How can I ask better questions on Server Fault?
This is a Canonical Question / FAQ Candidate to help our new users ask better questions, and hopefully get better answers. Similar questions: How do I get better answers? How can I get people to ...
What are the canonical answers we've discovered over the years?
We've created, appointed, or otherwise identified certain question/answer pairs that are the canonical answer for certain problems. These are answers where the community has said all it is going to ...
What IS a "professional capacity"?
This is part of a set of questions on how Server Fault defines "professional" system and network administration. For additional information, see: Why "professional capacity"? ...
Server Fault needs professional-quality questions, not just questions from professionals
In the nearly 4 years that I’ve participated on Server Fault, it’s been a community that I’ve been proud to be a part of, and I’ve been able to build my own skill set a lot and help people out at the ...
Why "professional capacity"?
This is part of a set of questions on how Server Fault defines "professional" system and network administration. For additional information, see: What IS a "professional capacity"?...
When is an answer Not An Answer?
This is intended to provide information for people who throw Not An Answer (NAA) flags and who might be surprised to see the canned decline reason "flags should not be used to indicate technical ...
Are cpanel questions really 'professional sysadmin' related?
Do any professional sysadmins really use cPanel, rather than provide cPanel? To me, cPanel is indicative of non-professional (i.e. voluntary, spare time, personal) web hosting use? Sure, I can see ...
Abrupt change in moderation staff?
Myself and a few others just noticed that HopelessN00b and Chris S are no longer listed as moderators. What is the story behind this?
What should Server Fault do with questions about web hosting control panels?
We've had this discussion before, but it's apparently time to revisit it. For some background, see: http://meta.serverfault.com/q/1075/126632 http://meta.serverfault.com/q/3425/126632 http://meta....
Perception of purpose
When using ServerFault, I approach it from the perspective of a professional resource. I use it to to provide solutions and see solutions provided to professionals. Specifically from the FAQ: ...
Is it time to kill problematic tags like cpanel, plesk, whm and webmin?
Given the recent uptick in new users with new questions, I've been noticing an even sharper-than-normal decline in quality on the site and a correlated increase in the number of questions about how to ...
Why the hostility?
The comment thread and reaction to the original poster of this question was completely out-of-line. https://serverfault.com/questions/494996/what-are-the-bare-essentials-to-make-ubuntu-production-...
What information should I include or obfuscate in my posts?
This is a Canonical Question about the privacy of Server Fault and the needed detail to get an answer from the community. Is there any information other than a password that would be considered a ...
The bad tag collection
Summary Ok, we have a lot of bad tags. I found at least half a dozen without trying over the weekend. Some of these tags have hundreds of questions in them, meaning that it will take a dev so that we ...
Sick of "unprofessional" questions
I'm seeing SO MANY questions like this: How to get my server viewable from the internet? From the FAQ: Server Fault is for system administrators and IT professionals, people who manage or maintain ...
How can I remove my ban on asking questions?
How can I remove my ban on asking questions? My asked questions are closed.
Some parting thoughts... and apologies for the drama
First off, I know I said and take the weekend, but it turns out I don't need it, and it does seem like a dick move to let things keep going on as they have, when there's no benefit from doing so. As ...
Where can I ask questions about web hosting control panels?
My question was closed as off-topic because it is "about a web hosting control panel". But I still need help. Where can I ask my question?
"Server Fault is for system administrators... in a professional capacity"
I'm interested in soliciting opinions on the meaning of the phrase from the FAQ in the question title. I've just returned from an extended hiatus from SF, and I'm finding that a lot of the things ...
How to deal with bad questions? VOTE!
tl;dr: Please vote more; both up and down. Why you should all (ok, almost all) vote more: Admittedly, when it comes to voting, I'm a bit like the porcupine in the Dilbert cartoon at the end of this ...
Our FAQ sucks (so let's fix it!)
OK folks, I have a serious case of FAQ envy. Because of This question I took a good long look at the DBA.SE FAQ for the first time since it came out of beta. Compared to what they've done the front ...
New close reasons - Proposals (July 2013)
As everyone should be aware by now, a new off-topic close dialog has been implemented network-wide. The new system offers us the opportunity to customize our off-topic close reasons, and This post is ...
What bad tags in need of burnination do we still have hanging around?
Similar to the old "bad tag collection" thread, I'm looking for suggestions/submissions of tags we still have hanging around on Server Fault, that we would be better off not having in ...
Is ServerFault doomed? Not if we all vote more!
To sum up a lot of the threads and comments on Meta.SF: We're doooomed! That seems to be the consensus. Look at some of the answers and comments in Why the major FAQ/help change? and Can we do ...
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 ...
Site design update is now live
Hello Server Fault community, I want to give you a heads up that I'll be making some minor design updates to SF site design to reflect recent changes on Stack Overflow and Super User. Visually it ...
Can we do anything to change the dynamic of the site?
This came up in relation to the upcoming mod election, e.g. Dennis' question here, and tombull89's and Iain's comments here, but I think the discussion of this shouldn't be limited to "what do the the ...
Voting on the FAQ rewrite, round 2
After a successful edit round, it is time to vote on the results. The text below is the edited text we've worked on for the past week. This will be open until UTC 0:00 Friday (3 days!) to gather ...
External site copying without attribution
Came across a site today which appears to be blatantly scraping SF content - and even has a similar name. The SF result was actually ranked below that of the external site. A search of mSO and mSF ...
What's wrong with ServerFault community?
I'm a decentely active stackexchange contributor. I do not have massive reputation, but I consistently try to ask good questions, provide good answers, and moderate to provide my modest contibution ...
Who chooses the questions for review audit? I failed a highly debatable one
This just happened to me: I tried to close it as off topic, as I personally don't believe this falls under system administration. For others it may be a grey area, but I think it belongs on either ...
FAQ Rewrite edit round 1
Since the FAQ as-written was not accepted, we get to have an edit round. The below is a grammar/spelling/punctuation checked version of the FAQ. The edit process: Proposed edits will be submitted ...
How can I get people to fully read my question?
I'm having trouble with getting people who review my questions to read the entire question before answering! I've noticed that my most difficult questions on ServerFault usually end up with answers ...
In what circumstances should VirtualBox questions be on topic?
Oracle VM VirtualBox is a virtualization solution which is (now) supposedly targeted at "enterprise as well as home users" according to its web site. In the past, we've been mostly hostile to ...
Can the Vmware tag be deleted ?
The plain vmware tag adds no value as we never get any questions about the company. When it is used it is usually used in error and in place of a product specific tag which would be more useful. This ...
When is a request for product recommendations not a request for product recommendations?
I have a vested interest in this issue, since I recently asked about https://serverfault.com/questions/576648/solutions-for-integrated-management-of-l2tp-ipsec-vpn-clients-and-802-1x-wired and it was ...
Virtualbox is losing the benefit of the doubt
We have one user who has started flagging anything with virtualbox and isn't clearly about server-stuff. To them, VirtualBox has lost the benefit of the doubt in the same way that anything with the ...
Networking - always an SF topic?
This fits along the lines of SF and SU having entirely different scopes, and decidedly NOT covering different complexity levels. If SU is about individual systems, and the troubleshooting of that ...
Are problems that turned out to be typos "Not a Real Question"?
I happened to see the three questions below in short succession, and they all struck me as being "non-questions" because the problems described were either due to a typo or a misinterpretation of what ...
Questions to ask the SE staff regarding the future of ServerFault
There is user concern regarding the direction ServerFault has been heading over the past year; in particular what some, myself included, see as a significant rise in inappropriate and bad questions ...
Should folks have to click through an interstitial page to ask questions on Server Fault?
A few weeks back, Jay and I had a nice conversation with voretaq7 and Chopper3 where we discussed and debated the various items raised by the community here in http://meta.serverfault.com/questions/...
How can we recruit and retain more talent?
Tangentially related to another meta post, the last discussion about this was a while back, so it may be time to revisit this topic. The #1 answer in the chat was money, so that and fried chicken ...
What to do with XAMPP/MAMP/WAMP questions
It's generally known that it's a horrible idea to use these one-click LAMP stack installers for anything but local development. That said, with surprising regularity, we seem to get questions from ...
Rewriting "minimal understanding"
This current close reason is confusing and potentially misleading. Questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Try including attempted solutions, why they didn't ...
How to find and clean up bad questions
We've got lots of existing meta posts about how many bad questions there are and how much of a problem they are (or aren't) - that's not what this question is about. I wanted to collect in one post ...
Cleanup duplicate tags: different by hyphenation and pluralization
Inspired by bad-tag-cleanup project by our awesome mod, here I suggest the idea to cleanup duplicate tags: Different by one or hyphen, for example port-forwarding vs portforwarding and mod-security ...
FAQ Rewrite - Round 3
The Words and links below have been incorporated into the FAQ The proposed FAQ has been officially rejected by the power that be. They had an interesting choice of words for the previous edit. The ...
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 ...
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/ ...
Getting a bit too snarky
Can people stop being quite so snarky when answering questions please? There has been a noticeable increase in answers that begin with snarky/preachy statements followed by an answer, as well as ...