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Upvoting without discretion

For the past 24 hours at least, someone has been upvoting questions without discretion on ServerFault. At first, I started to downvote the particularly heinous misappropriation. At this point, I'm ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Would asterisk questions be welcome here?

Is it ok if I vote to migrate asterisk questions from Super User to here?
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Should comments inserted as inline edits be flagged, deleted, or left alone?

https://serverfault.com/posts/457235/revisions This question included a comment as an inline edit: "Thanks for all your input and discussion on the subject..." We as a community tend to frown upon ...
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Can we weed out the benchmarking questions?

I propose a change to the FAQ and closing policy: I'd like to see all of the benchmarking questions closed with prejudice; I'm tired of seeing them. In my mind, the answer is almost always the same: ...
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Go forth and review please

The recent changes to the /review system have helped us to clean up SF somewhat thanks everyone for your support. Despite several people using their full daily allocation of reviews there is one ...
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Many old questions getting additional proftpd/vsftpd tags

There seems to be a rash of questions recently getting resurrected by the addition of either a vsftpd or a proftpd tag. Let me be clear: I don't refer to previously-untagged questions; those are ...
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How can I improve this question?

How can I make Haproxy do health-check for backup servers only if all non-backup servers are unavailable? I don't know what is the reason to vote-down this question, can you all help me find out this ...
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Please synonym vbs to vbscript

Please synonym vbs to vbscript.
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As long-term users mature on the site, do they get less patient?

I'm noticing a trend that worries me. I'm beginning to see more and more impatient responses from high-point posters and I wonder if hanging around here too long begins to jade one's responses and ...
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Handle the question where OP decided to reinstall the system and begin from scratch

Recently I going through unanswered questions pool to find interesting unsolved questions. In one question E-mails being relayed to other server there are no answer provided. Why? Because OP has ...
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How active is the serverfault community?

I recently began to use StackExchange sites and I'm really happy with them, both contributing and receiving help. But I have realized that ServerFault questions and answers receives much less ...
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Expand migrate-options

Lately we've been having a lot of questions that would be better suited over at AskDifferent or Unix & Linux. However, there is no option to migrate them there in the off-topic section, so we just ...
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Is there an appropriate place for System Administration career oriented questions?

As I understand it, ServerFault is reserved for technical questions that are specific to the professional support of systems, network and desktop infrastructure in a business environment. Where does ...
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Bug in /review, shows me deleted answer for review.

I just had a case where the review system for first posts showed me an answer for review that was already deleted by a mod 23h ago (originally this answer ). It also was listed with 0 votes, while it ...
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Some kind of 'edit locking'

On more than one occasion, I've started editing a post, only to be told, on save, that someone else has beaten me to it. Would it be possible to add a feature where editing a post starts a mutex-...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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Questions lacking minimal understanding

I'm having some difficulty reviewing questions which I think fall into the "lacking minimal understanding" category. Where do we draw the line? For instance, say a question is about how to configure ...
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Old and useless questions bumped to home page by "Community"

I know there is a background process that bumps unanswered questions to home page; I understand the logic behind this is to give them a chance to be answered. The problem is, this often bumps to home ...
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Request to merge my unregistered account with registered one, please

My unregistered account is https://serverfault.com/users/243018/johnz. My registered account is https://serverfault.com/users/243033/johnz. It would be really beneficial if the unregistered one ...
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Visual bug with displaing badges

See picture for details: My browser if FF v61.0.1
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Etiquette for blatent product pushers?

This question, is a good one. This guys answer, isn't. When I suggest a product, I like to at least add the fact that I've used it, and my reasons for recommending. It's the "try this", without a ...
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Retagging for new products: terminal-services vs. remote-desktop-services

As I recently had experience with, Microsoft changed the name of terminal-services (Windows Server 2003) to remote-desktop-services (Windows Server 2008). At time of writing, these tags have 111 and ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Fun and Humor Tag

What should be done with the fun and humor tags? I'm not sure if What should we do with "coolest server names" is the exeption, but should we try to clean up questions that aren't directly ...
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2018: 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, in ...
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KVM tag, synonyms on the same area of expertise...

So, we kave KVM, the Kernel-based Virtual Machine and KVM, the Keyboard Video Mouse switch. Both are correct and both are heavily used on the sysadmin world. Luckily enough we have only a few ...
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Favorites page "answers" text spilling outside its box

I'm not sure how this should look, but I'm fairly sure that it shouldn't look like this.
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Merge unregistered user account

I read that it is "strongly encouraged" to merge unregistered accounts to registered ones. It seems a little bit odd to me to request this through posting a regular question, but if this really is the ...
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Answer for Question With Bounty is in Comments

Recently, I added a bounty to the below linked question (asked by me), and in the process, someone correctly answered my question, in the comments, rather than posting it as an actual answer. I would ...
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

As we've done in the previous election, 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 of ...
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What happens when a bounty expires?

Are bounty points taken from reputation regardless of whether there is an answer during the bounty period or not? I looked through FAQ and could not find the answer to this.
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Prevent editing a closed question from it being bumped to front page.

Visting ServerFault this morning there were a large number of old questions (posted 2009) that have been edited and therefore bumped to the front page. While I find this highly irritaing as it is, two ...
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Proposed changes to some help pages

In response to voretaq7's comment on an answer elsewhere, I'm here proposing some adjustments to the help and other text. I was looking for the following material, and managed not to find it, though ...
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How much should you refine a question before opening a new question?

When editing your own question, sometimes the initial problem is something completely different to what you expected, and the original question becomes obsolete. How far do you think you should edit ...
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Is a duplicate, a duplicate question or a duplicate answer?

Because of a recent question I've been wondering what duplicate actually means. Researching the issue here and on meta.SE has not given me a conclusive answer but I did notice my own thoughts ...
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What is a proper question that is on topic?

I encountered a problem with a host provider that they were unable to fix. I'm not new to system administration, however this system was not under my control so I thought I ask if anyone had ...
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Answering your own question: officially encouraged and unofficially despised?

On every question page, including this one I'm writing on now, there is a relatively conspicuous link underneath the Post Your Question button, and it says Answer your own question - share your ...
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How long should it take to write an SF question?

Apparently, I have form for not asking all that many questions on SF. Re-reading that meta question, I was struck by sysadmin1138's observation that My 'virtual question' count is a lot higher ...
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RTFM inappropriate?

Is using the term "RTFM" followed up by links to specific parts of the manual, and a discussion of the content innapropriate? Should you get a downvote simply by having RTFM in an answer/comment/...
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How high should the bar be for the OP answering his own question?

I guess none of us like to see questions where the OP disappears once the problem has been resolved, without leaving any clues as to what exactly worked to solve the problem. For this reason, I tend ...
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Fundamentals tag

This is related to the discussion here There seems to be a class of question that is more than one that would be asked by someone who really isn't a sysadmin or is just starting their career (where ...
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StackExchange Link Error

Shenanigans aside on the meta board. :) I get this message pretty frequently when I click on the StackExchange logo at the top. If I click on the error to dismiss, I can then click on any of the links,...
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Questions belonging to intersection of webmasters.stackexchange and ServerFault

Hi, Almost every webmaster deals with a server. So if he has a question regarding his server (like the following example), which site should he ask on: webmasters.stackexchange OR ServerFault. ...
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Is a question about configuring a server admin panel off topic?

A three year old question of mine was just put "on hold" for relating to "working with a service provider's management interface, such as cPanel." The wording here is a little ambiguous. I ...
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Should we have a "general reference" close reason?

I've been noticing an influx of questions lately which not only show a total lack of research, but are completely and thoroughly answered in the product documentation. Such questions almost always ...
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Why was my rsync filter question regarding a business merger closed?

i asked rsync not removing single quotes around array of strings --filter list on ServerFault, but it was closed as off-topic without explanation. i am trying to automate a safe way to move files ...
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Why was my question migrated to Super User?

I'm not complaining or mad - just confused. The reason for Server Fault is "For System Administrators and Desktop Professionals - which I am." My question seemed to me to be related to a "desktop ...
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Defining the limits of self-promotion on Server Fault

Related to Defining the limits of self-promotion The top two answers to this question were deleted: There is any monitoring hosted solution? The accepted answer's account has 19 of 20 answers ...
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Scope of questions for serverfault

Are only questions about server administration allowed on the serverfault site? I have noticed a lot of desktop configuration or administration questions have been closed.
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