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Are we upvoting/downvoting questions for the right reasons?

tl;dr: in the tooltip for upvoting/downvoting of questions is the semicolon(;) considered an and/or (meaning do we upvote if it is clear and useful but no research, or upvote for research but not ...
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Why can't I use https to access the stackexchange sites?

In order to be more secure in my external transmissions, I tried to use https://serverfault.com and found that I could not login. Actually I get a 403/HTTP Authentication request, but its not like ...
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Cleaning house, really old, unloved questions

Inspired by a post on M.SU by studiohack, I'd like your thoughts on going through and cleaning up some of our old, unloved questions. I've taken a first pass at coming up with an SQL query (...
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Why was this question kept in SF?

I flagged this question to be moved to Unix & Linux. I'm new to flagging questions and I'm not clear why it was decided that the question stay in SF.
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2012 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat Digest

The following is a "digest" version of the 2012 Moderator Election Town Hall Chat. The format, as described on Meta Stack Overflow, is one answer to this question for every question asked in the Town ...
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Where is an appropriate place to ask for server-oriented product recommendations?

I'd like to ask for specific product recommendations for server-related services (such as registrars, virtual root hosts, etc). It's a jungle out there for many of these things, and specific ...
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2011 Moderator Elections - Town Hall Chat

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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Retaliation for my posts here on meta?

Out of the blue, one or more users downvotes a bunch of my old, dormant, threads. What is going on here? (note, the issue continues beyond the timeframe shown in the shot below)
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Can anything be done about mods robo-rejecting edits that are objective improvements?

I donated about an hour or two of my time improving questions (and a few answers) here. I removed words from titles that aren't allowed. I fixed spelling problems in titles. I removed extraneous ...
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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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Modifying the faq, shopping edition

The 'product recommendation' question occurs here a lot. I propose we modify the existing FAQ language: and it is not about … Networking outside the professional workplace Running servers at home ...
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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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Formally changing the #4 migration target

Whereas, the migration statistics as discovered in this meta post show a demonstrated and ongoing trend of mod-only migrations to dba.stackexchange.com, and Whereas, Webmasters has not resided in the ...
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Proposed close reason: Ask your vendor/sysadmin

ChrisS said here that y'all were looking for text for an "ask your vendor" close reason. I'd like to propose: Questioners must have required access to fix the problem. Some questions are more ...
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Are questions on Docker suitable for ServerFault?

I am building a command line script (Linux-based) for which I have a Dockerfile to define a Docker container within which I do testing etc. I have a question about why the HOME directory is not ...
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Are RaspberryPi's ever on topic for ServerFault?

I'm seeing more questions to do with RaspberryPi boards. This latest one set me off: Why can't I stream more than 1 file using nginx? Is there a belief that RaspberryPis can be used in a professional ...
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Changing the site subtitle

There has been some disquiet and discussion recently about the number of poor inbound migrations to Serverfault. One suggestion is that our subtitle Q&A for system administrators and desktop ...
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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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2013 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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Sure, we like the IDEA of voting, but we are poor in our actions

Referencing kce's Is ServerFault doomed? Not if we all vote more! where it was upvoted 77 times, with plenty of positive discussion, it is apparent that at least in concept the ServerFault community ...
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What delineates a "Business Environment?"

I recently asked a question regarding troubleshooting issues when adding an ESXi host to a vCenter server. However, this question was put on hold, and suggested to be posed on SuperUser (shown below). ...
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What to do with an accepted answer which is plainly wrong?

Inspired by this question and this one. In the first question, the accepted and most upvoted answer is wrong and misleading, but it looks like it has been around for a while, it somewhat works (...
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Should we modify the FAQ to include policy subversion as explicitly Off Topic?

Based on some of the comments here I went and looked at the FAQ again. We've always, as far as I can remember, closed policy subversion questions as Off Topic. The question that brought this up is ...
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When are legacy/unsupported systems still on-topic?

There are cases where old, barely supported or possibly unsupported server-class systems (be it software or hardware) are still being used professionally; for instance: Low-budget operations (still ...
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Unqualified "professionals"

We see a fairly steady stream of questions by people who for one reason or another find themselves having to do a sysadmin's work but have no experience or qualifications whatsoever. Very often they ...
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Ethical Questions About Hackers, Cheaters, and Lusers

Sometimes the questions asked here are related to the following three categories ... Hackers Yes, yes, I understand there's a fine line between a competent (grey hat) hacker and a sysadmin. But I ...
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What can we do to fix the "Reasonable management practices" close reason?

I don't like it! Let's make it better, because it's weak. What questions are being closed right now with it where it's not conveying what we want it to? Are they "you're on the wrong site", "you're ...
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Changing the FAQ: Home networks

One thing I've noticed in close-voting is that if the questioner mentions that what they're doing is in their home in any way, it gets voted off-topic. If it's about the network itself, it gets ...
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Tag merge request for Microsoft Windows Small Business Server tags

Here is a list for Microsoft Small Business Server tags that do not mention version number: sbs x 46 sbs-server x 2 small-business-server x 96 Here is a list of all SBS tags that I can find which ...
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Why am I close to being banned from serverfault?

I saw the below message just now when about to ask a question on the site: Wait! Some of your past questions have not been well-received, and you're in danger of being blocked from asking any more. ...
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What's wrong with ServerFault? [closed]

Possible Duplicate: How do we grow the Server Fault and Super User communities? This discussion illustrated some of the issues. Here are my thoughts on SF's problems: There aren't enough ...
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Can we come up with a consensus opinion on Purchasing Suggestions?

In reference to 2U rack hardware, budget but stable, what to buy? Plus many other similar questions, it has been noted that there's actually nothing in the SF FAQ about asking really localized ...
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What is the scope of server-related software questions that are considered on-topic at ServerFault?

I am a mod on StackOverflow, and we get a lot of "Belongs on ServerFault" flags there. I would like some clarification on what kind of server software questions are considered on-topic here. ...
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What kind of database/DBA questions does the SF community want to keep?

It is likely that dba.stackexchange.com will be leaving beta in the near future. While the site has been in beta, questions have been migrated "only for exceptional circumstances", but that will ...
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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [duplicate]

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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Should we game the audit system?

By reviewing posts I have found a number of discrepancies in reviews presented by review audits, which will be visible if one pays enough attention. So if I am sure a review is an audit rather than a ...
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Homewreckers wanted! Please handle these home-use questions

Summary ServerFault has numerous home-use questions extending far back into its history. It would be great if we could handle them all and either explicitly close them as off-topic or edit out all ...
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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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Review question: Retagging of old closed untagged questions

Recently, a number of old, closed questions with the tag untagged have been edited with that tag being replaced with an actual tag. Here's an example of such an edit. The question is several years ...
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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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Voting on the FAQ rewrite

The FAQ is a very, very important document. It forms the topical-foundation of ServerFault in the way that a constitution forms the foundation of a country's legal system. Because of this, changes to ...
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VirtualBox cleanup

This is long overdue... There are currently 757 open questions under the virtualbox tag. From a quick skim through some of them, it appears that the majority of them should be closed as off-topic, ...
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What is the correct site for Version Control questions

Since we have our discussion about networking going on I want to add similar question which seems to badly overlap between SF and SO. There are a lot of VCS questions that are asked or get bumped ...
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Vote: What level of automatic code highlighting do we want?

Now that have code highlighting enabled, we need to determine how 'automatic' it should be. The code highlighting engine works in two ways: Automatic inference of the language in use via the tags on ...
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Do we need a long-form FAQ?

As the blowout over here suggested, people are still considering the FAQ to be the definitional document of a site. As in: the document that defines once and for all what's topical and what's not. ...
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Is there recourse to a user making persistent trivial edits?

This user is repeatedly spamming the front page making trivial edits like this. I'm assuming he's just "farming" the Copy Editor badge, but it's unnecessary and annoying. Can a mod slap him on the ...
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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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is it legal for another site to skim the serverfault feed

I was doing a google search on something and found the Admin's Goodies site seems to be a live (not from the quarterly creative-commons dump, there are items less than a day old) feed of answered SF ...
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How to deal with Windows Home Server questions on Serverfault?

Should questions about Microsoft's Windows Home Server be closed on Serverfault or tolerated (until SuperUser.com goes online)? I'm sitting on the fence, because they certainly "violate" the FAQ maxim ...
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Cross-posting to unix.stackexchange.com?

If I have a question that is Unix sysadmin related. It's not clear to me whether it should go to serverfault or unix.stackexchange.com. Is cross-posting acceptable? The specific question I have in ...
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