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Why do people down-vote questions without telling you why?

I've been trying to ask a question on here and the question keeps on getting a ton of downvotes, but nobody bothers to tell me what's wrong with the question. Nor does it get any votes to close. Why?
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Let priviledged users add an Icon on Tag

Let's take the exemple of the tag named "dell". A nice thing would be to allow users, with a minimum number of reputation, for instance 500 rep, to assign icon on tag. If I had the right to, I could ...
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Should "on topic" be narrowed down on SF? [closed]

I have one big problem with SF: There is so much traffic (i.e. new questions per day) that I need to spend much time to search for "interesting" ones or ones that I can answer. I think I might answer ...
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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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One user with offensive username

What can i do if i see a user using an username offensive for my religion? because this is community used by differents people from many places of the world
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This is why this site suffers from a lack of talent

Its an uphill challenge to get good information out of this site to the point where I usually look elsewhere. If the users here want to attract better talent and better answers then the attitude has ...
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The highest rated question on this SE is a rant/opinion about an idiot; what does that tell me about asking good questions here? [closed]

The highest voted question on this SE is effectively a rant about a security auditor: Our security auditor is an idiot. How do I give him the information he wants? While I do find the Q&A ...
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Reopen question http://serverfault.com/questions/515033/reinstalling-a-downgraded-windows-xp

The moderators have closed the question as duplicate. But the link which they have cited does not address the questions which I have asked. Moreover, the 2 responses to my question which the ...
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Is "don't personally know the answer to this question" a reason to close? How to stop it?

I ask a "practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face" and it just gets closed -- and it's been tagged a "discussion" question. Well, it's a discussion question if you don't ...
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Legal issues upon capturing digital proof upon hosting services scam

Is ServerFault the wrong place to ask for advice of ... how should someone register/capture digital scam proof to be legally sustainable and enough for building a case with a Consumer Protection ...
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Sudo issue was closed - reason?

I asked this question, and it was closed and deleted. I ask myself: Who hates progress, improvements and changes? https://serverfault.com/questions/846453/alterantive-to-sudo-which-allows-regular-...
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Excessive moderation? Closing questions as: "Ask vendor"

Here's what I'm talking about: https://serverfault.com/questions/676085/google-and-amazon-equivalent-of-azure-cloud-services One of the comments I got was that I should 'ask vendor'. Isn't this true ...
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Question migration

If, hypothetically speaking, I will ask a question on a SF "I plan to set up an Oracle Exadata installation at my home, [...]" - will it be forcefully migrated to the SU ?
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FAQ - screenshots from bicycles.SE

Here i a screenshot from the ServerFault FAQ. The images are from bicycles.stackexchange.com! Could this be fixed please? Edit. I had not noticed that it was the case for all FAQs on stackexchange. ...
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I cannot read when typing (reading and editing only upon successive submissions)

My posts are frequently hijacked by comments: "Stop typing and start reading" "don't make so many revisions" Generally understanding these cyclic worries, I should explain that I cannpt do any ...
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Do readers of the password-management tag want a new community?

Over in area51 a debate is going on about this: https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/21958/why-a-proposal-for-identity-access-management-makes-sense If you read the password-management ...
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Question migrated to superuser and then deleted

Why was the question https://serverfault.com/questions/354781/how-to-access-setup-of-this-router?noredirect=1 migrated to super user? I mean, doesn’t network equipment belong here? EDIT: The question ...
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Can useful, on-topic questions become off-topic through new information? [closed]

If a person A asks a question which they understand to be on-topic, then later on some person B finds out that the question would have been off-topic if the asker A had prior knowledge that B now has, ...
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Need to revisit rules regarding hosted servers

(extensively edited) This post (https://serverfault.com/questions/807412/backups-running-out-of-disk-space-possible-to-mount-a-network-drive) was flagged as off-topic due to Questions involving ...
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tired of having questions closed -- please refine your FAQ

Is it not reasonable to assume that if there's a TAG here, a question relating to the subject of that TAG is "on topic"?
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Close - Suggested SE site redirecton entries - can we add Network Engineering SE as an option?

I was wondering if ServerFault could add Network Engineering to one of the allowable sites for close redirection.
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Why close questions?

Why do people close questions here when they are not fully answered? Why is it not a real question to ask why a server stops running after one day and to ask for the reason? Why is it not possible to ...
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Should questions be asked again in another board if one does not answer?

I have asked a question about Mail-servers in ServerFault How to correctly configure postfix and opendkim and let receiving server know all details mailed-by signed-by? and have also put a bounty on ...
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Question about MAC addresses anomaly went wrong by too many editors

This is the question Connectivity issues when setting guest MAC to the same as the host MAC on ESXi 5 As some of you may see - this question has a little pragmatic problems: This was not the ...
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Why is this IP question off topic? [closed]

This question is about IPv9, asking specifically if there is a history for the famous April Fool's joke and the Chinese adoption story. It was closed as off topic in a surprisingly short time by a ...
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I was asked to discuss my question in meta

What secure and good options are there for hosting own private mail server? Somehow the questions asked are not related to the topic of the forum which is for questions about: managing the hardware ...
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Overzealous Moderation - Thread wrongly put on hold

https://serverfault.com/questions/820124/how-can-i-get-access-to-a-new-version-of-mysqldump-on-a-server-that-is-out-of-da My question appears to me to be: Concerning information technology systems ...
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Why is there just one person allowed to close off a question?

I asked a reasonable question here - How to allocate memory properly on a windows server running XAMPP? What does this close reason mean and how do things get closed with one vote?
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Can anything be done about mods robo-rejecting edits that are objective improvements?

I donated about an hour or two of my time improving questions (and a few answers) here. I removed words from titles that aren't allowed. I fixed spelling problems in titles. I removed extraneous ...
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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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When an IT administrator needs help handling an issue with one of the user accounts she manages, can she ask a question here?

Imagine a world in which J, an IT administrator, manages the computing cluster for a handful of labs at a major research university in the United States. Now imagine that a scientist in one of these ...
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Question closed, but it was a complete question that could be answered

So I have this question, https://serverfault.com/revisions/430754/1, and it got closed. Here is an forum question related to what I'm asking (this first post tells it all) http://www.webpagetest.org/...
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How to know the cause(s) of a down vote?

I'm a user of stackexchange and few days ago I started using Serverfault. I posted the first question on it and it got 2 down votes even after the question has been answered in 3 days. I figured out ...
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Downvote + on hold for my questions

I have posted https://serverfault.com/questions/823389/how-to-route-traffic-between-my-nics-on-linux-which-connected-to-proxy-server?noredirect=1#comment1049296_823389 and got marked as "on hold" ...
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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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Please add feature to make a question visible at more than one site

Crossposting is frowned upon since the old news:// times. However, between StackOverflow, SuperUser, and Serverfault there are some grey zones as this answer nicely highlights. Of course, I have a ...
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OK, so I just edited my on-hold question

I wrote this question 24 hours ago and amazingly, no less than FIVE of the mods put it "on hold." Apparently I wasn't specific enough in pointing out that this was a BUSINESS QUESTION. I ...
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Systematic downvotes?

I recently had a bad thread which has now been deleted (by me). Since then, I'm getting a pattern of down-votes on really old threads, some of which are greater than 3+ months. I believe this is ...
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Bad rejection: Moderators should probably err on the side of inclusion, not on the side of rejection

A few days ago, I came across a question on serverfault with an answer I thought good, but could be improved. And indeed, the software asked me to improve the question. So I did. I clarified and gave ...
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Benefit of closing this question?

I know, my question is a bit vague. Compare two /etc/ directories I want to compare the difference of the configuration of two linux operating systems. I understand that you want serverFault to be ...
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But What About Otto? Can we hate that yet?

Since SF likes to play whack-a-mole with products that it doesn't like, let's get the decision to hate Otto out of the way early. Otto, if you hadn't heard, is the successor to Vagrant. I think this ...
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Feature request for @downvoters contact [closed]

Feature request for @downvoters contact Not often but a few times I've had negative responses to my answers. I would love to be able to query those that responded that I needed to improve. That kind ...
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Proposed Question: What RFCs should a IT Professional know by number?

I plan on asking a question that goes something like: if you're an IT Pro what RFC numbers should you have memorized? Example In the SMTP/Sendmail community it is common to say RFC 821, or 2821 ...
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Should downvotes be moderated?

I've been here for about a month and I've already realised how easy is to downvote for no reason and how some people freely do it. This may cause some problems sometimes (mainly for questions) as a -...
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Should licencing questions really be closed even when it is massive vendor with standard practices worldwide? [duplicate]

Correct licensing if users have multiple AD accounts Take this question for example, nothing to do with legal technicalities but a basic premise of whether microsoft count admin users twice. (Which ...
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Moderation Overkill on serverfault

In my office, full of engineers and sysops, we figure that stackexchange has already died. Here is example of the day (far from the only one): https://serverfault.com/questions/542572/jemalloc-error-...
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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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Proposed new language for FAQ

At the request of Stack Exchange staff --who like the changes I have proposed-- I am posting this here for discussion. The SF FAQ, in my opinion, is seriously flawed and really needs updating. Like ...
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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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what do you do when a serverfault moderator posts negative, ad hominem comments on your question?

Also, in an attempt to redirect the attention and purpose of the question back to the question itself, I replied to the detracting comments by bringing up my original dilemma again, but then this ...
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