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When did UDP hole punching become off-topic on Server Fault?

Well, I was trying to solve a problem that I'm having with UDP hole punching, and my question was closed for being off topic: https://serverfault.com/questions/476877/how-to-bypass-nat-with-pwnat-for-...
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Why should questions about interactions between my server and bots off-topic?

I understand that this site has an established history of prejudice (🙃) towards questions about shared hostings or control panels. However, I still can't see how these questions (1, 2) not comply ...
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Follow-up: Using an old P4 as a web server

It's really stupid that questions like this get closed without further explanation. It's even more stupid when they are flagged as off-topic when it's talking about servers, LAMPs and the like. Isn't ...
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Feature Request: Question Approval Queue

Prompted by this answer, the poster mentioned an idea about quarantining questions. I commented on it, and wanted to expand on it by using this meta post to receive feedback and critique, and ...
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Reopen software related question

I would like to reopen https://serverfault.com/questions/381599/monitoring-work-users-and-their-network-habbits question as I believe it should be allowed to ask for specific scenario question. I ...
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Why is "What are the ports used by strongSwan?" Off-topic?

Im a long time StackOverflow user and I just asked the question "What ports do I need to forward in my router for strongSwan?" And was told it was off-topic for being SOHO (whatever that means?) And ...
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Off Topic Migration to Security Stackexchange

It is not often, but it can occur that a post belong to Security Stackexchange. What about adding it to the migration list ? It would fit the empty space ! Some examples this week: Why are some ...
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Question IS relevant to server fault! Please remove hold and down votes

I have a question about my Server Fault post: Is it possible to run a Minecraft server on AWS Lambda? This question is not about end-user or domestic environments. I have now updated the question to ...
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how to identify moderator or high repo user?

If any user get any down voted then how he can identify that his post down voted by moderator or high repo user? Is there any way to identify them? thanks
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Why was my ceph specific question marked as a duplicate of a generalized question by multiple users?

I honestly cant understand how and why, it made me very angry. How much RAM and CPU cores would you recommend when using ceph only as block storage for KVM? Those who marked it as a duplicate ...
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Is the response "Why do you even question this?" compatible with the new code of conduct?

I believe my recent question should not have been migrated to SuperUser. In the linked question, I tried to explain why I think that is the case. Among other condescending replies, I got this ...
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Questions that are flagged for issues relating to "Pricing"

So, I asked a question now deleted, that included the Title "Pay as You Go Server". In hindsight, the wording was poor, and the question has been deleted. My intent for the question was 'How is it ...
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Does server fault have an app like stack over flow?

It would come in handy for server administrators like me who ask and answer questions. Thanks.
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Why do sysadmins reinvent the wheel all the time? [closed]

I just have an active question about building a chroot-environment. The main-question is, if there is an existing script... Now it looks like some sysadmins already tried things but got stuck ...
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Can some explain to me how asking a question about learning on a site dedicated to learning is off topic?

Am i wrong about SF being dedicated to learning? Post in question: https://serverfault.com/questions/820671/how-to-learn-networking-without-access-to-hardware I posted this on SF about 30 minutes ...
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Getting downvotes on personal ground

I've got yet another downvote on my this, ancient, closed question. This question is around a half year old, closed, and has an extremely low view number. I think I can suspect, the real reason to ...
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Is this the correct attitude for a Server Fault moderator?

Ok... let me explain the case: I recently got the review upgrade in Stackoverflow and start reviewing some questions. I'm not experienced in this and obviously everyone does mistakes initialy, so I ...
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You need at least 10 reputation to post images

Seeing this (on Server Fault) had me asking a lot of questions: Why am I being told this halfway through writing my post instead of, say, when clicking the image button? Didn't I used to have plenty ...
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Why do people down-vote questions without telling you why?

I've been trying to ask a question on here and the question keeps on getting a ton of downvotes, but nobody bothers to tell me what's wrong with the question. Nor does it get any votes to close. Why?
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Should "on topic" be narrowed down on SF? [closed]

I have one big problem with SF: There is so much traffic (i.e. new questions per day) that I need to spend much time to search for "interesting" ones or ones that I can answer. I think I might answer ...
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Where do questions regarding labs for enterprise equipment & software belong if not SF?

So this is in regards to https://serverfault.com/questions/733438/nested-esxi-vlan-trunking-not-working, which was closed because it was considered off topic. I had a chance to discuss this with EEAA, ...
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The highest rated question on this SE is a rant/opinion about an idiot; what does that tell me about asking good questions here? [closed]

The highest voted question on this SE is effectively a rant about a security auditor: Our security auditor is an idiot. How do I give him the information he wants? While I do find the Q&A ...
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Reopen question http://serverfault.com/questions/515033/reinstalling-a-downgraded-windows-xp

The moderators have closed the question as duplicate. But the link which they have cited does not address the questions which I have asked. Moreover, the 2 responses to my question which the ...
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Is "don't personally know the answer to this question" a reason to close? How to stop it?

I ask a "practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face" and it just gets closed -- and it's been tagged a "discussion" question. Well, it's a discussion question if you don't ...
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Legal issues upon capturing digital proof upon hosting services scam

Is ServerFault the wrong place to ask for advice of ... how should someone register/capture digital scam proof to be legally sustainable and enough for building a case with a Consumer Protection ...
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Sudo issue was closed - reason?

I asked this question, and it was closed and deleted. I ask myself: Who hates progress, improvements and changes? https://serverfault.com/questions/846453/alterantive-to-sudo-which-allows-regular-...
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Excessive moderation? Closing questions as: "Ask vendor"

Here's what I'm talking about: https://serverfault.com/questions/676085/google-and-amazon-equivalent-of-azure-cloud-services One of the comments I got was that I should 'ask vendor'. Isn't this true ...
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Question migration

If, hypothetically speaking, I will ask a question on a SF "I plan to set up an Oracle Exadata installation at my home, [...]" - will it be forcefully migrated to the SU ?
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Do readers of the password-management tag want a new community?

Over in area51 a debate is going on about this: https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/21958/why-a-proposal-for-identity-access-management-makes-sense If you read the password-management ...
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Question migrated to superuser and then deleted

Why was the question https://serverfault.com/questions/354781/how-to-access-setup-of-this-router?noredirect=1 migrated to super user? I mean, doesn’t network equipment belong here? EDIT: The question ...
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Can useful, on-topic questions become off-topic through new information? [closed]

If a person A asks a question which they understand to be on-topic, then later on some person B finds out that the question would have been off-topic if the asker A had prior knowledge that B now has, ...
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Need to revisit rules regarding hosted servers

(extensively edited) This post (https://serverfault.com/questions/807412/backups-running-out-of-disk-space-possible-to-mount-a-network-drive) was flagged as off-topic due to Questions involving ...
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tired of having questions closed -- please refine your FAQ

Is it not reasonable to assume that if there's a TAG here, a question relating to the subject of that TAG is "on topic"?
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Why close questions?

Why do people close questions here when they are not fully answered? Why is it not a real question to ask why a server stops running after one day and to ask for the reason? Why is it not possible to ...
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Why is this IP question off topic? [closed]

This question is about IPv9, asking specifically if there is a history for the famous April Fool's joke and the Chinese adoption story. It was closed as off topic in a surprisingly short time by a ...
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I was asked to discuss my question in meta

What secure and good options are there for hosting own private mail server? Somehow the questions asked are not related to the topic of the forum which is for questions about: managing the hardware ...
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Overzealous Moderation - Thread wrongly put on hold

https://serverfault.com/questions/820124/how-can-i-get-access-to-a-new-version-of-mysqldump-on-a-server-that-is-out-of-da My question appears to me to be: Concerning information technology systems ...
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Why is there just one person allowed to close off a question?

I asked a reasonable question here - How to allocate memory properly on a windows server running XAMPP? What does this close reason mean and how do things get closed with one vote?
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Can anything be done about mods robo-rejecting edits that are objective improvements?

I donated about an hour or two of my time improving questions (and a few answers) here. I removed words from titles that aren't allowed. I fixed spelling problems in titles. I removed extraneous ...
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Negative vote & comments

I noticed that it became common to see newcomer posts with negative votes, and no comments to explain it. Sometimes i even wonder why some good questions get downvoted without reason. Is there a ...
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When an IT administrator needs help handling an issue with one of the user accounts she manages, can she ask a question here?

Imagine a world in which J, an IT administrator, manages the computing cluster for a handful of labs at a major research university in the United States. Now imagine that a scientist in one of these ...
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Downvote + on hold for my questions

I have posted https://serverfault.com/questions/823389/how-to-route-traffic-between-my-nics-on-linux-which-connected-to-proxy-server?noredirect=1#comment1049296_823389 and got marked as "on hold" ...
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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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Please add feature to make a question visible at more than one site

Crossposting is frowned upon since the old news:// times. However, between StackOverflow, SuperUser, and Serverfault there are some grey zones as this answer nicely highlights. Of course, I have a ...
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OK, so I just edited my on-hold question

I wrote this question 24 hours ago and amazingly, no less than FIVE of the mods put it "on hold." Apparently I wasn't specific enough in pointing out that this was a BUSINESS QUESTION. I ...
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Systematic downvotes?

I recently had a bad thread which has now been deleted (by me). Since then, I'm getting a pattern of down-votes on really old threads, some of which are greater than 3+ months. I believe this is ...
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Bad rejection: Moderators should probably err on the side of inclusion, not on the side of rejection

A few days ago, I came across a question on serverfault with an answer I thought good, but could be improved. And indeed, the software asked me to improve the question. So I did. I clarified and gave ...
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Benefit of closing this question?

I know, my question is a bit vague. Compare two /etc/ directories I want to compare the difference of the configuration of two linux operating systems. I understand that you want serverFault to be ...
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But What About Otto? Can we hate that yet?

Since SF likes to play whack-a-mole with products that it doesn't like, let's get the decision to hate Otto out of the way early. Otto, if you hadn't heard, is the successor to Vagrant. I think this ...
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Proposed Question: What RFCs should a IT Professional know by number?

I plan on asking a question that goes something like: if you're an IT Pro what RFC numbers should you have memorized? Example In the SMTP/Sendmail community it is common to say RFC 821, or 2821 ...