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Change style of Links

There's already a question for this, I tried to "bump" it with a comment, but it didn't show up on the Active Page. Can we setup a different style for links on the Server Fault page to make the link ...
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SF needs its own "Shopping" link

While the original idea: Modifying the faq, shopping edition was a great one and duly implemented...I think that the existing link to http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/11/qa-is-hard-lets-go-shopping/ ...
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Vote: Do we want code highlighting?

Currently, code highlighting is turned off (see balpha's comment here). It is possible to turn it on, if we want so. I think this would be nice to have, maybe on a per-tag basis, but turning it on is ...
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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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Color scheme in questions lists needs some help

The color contrast here (MetaSF /questions) is a bit difficult. Fine on the home page, but white and yellow against light gray isn't enough of a contrast. Talking about the vote / answer boxes. ...
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Please don’t make Careers programmers only in practice! [duplicate]

Careers will soon be merged into Stack Overflow. Only two sites are concerned by this change, because there’s currently only two kind of jobs on Careers, developers and system administrators. ...
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Can we increase the number of close-votes per day?

Recenly, in Chat it was suggested by an SF moderator: One side issue is, given the volume we're seeing now, I don't think users have enough daily close votes. The response by an SE employee was: ...
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We should bring back the "question must show a minimal understanding" close reason

As per this discussion, the old "questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved" close reason has been replaced. However, questions such as this one (*) (and ...
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Request to add visual difference between blockquotes and code blocks

It has always irked my inner aesthetic nazi that code blocks are indistinguishable* from blockquotes at first glance. See my recent answer for an example. I'm picturing something like this: *Yes, I ...
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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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links in Serverfault not readily visible [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Change style of Links Please consider either changing the color of links in serverfault slightly to contrast more with regular text, or make the links underlined. It is nearly ...
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How many "bad" questions come from unregistered users versus registered users?

To quote from mSO, since my request is pretty much identical: I would like to have statistics for the quality of posts coming from unregistered versus registered accounts on my site. It is ...
Michael Hampton's user avatar
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Follow thread of conversation in which you are not participating

I receive emails from serverfault with the open questions which I occasionally open and try to answer. Sometimes there is a question to which I don't have an answer, but I'd like to follow the ...
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Should we introduce a close reason for old, unanswered and unlike-to-be-answered questions?

Inspired by this question randomly popping up on the front page, although it hasn't been edited and no new answers of comments have been posted for more than three years. I guess this is due to some ...
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How do I search my comments in SF?

I am searching (with google) questions with answers in SF in both of which I have commented. There are no results even though I remember some exact keywords and phrases (for example, "keep going", "...
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How to handle situations where a user needs professional support and you are willing to provide it?

This has happened to me several times already, and I think I'm not the only one. A (possibly new) user comes by with a question which clearly shows he is way out of his depth and he needs ...
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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 ...
Michael Hampton's user avatar
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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 ...
Michael Hampton's user avatar
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Integrate cloudshark's service

I very much like what Cloudshark is doing with PCAP traces and would like to see more integration into the main site similar to how images are handled but with the ability to scroll through the ...
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Random sort for Unanswered questions

Serverfault currently has one of the worst Question to Accepted Answer ratio. I frequently want to go try spend some time answering old questions. I am making this feature request here, specifically ...
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Accepted status-answered boxes are not clearly visible

Here is how to looks on my serverfault profile (/users/%/%?tab=questions&sort=newest): The problem is, that answered questions are not clearly visible between those which are accepted and which ...
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I think it's time to update the "We are Offline" BSOD

The current "We are offline" screen on Server Fault when it is down is: with it's lovely 1996 DateStmp's. I think it's time to update the Windows BSOD on the page to something more appropriate for ...
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VirtualBox tag warning

One Stack Exchange feature which is significantly underutilized here at SF is tag warnings. These pop up when a user enters a tag into their question and can provide guidance on how to use the tag or ...
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Ways to improve the quality of questions concerning some tags (tag-triggered suggestions?)

I'm quite new here, but I often find myself desiring there was a way to suggest people asking questions to include information probably relevant because of the tags they've used - something like "...
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Should the "Ask Question" process warn that we require a professional context?

Recently, there was a popular Meta question concerning changing the site subtitle to prevent inbound migrations of off-topic questions. The old site subtitle was: Q&A for system administrators ...
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Why are the job ads on serverfault all for developers?

ServerFault is frequented by system administrators. careers.serverfault.com exists, and has job adverts for system administrators and the like. Yet, all the job ads on the right hand side of ...
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I am being spammed

One of my answers has become the target for a spam bot. Twice today, once yesterday and several more times in the recent past an Anonymous user has suggested an edit which is basically a set of spam ...
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Obfuscating domain names

I have noticed several questions about DNS or hosting that would benefit from the asker including the affected domain name. At the same time, I saw one comment that people might not want an SF ...
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Automatically ask for certain information on Apache vhost questions

Pretty much every time someone asks a question regarding Apache virtual hosts, the very first thing someone asks is "Can you post the output of apache2ctl -S/httpd -S?" It would be awesome if SF ...
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Syntax highlighting based on tag

Right now the code blocks on SF don't support syntax highlighting. Instead we get boring, grey, hard to read code. I spent some time today on the Unix & Linux SE, which does offer syntax ...
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Could Appropriate Tags Cross-Post to Relevant SE Communities?

Since the recent addition of new communities for Unix and Ubuntu within the StackExchange (particularly ServerFault), I propose that tags posted to SF with relevant tags ("Ubuntu", "Solaris", "Unix", ...
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Reduce bump activity of the Community Bot

Regularly half or more of the questions on the ServerFault front-page seem to be there only because they were bumped by the Community bot. It's self claimed configuration is among others: Randomly ...
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Can we have a "Migrate to WordPress StackExchange" option?

This question got me to thinking about the need. This search shows a non trivial amount of chatter about WordPress. A very rough estimate of questions that are specific to WordPress and not just ...
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Expand migrate-options

Lately we've been having a lot of questions that would be better suited over at AskDifferent or Unix & Linux. However, there is no option to migrate them there in the off-topic section, so we just ...
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Some kind of 'edit locking'

On more than one occasion, I've started editing a post, only to be told, on save, that someone else has beaten me to it. Would it be possible to add a feature where editing a post starts a mutex-...
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Should we have a "general reference" close reason?

I've been noticing an influx of questions lately which not only show a total lack of research, but are completely and thoroughly answered in the product documentation. Such questions almost always ...
Michael Hampton's user avatar
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Answering your own question: officially encouraged and unofficially despised?

On every question page, including this one I'm writing on now, there is a relatively conspicuous link underneath the Post Your Question button, and it says Answer your own question - share your ...
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Proposed changes to some help pages

In response to voretaq7's comment on an answer elsewhere, I'm here proposing some adjustments to the help and other text. I was looking for the following material, and managed not to find it, though ...
Norman Gray's user avatar
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Prevent editing a closed question from it being bumped to front page.

Visting ServerFault this morning there were a large number of old questions (posted 2009) that have been edited and therefore bumped to the front page. While I find this highly irritaing as it is, two ...
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Is the highlight for interesting questions in SF too light?

Is the highlight for interesting questions in SF too light? I think it is. I barely noticed that I already have interesting tags until I shifted my view from my monitor. Increasing the contrast of ...
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Can the links to useful chat rooms be made permanent?

As of now (11pm Pacific Time), a temporary/test/silly/whatever-it-is chat room called "Room for coredump and Jacob" has taken over from "Vote to Close" on the right sidebar. Ok, since "useful" ...
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how to order my posts by time?

How can I see the list of my posts ordered by time? ---------Update1: Under posts, I did mean all posts including comments and updates (I usyally update/edit my posts multiple times). ---- ...
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Add webmasters and networkengineering to our "on-topic" help page

From https://serverfault.com/help/on-topic: We also have sister sites that cover specific topics in more detail: Stack Overflow for Programming Super User for general Networking, Hardware, and ...
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Quotas on downvoting

I think there should be a quota or similar system on downvoting. Numerous times my posts or questions have been downvoted, without a comment on how to make it better. My suggestion is that after X ...
Natalie Adams's user avatar
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Possible to search sister SE sites before posting a question?

I've got a couple of feature requests: When entering a question, search for similar questions or similar tags on SE sister sites. Allow a community upvote and downvote of the a moderator's question ...
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request to prohibit anonymous and without-reason-explanation downvoting

More than half of my posts has downvoting without any comments. I believe that downvoting without explaining the reasons, as well as anonymous downvoting, should be prohibited. What is the sense of ...
Gennady Vanin Геннадий Ванин's user avatar
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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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