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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 ...
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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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Should licencing questions really be closed even when it is massive vendor with standard practices worldwide? [duplicate]

Correct licensing if users have multiple AD accounts Take this question for example, nothing to do with legal technicalities but a basic premise of whether microsoft count admin users twice. (Which ...
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Moderation Overkill on serverfault

In my office, full of engineers and sysops, we figure that stackexchange has already died. Here is example of the day (far from the only one): https://serverfault.com/questions/542572/jemalloc-error-...
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Why is this question on "determing number of domains under a registrar" OffTopic for Serverfault?

https://serverfault.com/questions/732948/number-of-domains-under-a-registrar-how-do-you-determine-this I am getting more than a little irritated by the Hold on a perfectly reasonable questions that ...
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Proposed new language for FAQ

At the request of Stack Exchange staff --who like the changes I have proposed-- I am posting this here for discussion. The SF FAQ, in my opinion, is seriously flawed and really needs updating. Like ...
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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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what do you do when a serverfault moderator posts negative, ad hominem comments on your question?

Also, in an attempt to redirect the attention and purpose of the question back to the question itself, I replied to the detracting comments by bringing up my original dilemma again, but then this ...
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Suggestion: helping amateurs to get their way to SU / unix SE

As we can see for example here, a considerable part of the non-professional, or non-sysadmins are coming here only because they don't know, where is the exact place of their questions. They don't have ...
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I was in the midst of answering a question when my answer was deleted. Why?

I was working on this answer. The only sin I can imagine that I was committing was saving too frequently the work in progress in case I am dragged away from my desk by a more serious fire that needs ...
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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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Does irrationality have to be contagious?

So, to summarize the story, there was a perfectly clear question about a feature in demand https://serverfault.com/questions/647891/make-fail2ban-use-public-blacklists looking for a method to block ...
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Why must it always be this way? [duplicate]

You don't like the question, or you think no answer exists, so you slam some ridiculous cut and paste text that doesn't even remotely apply, and you put the question on hold. Go to any meta page for ...
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Why is my question getting downvoted?

I recently asked this question about SpamAssassin and its sa-learn utility. I thought it was a very well written, but yet it has a negative vote. In fact, It's been downvoted multiple times. How do I ...
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question downvoting

I'm kinda new to stackexchange, but I'm constantly seeing people downvoting questions. More than a half questions are downvoted right from the start. I personally think that asking a question requires ...
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I do not understand what going on recently in site

I do not understand what going on recently in site. I suppose that site is to help people. I do not understand why people close questions. If you will continue to close questions people will go to ...
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Recent changes of site moderation behavior

I experienced multiple changes on the sites behavior. I am suspecting the changes to the last moderator election, but I don't think there must exist also a causal link. The changes: There is much ...
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editing other user's posts for completely trivial reasons

I'm relatively new to serverfault/stackexchange, though not to systems administration. I've posted only a few answers here so far. In the last day, two of my posts were edited by other users. I get it,...
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Why does EEEA get to do what ever he wants and close questions because he wants proof of troubleshooting? [closed]

The title says it all. Why does this site allow EEEA to close comments until he receives proof like he is a judge.
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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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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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What to do with moderators who act based on personal tastes? [closed]

Question EEAA believed that it was off topic. Actually it's pretty pertinent to serverfault, and you can learn as a sysadmin, how to avoid users to circumvent your protection. One can both learn and ...
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My ideas and suggestions to the well-going massive content destruction

For example, you could continue this by closing/deleting of every hardware question, saying that a professional system administrator doesn't make his hands dirty with dusty server parts. Then, you ...
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Arguing with a moderator always turns out the same way: your question is closed

I've had this happen many, many times, but just recently I asked quite a rudimentary question on ServerFault and someone who turned out to be a moderator answered me. His answer confused me and I ...
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