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Is it okay to tell users to RTFM?

A large bulk of users with 1 rep ask remedial vague and constantly reoccurring questions, many are not down voted and some are answered. aren't we enablers for laziness? it seems to be acceptable ...
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Splitting questions into difficulty categories

Im not sure if this is possible because it seems like a difficult implementation. However its worth mentioning. This site is meant for systems and networking professionals, which means if we are at ...
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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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Any reason not to display my full name in profile?

I'm relatively new to Stack so I was just wondering if there are reasons why you wouldn't want to display your real name. Thank you.
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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 ...
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Commenting on down votes?

It seems like we have a lot of new folks on the main site now, and every once in awhile I like to answer the "why did I get a downvote???" or "you hurt my feelings" or "you are elitists" type comments,...
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Can we be more polite?

Hello Server Fault people! I really appreciate this help page entitled Be nice. https://serverfault.com/help/be-nice I am frequently concerned with manners. The manners of others and my own. I ...
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Another "why is this off-topic?" AWITOT? :-p

I didn't really want to post a question on meta, but it appears that I have to in this case. A simple explanation in the comments would have sufficed but, after being on ServerFault for a long while, ...
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Is it 'Minor Edit Week' or something?

I've noticed that this week we're getting a lot of tiny pointless edits to posts (https://serverfault.com/users/100013/jakegould, https://serverfault.com/users/294235/lnux?tab=activity) - how are they ...
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How to ask correctly here on serverfault?

Please read the full question before downvoting. I am a very happy stackoverflow user, i also use quite a few other stackexchange sites with a very good feeling. On no other stackexchange site i ...
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As a reviewer, when should I upvote first posts?

I've recently gained the ability to review first posts and I'm curious about what posts genuinely deserve an upvote. The handy help box suggests the following: No Action Needed when this post needs ...
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What is the etiquette here regarding duplicate posts?

I am having a problem with Powershell, so I came here as a resource to find an answer. I discovered an existing post that is very similar to my own problem here: WinRM will NOT work, error code ...
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Is it usefull to have both tags 'datastax' and 'datastax-enterprise'?

On questions related to tag cassandra, people tag often datastax and datastax-enterprise (example). I wondered if there a real difference between those two tags, and if one of them should be dropped.
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How to / should I flag exact copy answers

I've had this come up a few times, and found some older answers to similar questions on meta. However I believe that the answer heavily depends on the current moderator staff, as they are the ones ...
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July 29, 2016 – 17th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day

Yes. This is not a question. I know. This will be closed, and I'm fine with this. But I think all the sysadmin people out there deserve this, so this is just a short reminder ... and I hope this doesn'...
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What is the best/better place for asking questions about GKE/Kubernetes

I have recently posted a few questions on GKE/Kubernetes deployment issues to ServerFault and StackOverflow. A first one has been downvoted and voted-to-close, presumably because it was not strictly ...
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Questions about network protocols

Are questions about (application level) network protocols ok here?
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Do we consider Bitnami to fall under the cPanel close reason?

It's not exactly a cPanel-style system, but it shares the same characteristics - weird, specific, one-click configurations that are pervasive and difficult to debug and tweak. Is it legitimate to ...
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1 answer
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Why has my question been deleted?

I asked a question about NFSv4 and FreeBSD and it got deleted? Why?
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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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Duplicates with open bounties

I'm curious - should anything be done on questions about questions with active bounties that are duplicates? I'm thinking specifically of Optimal value for Nginx worker_connections as a dupe of our ...
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crossposting: How to deal with question asked twice on other stack exchange sites?

I have noticed a user asking the exact same question both on serverfault and stackoverflow. I'm referring to this question: stackoverflow: importerror-no-module-named-xhaus-python-module-importing-...
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Two essentially the same answer: one old and one newer (plagiarism)?

I think it's not appropriate that someone just copies someone else's answer. Or even post an answer to a question that is essentially the same as others. Imagine someone asking: How to do X? And the ...
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Posting warnings about bugs

If I know about a critical bug in recently (some hours/days ago) released software, is it appropriate to post a warning in ServerFault (with details what was affected in my case etc.)? P.S. Software ...
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SharePoint vs Serverfault, should my question be moved?

After having posted this question and awarded a Bounty on it to no avail i notice there is a dedicated "SharePoint" stack exchange. Sharepoint Online auto acceleration not working Is the SharePoint ...
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Is enmimaquinafunciona.com allowed to provide ServerFault questions in Spanish? [duplicate]

I just spotted the site http://www.enmimaquinafunciona.com/ and it seems to contain only translations of posts from Server Fault and other SE communities like Ask Ubuntu to Spanish. Are they allowed ...
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Why was this question about svchost HDD thrashing closed?

I asked this question: Who is reading my hard drive? (svchost) Can you please clarify why it is off-topic? I could make a case that a professional could have an issue with svchost doing unneeded and ...
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Is it ok to post a question on both StackExchange and another software specific forum at the same time?

I have a question about my Server Fault post: How do you configure Confidant to use the Access Key Id/Secret Access Key for its IAM user? I've seen a couple users post a question and leave a note, ...
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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 ...
7 votes
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Duplicate tag [service] and [services]

I wanted to report a tag that seems a duplicate; service with 276 questions tagged, and services with 433 question tagged. I think that is similar to this meta question Q: Duplicate tag windows-...
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1 answer
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Does this question fit ServerFault more than SuperUser?

I just asked a question about Windows shell scripting in SuperUser, but I suddenly realised it may suits ServerFault better. Is this the case? How can I move it over? close/delete and re-post?
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1 answer
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How did I get three Marshal badges?

Today when I logged on Server Fault there were two messages for me, both with the exact same wording: You've earned the "Marshal" badge (Raise 500 helpful flags). And I noticed that the count of ...
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Why serverfault about us leads to stackoverflow about us?

When I open about us item in help menu in serverfault, it leads me to https://stackoverflow.com/company/about Is this a mistake or something? Edit. Same thing about business item. http://business....
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What is this [blocking] tag?

The blocking tag has 113 questions, covering Firewall blocking (probably redundant with ip-blocking) Undeliverable e-mail blocking IO resource limits There is no tag wiki at all. What should be ...
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Moderator deleted my comment on his answer and wrongfully accused me of insult

I've left a comment on an answer asking the answers's author to follow serverfault's guidelines, namely "quote the most relevant part of an important link". I'm sure it had no epithets or insults and ...
2 votes
1 answer
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Active question from a user, but without activity?

Someone know if it's a bug, I seen that; But When I click to see the change, I see nothing, like show there; If it was a revoked edit, why it still show as active in my list ? Question link; ...
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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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Editing content on 4 year-old questions isn't always necessary

I mean, sometimes content is intentional. Look at the revision history on this: Centos 6.3 install reiserFS support The question was from 2012. The content within was deliberate, and this was the ...
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SF layout / Answer coloring

I just wanted to report a small bug in the layout, in the answer section. On IE, FireFox & Chrome I see my profile that way (note the answers how it look like (no box)): On my blackberry I see ...
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New mobile web theme, or bug?

I just noticed the main mobile web site theme changed, it's now a SE's look (light blue theme), someone know if it is normal ? (SF's meta is still ok on the other hand) Thanks ! For reference, how ...
3 votes
3 answers
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What's the best close reason for impossible troubleshooting questions?

We have the "insufficient info to troubleshoot" close reason: Questions seeking installation, configuration or diagnostic help must include the desired end state, the specific problem or error, ...
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Why was this question about Amazon CloudFront put on hold as off-topic?

My question about whether Amazon CloudFront offered DDoS protection was put on hold as off-topic because I was allegedly asking for "product, service, or learning material recommendations". I was ...
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your post was converted to a comment

a user asked a question and set bounty: Apache tries to access wsgi-rest parameters in DocumentRoot (AH01797) - Server Fault I posted my answered it (in hope to get bounty), yet few moments later, I ...
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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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Advice on books?

I have 1 hour of travel by train now from home to work and I really would like to start reading a bit, mostly about networking and security but also about programming. I've been collecting some list ...
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Was the Server Fault logo derived from a StackOverflow logo proposal?

Out of sheer boredom, I was looking through the collection of logo submissions that were made as part of the StackOverflow Logo Design Contest, and I came across the following three designs, all of ...
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Is it better to ask about OSX server-related-questions (small-to.mid-sized, Enterprise) in Serverfault or Ask Different?

I have a question about my Server Fault post: How can I clear the DHCP GUI in OSX Server? Ghost clients in the building
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1 answer
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What's the issue with my questions on Ganglia?

I have received 4 downvotes and 1 upvote on my 5 questions regarding the Ganglia monitoring system: Ganglia's GPU Nvidia module: do we need to patch the ganglia-webfrontend? https://serverfault....
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What StackExchange board is best for asking about setting up a linux server for VPN, Jira, GitLab and some VMs?

I am very far from being an expert in systems admin (I'm a programmer) but I want to set up my own private work environment with a VPN, Jira, GitLab and a bunch of VMs (some with linux servers, some ...
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What to do with the "rm -rf" hoax question

It turns out the the recent question regarding the misuse of rm -rf in Ansible was actually just a hoax (English) in some kind of viral marketing effort. It become quite famous on various media and ...

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