these seem largely the same tag. They should be synonymed. this is the tootip infos mod-pagespeed PageSpeed Module speeds up your ...
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What is server fault for?

Ok, I can't understand what I am supposed to post on that stackexchange site as everything I post gets downvoted, this for stackexchanges general policies too. On stackoverflow I know I can post ...
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Restrict some formatting options for posting answers

Following on from this question I propose that formatting which can be used to make an answer look grossly different to the general look of answers on SF. e.g. This kind of thing should not be allowed ...
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why my question got closed?

I asked a question yesterday and it got closed with 2 negative votes, I am not sure why it has been closed and how can I improve it, https://serverfault.com/questions/510940/what-should-my-ip-address-...
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Question-ban due to unmigrated questions

I have asked several questions on serverfault.com, which some users have decided belong better on superuser.com (although I don't think I agree and the demarcation is not clear anyway). Now, these ...
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Why would this question be off topic

Linux how to bridge network through router The question has been marked as off topic and sent me back to the superuser stackexchange site. The fact being the device I'm debugging is a kiosk ...
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On-topic automation/management tools vs off-topic product recommendations - where the border lies?

My recently asked question has been put on-hold minutes after being published. However not being new to ServerFault and quite a few other SE websites this surprised me. For me as asker the question is ...
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early-signs-of-a-bad-sysadmin question deleted?

While i am browsing this question today i got notified with error as seen in below picture i browsed this question from here is the question deleted?any other place to verify the cache of this ...
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How do I leave SF and have all of my questions and comments permanently deleted?

The title says it. I don't agree with the way this group is being moderated and questions allowed to be down-modded in direct violation with the FAQ. Therefore, I want nothing to do with it. Ever ...
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Why isn't SE, Inc. bothering to *explain* all the changes in close vote reasons?

I haven't kept track, but we've only had the new close vote reasons for - I dunno - about a month? And today they've changed again, completely changing off-topic reasons with no explanation, no ...
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The reason for closing my question about a VNC server problem is false

My question Remote mouse pointer not visible in VNC was just closed because it is allegedly not related to "professional server, networking, or related infrastructure administration". This is not true....
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Two of my questions randomly downvoted at the same time

On SF, two of my questions (selected randomly seemingly) were downvoted at the exact same time. Sounds like some kind of abuse - just out of luck, or does it need to be reported?
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Please unduplicate

I posted a question and it was marked as duplicate and before I could edit and explain why it's not, it was closed. I have edited it since. I would like to reopen it, because it's basically the ...
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Reopen this question?

This question was, I concede, initially poorly constructed. It got an immediate downvote and garnered the necessary votes to close/hold it. It has evolved and now I dare to differ that - how to ...
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Merge [tag:hacking] into [tag:security]

hacking isn't substantively different from security in context, and it should be made a synonym. Shall it be done?
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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 ...