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Should 'productive sysadmins without root' be listed as a canonical question?

Should Linux: productive sysadmins without root (securing intellectual property)? be listed as a canonical question?
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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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Why do people think questions about cPanel/WHM is the same as questions about cPanel?

The 'off-topic' blah blah, warns of cPanel as being off topic, so it allows moderators to just brush by a post, see the word 'cPanel', and put on hold / etc on the fly. Yes, moderators rush through a ...
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Why was this flag declined? [duplicate]

This is about a particular flag about this answer that got declined: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxErhxEbQcA&feature=plcp is a good video. Start at ep 11 and work your way through the SSL bits....
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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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re-open for the sake of searchable community knowledge [closed]

As foreseen, I am pleased how others have contributed to and evolved this mini project: Supports both IPv6 and IPv4 ipset rather than iptables state files no longer required. https://gist.github....
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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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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 to ask my question but obfuscate my real data

I asked one question about my DNS records and was forced to substitute my real domain name and IP with fake data like 111.111.111.111 & bar.com. One user didn't welcome that and made me -1, so I ...
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"Disciplined" badge remained after undeleting relevant question

Today I deleted a post of mine with 3 points and undeleted it later. There is this badge called Disciplined (Delete own post with score of 3 or higher), it was awarded and it remained even after ...
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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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How should I vote on a question which I consider too low quality to migrate?

I came across a question in the close queue, which I feel need to provide some more information in order to be a good question. I could vote to close the question, but I can see that the question ...
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On hold for a valid question conforming to guidelines

Im certain that the answers of several of the "power members" of the community are not in a good light in this question I have asked, but they can edit their responses. https://serverfault.com/...
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How should we deal with old link-only answers?

Sometimes I come across old answers with little more than a link to another site. And sometimes these answers have been upvoted multiple times. The answer I most recently came across said only this ...
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Why is my question closed as 'too broad'?

My question here: Are HDD <-> SSD transfer speeds completely bottlenecked by HDD speed? is very specific but was closed as 'too broad'. Maybe it doesn't look like every other question that is ...
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Asking a question about HTTP and HTTPS ports for hosting a website

I'm trying to figure out what StackExchange site would handle questions related to software ports, and their purpose?
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How to fix a question?

About a year ago, after reading the FAQs, I'd posted a question (link) here. Apparently it wasn't a very good question because it got closed shortly thereafter. The reason was that it didn't "...
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Is a question about installing Apache modules on topic here?

I have a question to ask about installing the mod_wsgi module for Apache on Centos 7, so that I can write a python web server. I wanted to make sure it would be on topic here before asking it though. ...
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Change the duplicate excerpt

Currently, This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please edit this question to explain how it is different or ask a new ...
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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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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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I do not understand what going on recently in site

I do not understand what going on recently in site. I suppose that site is to help people. I do not understand why people close questions. If you will continue to close questions people will go to ...
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How can I add bounties for my question

I have 111 reputations and want to add 50 bounties for my this question: pfSense not forwarding DNS to concerned VPS Please advise how can I add them
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Please don’t make Careers programmers only in practice! [duplicate]

Careers will soon be merged into Stack Overflow. Only two sites are concerned by this change, because there’s currently only two kind of jobs on Careers, developers and system administrators. ...
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How to deal with off-topic questions that cannot be closed?

A came across a question which looks off-topic to me. I voted to migrate the question, but got an error message saying: This question has an open bounty and cannot be closed How should we deal ...
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Should the XAMPP tag be removed?

Should the xampp tag be removed? I can flag a question as off-topic with the following reason: Questions on Server Fault must be about managing information technology systems in a business ...
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Questions regarding running Apache on Windows

We get several questions a day from people trying to run Apache on Windows platforms. Excluding WAMP questions (which are already off-topic), should we allow questions about running Apache on Windows? ...
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What is the added value of the documentation tag?

What is the added value of the documentation tag? To me it is too generic and does not add any value. Could this be removed please?
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Answerer's answer locked for the chattiness of others

I have participated in a long comment chain under a specific answer to the HNQ question Why is my bare-metal 16x 2.93GHz cores computer performing poorer than a VPS with 4x 2.5GHz cores?. This answer ...
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VirtualBox tag warning

One Stack Exchange feature which is significantly underutilized here at SF is tag warnings. These pop up when a user enters a tag into their question and can provide guidance on how to use the tag or ...
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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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Merge mod-pagespeed and page-speed or change tooltip

There are different tags for mod-pagespeed and page-speed, but these seem largely the same tag. They should be synonymed. this is the tootip infos mod-pagespeed PageSpeed Module speeds up your ...
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Off Topic Migration to Security Stackexchange

It is not often, but it can occur that a post belong to Security Stackexchange. What about adding it to the migration list ? It would fit the empty space ! Some examples this week: Why are some ...
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Negative vote & comments

I noticed that it became common to see newcomer posts with negative votes, and no comments to explain it. Sometimes i even wonder why some good questions get downvoted without reason. Is there a ...
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Make job ads related to professional system administration on serverfault for the default visitor

I’m currently a student who aim at becoming a professional system administrator. I hate having full time developer jobs (from stackoverflow careers) particularly on serverfault. Since there are jobs ...
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Merge vhost and virtualhost

There are different tags for vhost and virtualhost, but these seem largely the same tag. They should be synonymed.
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Unsupported setup, is it a valid question?

I recently asked a question about a combination of disks & server which is not vendor-supported (link here), in short adding EOL disks from another vendor to servers currently in use. The setup ...
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What does marked as duplicate by Community♦ mean?

I came across a question which said marked as duplicate by Community♦ 1 hour ago Usually when a question is closed there will be an indication of who closed it - either five users or one moderator....
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Question about ReadyNAS being inaccessible was put on hold as "off-topic" — what to do?

I spent a lot of time reading the rules and requirements, and feel like my question is right in line with Server Fault's regulations for a question. Can anyone help me out here? I tried to ask for ...
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Moderation Review Request - Apache Question

A while back I flagged this Apache question as more suitable for StackOverflow. The flag was declined as "moderator found no evidence to support". However, looking back on it now, it was answered ...
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Should we refer to U&L in the "managing information technology systems in a business environment" off-topic reason?

I'm seeing a lot of questions that are just trivial "how do I use <Unix tool X>" questions, where X is things like curl, rsync, etc. Most of these are getting closed as OT, "not managing IT ...
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Why images/screenshots wasn't embedded in most questions/answers? Is it a bad practice?

I'm not sure about people who are proficient in English. But as a person who isn't very good at it, I feel refreshed whenever I found images related to the content. It usually made me understand the ...
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Create [hostgator] tag?

I see there is a [dreamhost] tag. That's useful: I like to see what issues of [mediawiki] users are host-specific, because certain shared hosts can be quite painful. I notice there are 200 questions ...
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What's the best way to migrate a tag from StackOverflow to ServerFault?

I'm asking a new question related to [tidal-scheduler] in ServerFault but the tag doesn't exist here yet. The tag exists in StackOverflow but the question doesn't fit there. I would like to migrate ...
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I need a script to do...!

Our community has taken a liking to re-enforcing the misconception that ServerFault is a script writing service. Examples here and here are just a couple recent threads I can point to. I have no ...
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Where do questions regarding labs for enterprise equipment & software belong if not SF?

So this is in regards to https://serverfault.com/questions/733438/nested-esxi-vlan-trunking-not-working, which was closed because it was considered off topic. I had a chance to discuss this with EEAA, ...
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Why is this question on "determing number of domains under a registrar" OffTopic for Serverfault?

https://serverfault.com/questions/732948/number-of-domains-under-a-registrar-how-do-you-determine-this I am getting more than a little irritated by the Hold on a perfectly reasonable questions that ...
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can't connect with my account

Is it possible that logging in with facebook has orphaned my existing account (that used the same email)? I tried password recovery, it only hooked me up to this new account. I know the old one ...
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Poll: Administrator tag

Should the administrator tag be nuked?
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Can I take the on-topic summary at face value?

From the help on what's on-topic for Server Fault (emphasis quoted): Server Fault is for questions about managing information technology systems in a business environment. Just considering this ...
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