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Ways to improve the quality of questions concerning some tags (tag-triggered suggestions?)

I'm quite new here, but I often find myself desiring there was a way to suggest people asking questions to include information probably relevant because of the tags they've used - something like "...
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Proposals regarding the Amazon and related tags

The amazon tag is being misused in a similar manner to the vmware tag in that questions tagged amazon are not about the company but the services that they provide. There are several related Amazon ...
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What should we do with questions about Vagrant?

We have, at last count, 335 questions tagged vagrant. As far as I know, for the most part this is a tool used by developers to create developer environments, and not something that is useful in ...
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Usefulness of [443]?

I just noticed there is a 443 tag. It is used in more than a handful of questions, but I find its name quite poorly chosen. What to do about it? Rename? Remove?
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Why are the job ads on serverfault all for developers?

ServerFault is frequented by system administrators. careers.serverfault.com exists, and has job adverts for system administrators and the like. Yet, all the job ads on the right hand side of ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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Should the "Ask Question" process warn that we require a professional context?

Recently, there was a popular Meta question concerning changing the site subtitle to prevent inbound migrations of off-topic questions. The old site subtitle was: Q&A for system administrators ...
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About bad questions, is answering them a way to encourage them?

I just answered a question about somebody trying to circumvent some network restrictions, I understand that that kind of questions fall under the "system misuse" category, however, I answered because ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

UPDATE: While the testing period has ended, this change has been well-received by the community so we have opted to not reset the votes needed to close/reopen to 5 while we look at data. Please let me ...
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What times do current moderators, and moderator candidates, generally feel are their most productive on SF?

I'd really, really like to know what times each moderator and candidate feels are their most SF-productive expressed in UTC. The reason for the question is that SF seems to have users - and ...
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Why is the Server Fault community so unfriendly?

Why is the Server Fault community so unfriendly? On other Stack Exchange sites, I get the feeling that people are actually trying to help you, but here I very often feel that its better to find a ...
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We need a custom close reason for web hosting control panels

As part of our ongoing cleanup of old (and new) web hosting control panel questions, we need a custom close reason for web hosting control panels which explains the issue, why we are unable to accept ...
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Google Cloud Platform support on Server Fault

For a while now, Google has supported their various Cloud Platform services on Stack Overflow, both in terms of directing developers to the site and in actually answering questions about using these ...
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I am being spammed

One of my answers has become the target for a spam bot. Twice today, once yesterday and several more times in the recent past an Anonymous user has suggested an edit which is basically a set of spam ...
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Disagree with a declined flag

I flagged this answer as NAA. The reasoning behind it being that it is clearly an attempted comment on the answer right below it. This flag has since been rejected for flags should not be used to ...
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Reboot is a stupid tag. There, I said it

Whenever I see a question that has reboot as the only tag, I want to punch a baby. Let's get rid of it. Do it for the kids.
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Apache tags - a bit of a mess?

So, we've got apache, which is the second most popular tag on the site. It's a superset of the versions of it - apache2, apache2.2, apache1.3; and apache2 is essentially a superset of 2.0, 2.2, and ...
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Web Hosting Control Panel questions migration

I wanted to share that we got contacted back by Webmasters Stack Exchange for cPanel/WHC question that are off-topic there on ServerFault, that they will gladly accept them. I just wanted to share it ...
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Can we have better messaging for handling Web Hosting Control Panel questions?

In the comments for this meta question we noticed that the messaging around closing Web Hosting Control Panel questions is outdated. The current text is: Questions involving web hosting control ...
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These tags should probably be blacklisted.

I just removed all the few questions tagged it, and I was thinking about removing system-administration for the ~27 questions, but I didn't really want to bump all those questions. I think both of ...
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What Server Fault-specific advice should we give folks asking questions here?

As of a few weeks ago, the "unclear what you're asking" close reason now links to a page in the help center: The moderators here can edit this page to customize it. So my questions are, Should they ...
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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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Closing OT crappy questions

We are generally requested to not migrate crap. Now that we're no longer meant to use the Off Topic->Questions must be relevant to professional system administration ... close reason as a method ...
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Is SF an appropriate place to ask any question about telco network?

As far as I know SE has no specific site to ask question about telco network like GSM/EDGE network. More of less SF deals with computer networking, system etc. Is SF an appropriate place to ask any ...
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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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Tag Formatting - Best Practices

This has already been brought up and been discussed extensively on Stack Overflow but we're already starting to see an abundance of duplicate tags with different formats - sql2005, sql-2005, etc. So ...
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Death to the homework tag!

On the basis of the answer my previous question (and the SO blog post linked to therein), I've bulldozed all homework tags from questions on serverfault. Anyone with the appropriate mod bits want to ...
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Please block the amazon tag

We did some work to remove the plain amazon tag recently but yesterday 2 questions appeared with the tag. Can the amazon tag be blocked please?
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home-server tag

Should the tag home-server be deleted as it's surely off topic here on server fault? It has 22 questions, many of which that are still open. A few more candidates: home-network home-networking ...
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Where do I ask a question about backup of local mac and vmware fusion based prototyping environment

I am an IT pro and tend to need virtual environments for opsdev, infrastructure and development type activities that require non-functional facets like backup. A lot of my work gets done on trains so ...
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"administration" tag should be blacklisted [duplicate]

I find the tag administration really useless.
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2018 Moderator Election Notice - Timezones

Next week, on September 17th, Server Fault will be hosting an election. The election will be for 2 new moderators. More importantly, though, when we had polled the mod team about whether a new ...
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How often are the community ads supposed to run?

I have only the lamest colloquial proof, but I don't think the community ads are coming up. I haven't seen them. When I asked in chat, nobody else had seem them. The stats page doesn't indicate how ...
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Tag reverse is ambiguous

The reverse tag has been used with at least three different meanings. Reverse DNS, reverse proxy, reverse port-forwarding. I think the tag needs to go. Should it just be removed, or should questions ...
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Is this type of answer acceptable?

I have mixed feelings about this guy's answers. Most of his answers that I've read seem to be good, informative, but the formatting always bugs me, and sometimes the list of references looks spammy. ...
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Kill it with heavy crossbow: [humor]

Five questions, all closed. This tag is not now nor has it ever been on topic: humor May we cast it into eternity never to be revived? Possible duplicate: Fun and Humor Tag And yet, apparently it ...
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Topicality: What should be done with "hobbyist" firmware questions?

What should we do with questions involving hobbyist 3rd party firmware such as dd-wrt, openwrt, and tomato? I'll grudgingly admit there is a corner case for these in the small office professional ...
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Tag Burnination [tag:instance]

The instances tag was recently merged into instance and this comment was made But really, neither tag is useful; it ought to just be burninated. It is a pretty useless tag so shall we burninate ...
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Why were my "not an answer" flags on these answers declined? What should I have done instead?

I came across these two answers to an old question, which to my mind are simply link-only answers. Hence, I flagged them as NAA to push them into the review queue for the more experienced members of ...
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Duplicate tag windows-service and windows-services

The tag windows-service has 195 questions, windows-services got 25.
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Help with mass retagging of FTP related posts

As discussed here, I've been going through posts tagged with "ftp", and adding FTP server-specific tags (e.g. "proftpd", "pureftpd", and "vsftpd") where relevant. There are many such posts, and the ...
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Retag request: APC (Alternate PHP Cache) and APC (American Power Conversion) the power supplies.

There are lots of questions about uninterruptible power supplies that are improperly tagged as apc There also questions about web application performance and the Pecl PHP opcode caching package, APC, ...
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How is Server Fault doing as of late 2011?

I'm not a heavy Server Fault user, but it seems to me that it's growing a lot slower than other sites. The front page is often full of questions with hardly any upvotes, and I often find old questions ...
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Whats really being taken in consideration to close a question?

What’s really being taken in consideration to close a question? Is it based on how "ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form" or ...
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Kill it with light mace: [windows-home-server] - or not?

Before I blow through a day's worth of flags on this, perhaps there's a better way. I believe that virtually no question with the windows-home-server tag belongs here. Here's a discussion on the topic ...
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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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rss feed for the serverfault blog double posts

The Server Fault blog RSS feed always comes up twice in Google reader (with different timestamps)...The stackoverflow blog rss doesn't do this...anyone else have this problem? From my screenshot, ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Speedy Google indexing

I asked this question an hour ago: Odd entries in DNS lookup log The question contained the string "xdnrhkbqnn". If I now Google this string I get just one hit, namely my question. How did ...
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Editing not-so-good Questions

I have an idea that part of the way we might improve Server Fault a little bit is to take questions that just are not that great but maybe have potential and edit them. I think if when users with ...
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