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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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Why are you abiding by WPSE mods asking you to close my question?

Why is Gerald doing what WPSE mods asked him to do? Closing my question for no reason? What are some good Nginx rate limits for WordPress websites? Very tired of the petty power trips and egos that ...
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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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Problems with low-traffic Stack Exchange sites

There seems to be several issues with some Stack Exchange sites. There is very low traffic in the sites, and question I ask are often deterred. For one example, take a look at the https://math....
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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 ...
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Is there recourse for abusive moderation?

I asked this question about yum and Apache, which is a perfectly fine question for this site. A site moderator stepped in and issued comments that were not helpful to answering the question as asked. ...
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Why do some moderators consider a Raspberry Pi to be a toy? I have used it many times for business

I've made one post on this site, which was dismissed, and put on hold as a home/hobby/end user problem, and asked me to have it moved to the Raspberry Pi sibling site. Frankly, not wanting to dismiss ...
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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 ...
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What's wrong with my question?

Can anyone please kindly tell me what's wrong is my question? https://serverfault.com/questions/473739/ Why it's not a real question?
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There is a new navigation topbar on the SO

...and so it looks: Our good old black taskbar will probably go away. Earlier the significant changes on the SO were later applied to the smaller SE sites as well (remember as the user pages were ...
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Rescind rule on business IT?

This site has a rule about not covering home configurations or systems, limiting it to IT used in a business environment. I think it's time to rescind that rule, and allow more complex home lab ...
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Kill them with Darkwood Scythe: [dyndns], [dynamic-ip], and [dynamic-dns]

Before I go flag mad, let's discuss the topic of dynamic IP addresses. There are a lot of questions that deal with dynamic IP addresses. Most of them are in the context of home networks. Some appear ...
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why was the question on dev server setup moved to SU?

Coming from question: How do I get Windows XP Professional upgrade to boot directly without having to choose it at startup? Why doesn't this question belong to SF? It seems to fall into 2 ...
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Synonym IIS version with Windows version?

IIS is unique in the sense that the version that ships with an operating system is the only version available for that operating system. Windows 2000 Server got IIS 5, 2003 got IIS 6, 2008 got IIS 7 ...
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Site FAQ Update Suggestions

Below are a few thoughts that I've had relating to a few points in the FAQ that need to be cleaned up by the site administration to prevent confusion when people move between Stack Exchange sites (...
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Question deleted even after clarifying that it falls within scope of serverfault

I posted the following question: https://serverfault.com/questions/907784/some-systems-unable-to-connect-to-my-ntpsec-server Initially I did not indicate that the connection - while at my home - is a ...
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"bumped to the homepage by Community" generate mostly noise

Just as sample: such type of questions must be closed as offtopic (due to low-level quality) on 2012, and anyway not forced to homepage from trashcan and oblivion in 2017! I saw such (noisy) bumping ...
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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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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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