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My answer did not solve OPs problem; now what

I tried to answer this question, since I had similar problems earlier and managed to solve them. However, it appears that the fix that worked for me does not work for the OP and I have no idea what ...
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Do you have a checklist that can help me ask a better question?

This is a Canonical Question / FAQ Candidate to help our new users ask better questions, and hopefully get better answers. Similar questions: How can I ask better questions on Server Fault? ...
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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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Should we enable Tag Specific Popups

Some time ago we requested Clippy Pop out to help people ask a better question. (time passed) Someone else asked for a similar feature on mSE. (more time passed) This feature has been added to ...
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Please fix our design issues

There are a number of design issues that have been outstanding for (quite frankly) a ridiculous amount of time. This morning (UTC) one of the known design issues contributed to a certain amount of ...
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Are answers from a vendor allowed?

I noticed that one of the answers to this question about CloudFlare is from a user named damoncloudflare. Looking at other answers from that user, they are all about CloudFlare and it's clear from ...
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Perception of purpose

When using ServerFault, I approach it from the perspective of a professional resource. I use it to to provide solutions and see solutions provided to professionals. Specifically from the FAQ: ...
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What should the community take away from panel-gate?

The event that has been dubbed panel-gate by members of the community has sparked emotion and even outrage from the community with regard to the actions of some, and how the events unfolded. The ...
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Where did all the admins on Server Fault go?

Did anyone else than me notice the lack of answers, up/downvotes lately? I've been away for a few months, but I notice a huge difference - especially at the number of responses on questions. Why did ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Server Fault's sixth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Change or retract a vote to close

This may have been discussed on MSO but I don't go there any more, so I wouldn't see it and don't believe we should have to search elsewhere for answers relevant to this SF. It happened again today ...
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Removing Down Votes When Migrating

I just noticed this today but a question was battered with down votes, rightfully so, and was migrated to one of the other SE sites. However, the downvotes stuck with the question. It seems like ...
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Can Serverfault better show whether or not a question has any accepted answers?

On Meta, Stackoverflow, and Superuser, when a question has an answer that has been accepted, its answer count is displayed as light against a dark background. On Serverfault, this difference is much ...
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Tag synonym for "XMPP": "Jabber"

We have a xmpp and a jabber tag. Current stats: tagged with xmpp: 77 questions tagged with jabber: 52 questions tagged with both: 25 questions As far as I can see, they are used for the same thing: ...
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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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Why don't people upvote questions they answer?

I've noticed that a lot of questions with several 'answers' aren't upvoted, or are disproportionately upvoted (6 answers, 1 upvote). Is this normal or expected? To clarify, the question being asked ...
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Refusing to give teh codez, good or bad practice?

When trying to provide an answer, I sometimes found myself hesitant to provide the exact recipe that would be a solution for a particular problem. I think it is better (it has always been better when ...
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Why are learning materials questions off-topic?

I asked a question looking for pointers to overview materials about VPNs, as opposed to product-specific documentation. It was very promptly closed as 'off-topic' on the grounds that "Questions ...
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Inactive mods on SF - Or are they?

An interesting discussion just spun up on the SF chat, which clearly showed that some of us have strong feelings about how this site should be moderated - and who's job it is. We have certain mods ...
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Dealing with blatant spam posts

A new user just registered and posted two spam posts, one of which was very long. Both posts started to get downvoted very quickly, and a number of close votes were made. The questions were live for ...
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Should we approve edits that remove chatty anecdotes from answers?

An edit was approved for one of my answers today that seems on the chin rubbing side of pedantry to me. Question: How to delete .fuse_hidden* files? Answer: https://serverfault.com/a/478619/152073 ...
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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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I accidentally rejected a suggested edit that should have been approved. What do I do now?

While going through suggested edits I saw one in which it appeared that someone had added random bits of code to someone's question. So I rejected it as a radical change. Then I took a second look, ...
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Our FAQ sucks (so let's fix it!)

OK folks, I have a serious case of FAQ envy. Because of This question I took a good long look at the DBA.SE FAQ for the first time since it came out of beta. Compared to what they've done the front ...
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Can I see the "Moderator election candidate statistics" for myself without running for moderator?

I figured I'd ask here before making an Evan Carroll out of myself. I really like the statistics found here: http://elections.stackexchange.com/#serverfault Short of nominating myself, is there a ...
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Is it ok to ask questions on setting up a torrent server?

I would like to help spread some legal content via torrents, to maintain its availability and help people find it if it will be deleted elsewhere. I need help understanding what kind of software do I ...
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Does Server Fault plan to support IPv6?

IPv6 is an up-and-coming topic on Server Fault, especially since IPv4 address space exhaustion finally occurred for some parts of the world. Yet I can't help noticing that serverfault.com has no AAAA ...
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Christmas Hats 2013 Edition!

It's December! For the past couple of years, many SF'ers have added Santa hats to their Gravatars For Christmas. Feel free to join in, here are the hats we've used in the past: or
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Can we just get rid of vgv8?

It's been clear for a while that he/she is posting solely for the purpose of trolling, so instead of just a suspension, why not delete the account altogether?
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Answering part of a question

Some questions have distinctly answerable parts (this one, for example). If I know the answer to one part but not the other, is it acceptable to answer in part? I'm assuming that no better answers ...
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What should we do with "coolest server names"

So this question... https://serverfault.com/questions/45734/the-coolest-server-names It's horribly off topic. It's got a few votes to delete it right now because the community does not want it here (...
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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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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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What's off-topic; anything in a home setting, or anything that was designed for home use?

For our FAQ reshaping, I think we need to decide something: Do we hurl questions over to Super User based solely on using a consumer-oriented product, even when it's clear that that product is being ...
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Should licensing questions be closed?

After seeing yet another licensing question I'm wondering whether I'm right in thinking they should be closed. While it can be difficult or slow getting answers for technical questions from the ...
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I've found the answer to a question about 10 minutes after posting it. Do I just delete the question?

Specifically I asked this question: Looking for the Docker way to get just the 1st Repository Tag in "docker inspect" after looking for the solution for at least an hour. But after writing ...
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Octopus Deploy Will Soon Be Sponsoring Server Fault!

We're excited to announce that Octopus Deploy will be sponsoring Server Fault for the next year beginning very soon! These types of partnerships that help us bring more resources to our communities ...
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Can we black hole the "errors" tag?

It's worthless, IMO. Can we get it black holed, or at least discuss the possibility?
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Serverfault cut off/truncated on long post?

Hi All, I was reading a Jeff Attwood post on ServerFault here (quite a long one, but not obscenely long) and saw that the last part of the question got cut off: Cut off text http://www.41085.org/SF-...
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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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Is it time for a canonical question/answer on non-hostname-aware protocols?

After yet another question asking how to bring hostname-awareness for proxying purposes to a protocol that doesn't have any support for it, is it time for a canonical question on hostname-aware ...
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Moderator use of comment edits?

I recently left a comment. That comment originally said something like "What part of our [faq] made you think that this question was appropriate for Server Fault?" It wasn't hostile, but it also wasn'...
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Tag "remote" is ridiculous

Similar to kasperd's recent observation that the 'reverse' tag is ambiguous, I'd like to solicit additional opinions about remote, which recently came to my attention because someone proposed a tag ...
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Congrats to the newly-elected mods!

voretaq7, Chris S, and Iain - Congratulations, gentlemen. All of you are model SE citizens, and I couldn't think of a better bunch to get diamonds this year. I think I speak for all SF users when I ...
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How many moderators do we need?

The moderator election states that there are two positions open. With the recent loss of Chopper3, this means that this is a net gain of 1. There's some discussion with regard to the specific count ...
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Chat is not a place for live support, but what is live support?

The banner in the Comms Room says This is *NOT* a place for 'Live Support', ask on the main site. I think we all agree that we don't want this room to turn into "halp! halp! My production system ...
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Will there be a careers.serverfault.com?

I answer questions both on Serverfault & Stackoverflow, although my user ranking is much higher on serverfault.com. If I sign up for careers.stackoverflow.com as a SQL Server DBA, will this be ...
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Can we merge tags for wireless networks

Can we merge the following: wifi wireless wireless-network wireless-networking into wireless-network perhaps? Question Balancing wireless-networking: 50 questions. wireless-network: 305 ...
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10 years anniversary of Server Fault

Is there any plan for Server Fault's 10th year anniversary? The first question posted on Server Fault on April 30, 2009. Few months before Stack Overflow celebrated their 10th year Anniversary by ...
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Burninate "size"

I just noticed the size tag on a question and discovered there are 42 other questions with it. Surely this is a meta tag and needs to go bye bye. If you disagree I'd be interested in the reasons.
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