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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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Should ServerFault loosen its tie and start allowing "Shopping" questions?

BEFORE YOU ANSWER OR VOTE, I know it's long, but if you read the whole thing, you'll see where I'm coming from on this. It's not just a "let us having shopping questions!" post. With the highly ...
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Edit without bumping

I frequently come across old questions/answers with small errors/mistakes (Spelling, formatting, moved link etc.) but I'm always hesitant since they get bumped to the front page for no real reason ...
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Bad kerning in Firefox on ServerFault Blog

I was reading the serverfault.com blog today using Firefox - normally I just consume the RSS and read it from my reader. I was shocked at how bad FF was as at kerning the h3 headers. In Chrome and IE9 ...
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Why doesn't ServerFault do a better job of finding interesting questions?

I've always wondered why Server Fault (and I guess all SE sites) don't do a better job of showing questions that are interesting to me. The site already knows a lot about me like: Tags I find ...
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New flag reason for "Pointless Answer" for "Me too" type answers

I'm referring to a rather specific class of "answers" that people post, but it is happening frequently enough now that it's generating a lot of crap "answers" and is starting to annoy me somewhat. ...
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question list color coding on serverfault is hard to read

On each site in the question lists, the second column from the left gives a visual cue whether the question has been answered (besides the numeric information). For example, on Stack Overflow, red ...
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Prevent ambiguous tags

I've just spent a few hours re-tagging a few hundred questions on serverfault. Mostly this was to remove 20XX tags, and as they can be ambiguous (eg SQL 2008 vs Windows 2008, etc.) there's no easy ...
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tag merge: utf-8 and utf8

Suggest we merge utf8 into the correct tag utf-8, and make former a synonym of utf-8. Maybe there's a more general fix you could make in the StackExchange code - when creating a new tag, save the ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Moving questions

Is there a set of guidelines about where questions get migrated to and when and why? I recently noticed a question that got moved (228792) to a stackexchange site. My thoughts were: Seriously? - we ...
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New review option: approve trivial edit?

I've noticed a lot of trivial edits of old posts - correcting grammar, fixing a missing dot in an obvious IP address (127.0.01 -> 127.0.0.1 was a recent one), that kind of thing. Sometimes I reject ...
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Should you really be asked to particpate in the moderator election when you don't have sufficent reputation to vote

I saw the "Please participate in the Server Fault 2012 community moderator election" notice and decided to take a look. After spending 10 minutes reading through the various candidates I then tried ...
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Why is the close vote quota so low?

We have, as everyone I am sure agrees, a great surplus of questions which beg closure. Perhaps the criteria becoming more well-defined is the cause of this. Or, perhaps it is that our influx of off-...
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adding ipset tag

I have a question about my Server Fault post: replacing a runtime instance of ipset I'd like to add ipset tag to my question. There are actually quite a few questions on serverfault that cover ipset, ...
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Questions with accepted answers should stand out more

Questions with accepted answers are less emphasized than those without. Is this intentional, and if so is there a reason for this? SO has a green background so perhaps I'm just biased by that, but it ...
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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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Serverfault orientated podcast

The Stack overflow podcast has always been very tightly focussed on the SO community and programming related conversation. Obviously this is inevitable when the two presenters are both programmers, ...
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Can ServerFault/StackExchange automatically "title" Microsoft Knowlege Base links?

I'd ask for it for other vendors, but I'm not sure how others handle their KB article source HTML, etc. and I'm not an HTML person regardless. Here's what I'm looking for... I know that when I paste ...
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SF's migration text does not reflect our current topic matter

Currently, when we migrate a question to another site, this is the text footer that gets attached to the question: migrated from serverfault.com 13 mins ago This question came from our site ...
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Downvoting allowed in the review queue - can it be allowed on ServerFault

I read this: Why is voting removed from new review system? and saw Shog's answer. I also read this: More effective closing / downvoting of junk questions to help with the signal-noise ratio? ...
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How do you "take back" a close vote?

I have made mistakes in my close vote and have at times wanted to reverse my vote at a later time. I have not found a way to do this? Is this currently possible? If not, could there be logic ...
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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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Transfer bounty points

I believe If I could transfer points specifically to use for bounties (only for bounties) from sisters sites (like stackoverflow) to other sites, just for the sake of opening bounties, I would have ...
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Can we get better email notifications?

When someone answers a question, serverfault emails me. When someone comments on my question, which can very likely contain relevant context to the question, I'd also like an email. Can you make it so ...
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rss feed for serverfault blog full post like SO

Using the same image from my other question about the serverfault blog Can the rss feed have the full post, the same as the stackoverflow blog rss?
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Anti-spam mod feature request

Could a dev please think about creating a mod page that shows a list of top users who have 'http' in their answers please. I think this would help us find those who just link to their own pages and ...
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Open ended homework questions

I have noticed an increased number of questions that seem to be verbatim copies of essay questions from fairly basic networking courses. The most recent was a request fora discussion of the ...
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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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Reward Bounty among 2 Users

I have this question on ServerFault: Weird Apache Access Logs I think both the answers have helped me equally. And i would like to divide the bounty equally amongst them. I don't think there would ...
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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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Nuke accounts or ban addresses that edit my honeypot answer

I've previously written about being edit spammed by a link spammer. A kind-hearted mod ;) took pity on me and locked the question. The lock has expired and now I'm being spammed again. Please nuke ...
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Please reinstate "must know what you are talking about" close reason

As already discussed here, I think there is a serious problem with people asking questions which are utterly and totally unanswerable because they don't have a clue about what they are doing. Those ...
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I'd like a settings option or StackApp that allows me to filter what I see on the site

I discussed this in The Comms Room but will throw it here for discussion. My proposal is something similar to what eBay does with their "allow bids only if rep higher than X and not international", ...
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Should NetworkEngineering be added to the migration close reason?

While I get there are already plenty to choose from, I'm curious what the percentage of each of those migration options actually occur in a month or year (but have no idea how to compose such a data ...
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Tag synonym [deploy] -> [deployment]

I would like to propose marking deploy as a synonym for deployment. Here's my rationale: the word deploy is the verb form of deployment and the two appear to be used similarly and interchangeably in ...
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Merge Tags: redirect and redirects

I think these 2 should be merged 'redirect' and 'redirects' They are both on, hmm, redirects Maybe a synonym is in place.
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Highlighting inside code blocks?

I often find myself wanting to draw attention to a particular part of the contents of a code block. The italic and bold formatting is interpreted literally, so those don't work: _italic_ *bold* I ...
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Link back to user's parent-site profile in Meta

Since there's no "accounts" tab on SE 2.0 Meta pages, there's no link to the user's parent-site profile on the user's Meta profile page. Please add a link somewhere so I don't develop callouses ...
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Post the Area51 announcement on the SF blog

Now that Area51 has been announced on the SO blog, could you also post it on the SF blog. In the case that people are following the SF blog and not the SO blog and understanding that that might be a ...
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Indication that someone else is editing

Is there a way to see whether someone else has started editing a post? There are times that I'd like to fix a post, but don't want to duplicate someone else's effort or overwrite any edits they made, ...
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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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certificate and certificates tag merge request

Can someone please merge the tag certificates to the tag certificate? There is likely many more tags that differ merely by plurality indication.
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Why do the links to chat rooms show up randomly?

I'm not sure when it happened, but at some point the links on the sidebar to The Comms Room and Vote to Close went away. I wondered about their disappearance, but didn't bother to post a question ...
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Is there anything site-specific that can be done about excessive caching?

I just updated a bug report on meta.SE about excessive caching: Caching should not show me yesterday's info! I would like to know how many votes I've cast, but I'm still seeing yesterday's vote ...
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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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Nominate Questions or Answers to the "Hall of Fame".

Something like Useful Command-line Commands on Windows or the infamous EA answer on subnetting I'm thinking a story or answer with enough nominations could be added to the hall-of-fame. Perhaps the ...
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