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Eliminate the Career tag

Can we please eliminate the career tag? I just can't imagine a question where that tag is appropriate and still be on topic but not totally subjective (although the subjective vote has now been ...
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Is the syntax highlighting for Code blocks useful on SF?

I know the syntax highlighting for code blocks is disabled on superuser. Do we want it disabled here as well? It seems to me that the large majority of the time a code block is used is for log ...
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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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Should follow-up questions be asked in comments or on their own?

I imagine the following can't be too uncommon: someone posts a question, gets an answer, follows it, but then finds themselves with a different problem related to the same bit of code. Should a ...
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Tag synonym/merge: virtual{host,hosts,-hosting,-hosts}

These tags all seem to refer to the same things, and people are using all of them interchangeably. Personally, I'd have picked the one that nobody seems to have gone for virtual-host but I guess I'm ...
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Can't vote again if previous vote has expired?

I just came across this question, which in my opinion is pure programming and therefore belongs on SO. I went to vote accordingly and was informed that I had already voted on it, even though it shows ...
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Question closed as not constructive / locked

A question that had been asked about 3 years ago (Sep 11 2009) and that I answered last week as just been closed as not constructive: Functional implications of differences in SSL and TLS This is a ...
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What about jobs for system administrators?

Please don't close this question as duplicate, and also please don't post answers here. This is only a pointer to remind ServerFault users that this topic is being discussed elsewhere, because it ...
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Why is reputation for bounty taken away even if nothing is awarded?

Why is reputation offered up as bounty taken away even if the bounty is never awarded? Even after offering a bounty, I received only one answer to my question. In fact, the "answer" mostly just asked ...
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clarification on off-topic "management interfaces"

I recently directed a user from StackOverflow to SuperUser, as they were asking a question about how to properly configure their apache-webserver (or more: why their configuration denied access to ...
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Why downvote a question or answer on server fault?

FAQ says "To gain reputation, post good questions and useful answers." Is it valid to downvote an answer because it isn't useful (e.g. doesn't give enough information to help?) Or downvote a question ...
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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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Who is removing a tag I use?

There was an hpsa tag, until a few days ago, that I was tagging my questions about HP's Server Automation Software suite with. Someone went through and replaced it with hp. Today, (~7 hours ago) I re-...
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Why was my edit rejected?

I suggested an edit to an answer that improved it IMO quite a bit, but not enough to merit a separate post: https://serverfault.com/review/suggested-edits/150104 It got rejected because it was "...
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Honeypotting Serverfault for questions that should not be asked! Should this stop?

A recent thread of mine on ServerFault has raised an eyebrow regarding the lack of support for server software, which i was intentionally misled here due to search results on google hooking into all ...
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How do high-reputation SF users solve their own problems?

I have viewed some profiles of SF users who have high reputations. One thing I have noticed that they have asked only a few questions. Some Profile links are given below: Evan Anderson Iain MadHatter ...
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Rest in peace, Michael Hampton

Several social media posts from people who knew Michael Hampton dated around October 5 and an Ever Loved obituary dated October 1 state that he has passed away. Here on Server Fault, where he was ...
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Why does the careers 2.0 site cater to programmers only?

Apparently, I'd need an invitation to create a profile there. That's fine, I've been around stackoverflow, got a bit of score on SF, shouldn't be a problem, right? Moreover, there are career postings ...
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PART 2: How does the drama on meta.SE affect Server Fault?

Reduced moderation To start with, two of the moderators on Server Fault have drastically curtailed their activity on the site. Michael Hampton: "After catching up on this situation, including today'...
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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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How are our questions indexed/googlable so fast?

Asked a question earlier for a problem I was having. After a few minutes I went back to searching for a solution, and came across I don't know much about SEO or web-scraping beyond the basics, but is ...
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What are the reasons a question can/should get an upvote or downvote on Serverfault?

The Serverfault community seems to treat questions differently than other SE sites... and there definitely seems to be a "culture" or general understanding on how to treat questions that isn't ...
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What AutoReviewComments have you come up with?

As many already know, there is a GreaseMonkey script call AutoReviewComments to automatically insert comment text for common situations. The stock comments are less than stellar in my opinion. What ...
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Paddington Bear Choppertar

Many of our top users seem to have avatars with a picture of themselves in a car with what appears to me to be Paddington Bear: So what is the story behind this?
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Over-use of Off-Topic Closure

I'm getting more than a little tired of anything that can possibly be asked on some other site being marked as Off-Topic here. Since when is user account management off topic for SF? This one, for ...
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What to do with questions when the answer is in a man page?

The question that got me wondering about this is here: Displaying nmap result gradually as results are found The answer to the question is directly quoted from the nmap man page. I was tempted to ...
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Free LOPSA Memberships

Opt-In is now closed. Thanks everyone, We will let the lucky 40 sysadmins know shortly I'm very happy this has gone over so well, with 50 people opting in. If you didn't get a membership this time ...
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2013 Community Moderator Election

The 2013 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Should subjective questions be subjected to closure?

The recent discussion around the WebServer Benchmarks question has me thinking. This question poses a generally useful query that doesn't have one true answer. Part of our mission is to understand ...
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What is our "competition" for ServerFault?

I see a few references to "other" sites in some of the meta questions in term of improving Serverfault.....However, specifically which sites do you feel are the competition to that of ServerFault?
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My ideas and suggestions to the well-going massive content destruction

For example, you could continue this by closing/deleting of every hardware question, saying that a professional system administrator doesn't make his hands dirty with dusty server parts. Then, you ...
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Mod hammering - to do or not to do

One topic I am seeing a lot of the election page, and in meta threads, and in the site in general, is the idea that moderators should be running around slamming close votes on every question that ...
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How do you define "sysadmin related"?

I'm done with Serverfault. When people can't see outside their own little box of what's system admin related they're not worth me wasting my time. This question/COMMUNITY WIKI is related to OUR ...
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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 ...
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2014 Community Moderator Election Results

Server Fault's 4th moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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What posts get deleted, and why?

A fair number of posts get deleted on Server Fault, for a wide variety of reasons and by a diverse set of methods. Because these posts are, by definition, not visible and not searchable, there tends ...
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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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The never ending flood of "what kind of server do I need for X amount of requests per hour"

These kind of questions just keep pouring in, and the same thing happens every time. The questioneer never gives out enough details to even guess what kind of spec/bandwith he/she needs, the type of ...
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Pretty low standard for "constructive" comments

It's been a bit quiet in meta.SF the past few days, so I thought it was time to stir the pot. :) So, I came across this question just now. Reading through the comments (see comment thread screenshot ...
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Serial close-voting?

Is this considered a bad thing? i.e. if someone goes through a specific user's questions and casts a close vote on all (or most) of them? ...'cause I'm pretty sure someone is doing that to "Sandra." ...
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Confused about joining the community (reputation)

I am confused about how to join this community. Here's what I've done so far: 1) I have a problem. 2) I came here for help 3) When I went to ask the question, the instructions told me to ...
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Is "Telephony" (as defined by Area 51 proposal) on topic here?

I need your help and expertise. There is a proposal inching its way through Area 51 to create a separate site for experts in Telephony (PBX/PABX/IP PBX/VoIP/ToIP). Please have a look at this proposal: ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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Proposed change to Server Fault guidelines

Following up on the discussion here, I’d like to propose some changes to our help center guidelines to remove subjective language (particularly the “professional” part) and simplify things a bit, ...
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Revision / Exam questions?

What's the position on helping someone with understanding technology, but in response to learning or education rather than a formal 'I have a specific issue ....' I'm thinking of this question, ...
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We want to celebrate the community's 10th anniversary together!

April 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of this great community and we want to celebrate together with you! I am looking for suggestions from you as to how we can realistically enjoy this momentous ...
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Will/Should Serverfault be dropping the "networking support" in the upcoming future?

There is a currently private beta site for Network Engineering here: http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/52519/network-engineering The beta is new, but seems to be garnering a decent following ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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