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Can the opening line in the FAQ be updated to match the About page?

The opening line of the About page says Server Fault is a question and answer site for professional system and network administrators. however the opening line of the FAQ says Server Fault is ...
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New design readability - all comments are ignored

So, the most upvoted answer on Site design update is now live is about the poor choice of colors, making the new design unreadable. I wonder why, even though there's a good buy-in and support for this ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2012 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2013 Apparently there's never been one of these on Server Fault. Let's amend that, shall we? ♪ What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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How does the community feel about deleting the April Fools' question?

The question, though you'll need deleted-viewing rep to see it: https://serverfault.com/questions/679847/is-there-an-alternative-to-windows-server-since-it-is-being-discontinued For those that can't ...
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Is this site becoming what it's aspiring to be?

Looking at "What topics can I ask about here?" and comparing to what's actually going on on the site I sometimes wonder if it's what it's supposed to be. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I'd think ...
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Are RaspberryPi's ever on topic for ServerFault?

I'm seeing more questions to do with RaspberryPi boards. This latest one set me off: Why can't I stream more than 1 file using nginx? Is there a belief that RaspberryPis can be used in a professional ...
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Are we too nice to high rep mods?

In the wake of this question (check the comments). I know there have been questions raised on meta about being more friendly to low reps. But are we too friendly for high reps? I was wondering what ...
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Edit powers activate! Removing Hi/Thanks

The format of StackExchange sites in general discourages the sort of letter-format questions common elsewhere. You know what I'm talking about: Hi, I have ${problem}. It has ${details}. Any ...
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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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Rewriting "minimal understanding"

This current close reason is confusing and potentially misleading. Questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Try including attempted solutions, why they didn't ...
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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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Dealing with unregistered users answering their own questions with another account

Occasionally we'll get Unregistered users come back to their own questions with a different account. Perhaps they flushed their cookies, or maybe it was at work and now they're at home. Either way, we ...
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When to post on Serverfault vs Stackoverflow?

I've just started using Stackoverflow, and it's been very useful. I asked a question once on here that was much more technical (decoding a wordpress hack), but I'm confused in general about why to use ...
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Should I delete a question where the answer turned out to be a hardware problem?

CentOS 6 router/firewall seems to be throttling throughput After much troubleshooting the problem turned out to be a hardware fault with one of the network adapters. For unknown reasons the adapter ...
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Do we consider Bitnami to fall under the cPanel close reason?

It's not exactly a cPanel-style system, but it shares the same characteristics - weird, specific, one-click configurations that are pervasive and difficult to debug and tweak. Is it legitimate to ...
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How should we handle questions that we've given up on?

I have a couple questions that I've had to reluctantly give up on due to time/work constraints. As such, I'm not sure which of the answers to go with. How should I handle these questions?
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Happy Sysadmin day

Happy sysadmin day to all you sysadmin guys. The occasion for you to see all the work you did, but moreover, all the passion and love we put into our so-much special job. Actually, since I'm a ...
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Is "You are all backwards" really a valid close reason?

I often see, in the close queue, questions like this one: Understanding the Basics of Subdomains with VirtualHosts In it, the asker (who was of course edited for formatting) is wondering why his ...
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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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Color scheme in questions lists needs some help

The color contrast here (MetaSF /questions) is a bit difficult. Fine on the home page, but white and yellow against light gray isn't enough of a contrast. Talking about the vote / answer boxes. ...
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Election data breakdown

In light of our last and this election, I was wondering if it was possible to ask for a small breakdown of how the election went and what the average voter looked like. I understand that keeping ...
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Should we punish and also close questions with blindingly obvious answers?

There are questions that get asked, from time to time, whose answers are fundamental and blindingly obvious to anyone with a reasonable amount of knowledge about the topic being considered, such as ...
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2013 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, 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 ...
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I think it's time to update the "We are Offline" BSOD

The current "We are offline" screen on Server Fault when it is down is: with it's lovely 1996 DateStmp's. I think it's time to update the Windows BSOD on the page to something more appropriate for ...
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Can we turn down the campaign heat, please?

Watching some of the moderator nomination comment threads, I get the mental image of a bucket brigade. And all the buckets contain gasoline. I'm not terribly surprised or offended by those who are ...
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Should you answer against best practices just to answer the question?

I've come across a few questions recently where I've been torn between two moral decisions. The first of which is to answer the question as per the standard best-practices (e.g. You should not ...
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Clarifying "Novice questions are off-topic"

One of our close reasons reads as follows: Questions must be relevant to professional system administration. Server Fault is a site dedicated to professionals; novice questions are off-topic. ...
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Changing the site subtitle

There has been some disquiet and discussion recently about the number of poor inbound migrations to Serverfault. One suggestion is that our subtitle Q&A for system administrators and desktop ...
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Where do SQL questions belong?

Should questions about SQL (the language, not the server) be asked on SF or SO? There are a reasonable number of questions about SQL already on SF but before posing any myself (quite possible due to ...
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Reminder notices about open questions

I just finished reviewing some of my answers today, to questions that are fairly old but have valid answers from multiple posters. I thought it might be interesting to have a feature of Server Fault ...
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Duplicate tag [vms] and [openvms]

We have these two tags with the same description: vms with 7 questions openvms with 6 questions One question even has both tags. Suggestion: Make openvms the synonym of vms.
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Interpretation of Off Topic

I'm seeing a fair number of questions that are getting closed as off topic on a regular basis, I'm trying to understand why this is the case. The type of questions are those that involve desktops or ...
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What's wrong with ServerFault community?

I'm a decentely active stackexchange contributor. I do not have massive reputation, but I consistently try to ask good questions, provide good answers, and moderate to provide my modest contibution ...
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Is this "note to self" appropriate to post on Server Fault?

I don't know my way around Server Fault so I thought I'd ask first. I am in the process of taking down a Windows Server, and had to back up a number of Subversion repositories (>10) from there. To ...
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What do I do with a question that has become irrelevant?

I asked a question (Can't connect to remote centos 7 install from at least one host) that has for whatever reason resolved itself after almost a day of not using the affected computer. I was going ...
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Is hardware assembling questions off the Server Fault's focus?

Can I ask questions related to 'assembling server racks'?
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How should we deal with "slow-motion trainwreck" questions?

So, lately, Ive been noticing more and more questions that are, for lack of a better term, "slow-motion trainwrecks." For example: Is that OK to leave a small endless loop script running on server? ...
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There are 189 questions tagged [belongs-on-superuser] on Server Fault

Update 7th June 2010 These are all gone on Stack Overflow and Super User. ServerFault is a different story: https://serverfault.com/questions/tagged/belongs-on-superuser - 189 questions https://...
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Borderlines for GDPR related questions

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) affects everyone working in the field, since it extends even beyond the EU. It's a hot topic, and all kind of myths and claims are developing around it. ...
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Commenting on down votes?

It seems like we have a lot of new folks on the main site now, and every once in awhile I like to answer the "why did I get a downvote???" or "you hurt my feelings" or "you are elitists" type comments,...
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Interesting tab

StackOverflow has an interesting tab, showing unanswered questions it expects you'll be able to answer. This is very useful. Please can it be added to SF?
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links in Serverfault not readily visible [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Change style of Links Please consider either changing the color of links in serverfault slightly to contrast more with regular text, or make the links underlined. It is nearly ...
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Accepted status-answered boxes are not clearly visible

Here is how to looks on my serverfault profile (/users/%/%?tab=questions&sort=newest): The problem is, that answered questions are not clearly visible between those which are accepted and which ...
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New close reasons - Proposals (July 2013)

As everyone should be aware by now, a new off-topic close dialog has been implemented network-wide. The new system offers us the opportunity to customize our off-topic close reasons, and This post is ...
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Should personal computer-troubleshooting questions be asked on SF?

Questions such as removing viruses or malware, help installing/uninstalling software, configuring Outlook, etc?
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Serverfault, superuser, or nowhere?

I have a question that I'd like to post, which is entirely business related, which concerns connecting a home worker to a corporate network using an ADSL router with a VPN client built in to it. The ...
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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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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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Voting on the FAQ rewrite, round 2

After a successful edit round, it is time to vote on the results. The text below is the edited text we've worked on for the past week. This will be open until UTC 0:00 Friday (3 days!) to gather ...
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How do I get better answers?

How do I get better answers? Or perhaps more accurately, How can I ask better questions? Specifically what kind of information are other system administrators looking for posters to provide in order ...

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