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When to flag questions that show a lack of knowledge?

I've just responded to this question, and apparently solved the (first) problem the asker encountered. The question itself hints that the asker has very little knowledge on how to use Linux, basic ...
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Do we really need a [custom] tag?

I just stumbled over the tag custom. It currently has 41 questions, which have little in common. Some could be retagged to customization, when the goal of the question is to actually customize ...
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Should reverse-dns and ptr-record be merged?

The tags reverse-dns and ptr-record are obviously highly related. Are they so related to each other, that it would be better to have them merged as a single tag? If it is desirable to keep them as ...
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How is questions per day calculated?

I was just looking at the Stack Exchange website and noticed that Server Fault is down to just 108 102 99 98 97 96 91 89 88 91 70 questions per day. This has dropped from 130 in Aug 2012 and I have a ...
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Kill it with Mundane Crystal Dagger: [fail]

The fail tag is fail - how meta is that? And I'm posting this on a meta site. It's meta meta meta. fail offers no benefit. It's not likely to be searched, it does not distinguish a question's content ...
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Is "the OP figured it out to be caused by something singular" a valid close reason?

The reason I am asking (before flagging the question) DNS issue for internal website routing internet connection from remote location got a comment from the OP The problem is solved. ... Turns ...
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Does the serial down voting algorithm take previous behavior into account?

Yesterday, I had 10 questions downvoted in rapid succession. This morning, I woke up to a serial downvote reversal as I expected I would. Shortly after, three of my top voted answers were downvoted: ...
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Canonical: "Help me size my wholly unspecified application" question

We periodically get the "Help me size my wholly unspecified application" questions, like What capacities should have a hosting to support an average of 1000 registered users simultaneously? or Server ...
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New response - duplicate of old question whose answer is no longer valid

I'm wondering what the best way is to deal with a new question which has already been answered on a previous highly upvoted question, but where the old answer is no longer valid. The question Whats ...
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What happened to the appearance of the vote count?

I just got back on after a couple of hours away from SF and the vote count and some of the other text is now looking kind of anaemic or anorexic. What happened? Why did it get changed? I don't recall ...
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Burninate 'legal'

Seeing this question revealed that we have a legal tag. As legality is and always will be a local matter there can be no legitimate use for such a tag.
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Canonical SSH 'public key' answer?

Is there a need for a question (or set of questions) and answers around SSH publickey refusal queries? For stuff like, Why do I get "Permission denied (publickey)" when trying to SSH from ...
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A place for conceptual sysadmin questions

I had a conceptual question, and was (rightly) told that it did not fit into the scope of serverfault. Looking around, I found that there is a QA site for conceptual questions for programmers, but not ...
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Are country-specific questions too localized?

This question was sparked in my mind as a result of the question: "Are WIFI devices greater than 1000mW legal to use in the USA?" Ignore that the question was poor in that it simultaneously asked for ...
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About bad questions, is answering them a way to encourage them?

I just answered a question about somebody trying to circumvent some network restrictions, I understand that that kind of questions fall under the "system misuse" category, however, I answered because ...
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

UPDATE: While the testing period has ended, this change has been well-received by the community so we have opted to not reset the votes needed to close/reopen to 5 while we look at data. Please let me ...
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What is this [blocking] tag?

The blocking tag has 113 questions, covering Firewall blocking (probably redundant with ip-blocking) Undeliverable e-mail blocking IO resource limits There is no tag wiki at all. What should be ...
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What times do current moderators, and moderator candidates, generally feel are their most productive on SF?

I'd really, really like to know what times each moderator and candidate feels are their most SF-productive expressed in UTC. The reason for the question is that SF seems to have users - and ...
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Unqualified "professionals"

We see a fairly steady stream of questions by people who for one reason or another find themselves having to do a sysadmin's work but have no experience or qualifications whatsoever. Very often they ...
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Why is the Server Fault community so unfriendly?

Why is the Server Fault community so unfriendly? On other Stack Exchange sites, I get the feeling that people are actually trying to help you, but here I very often feel that its better to find a ...
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Is SF's "good question range" too narrow?

As a relatively new user I'm somewhat confused about SF's role -- it comes across as rather narrow. For example, if a question has a hint of Linux in it should it actually go over to U&L, if it ...
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Are "call support" or "contact the supplier" valid answers?

I asked a question on SF regarding a server setup involving a SAN using Linux. It is definitely a complex question, and one of the major reasons I asked on SF, since it falls strongly in the System ...
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Looking for advice on the right way/place to ask my question about compiling

I've asked a question about packaging. I was compiling multiple depending libraries into one static, and was wondering if there was a smarter and systematic way to determine compatible versions rather ...
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Should we vote/close old Shopping questions?

I searched Meta hoping for a direct answer to this one, but so far I'm only finding semi-related Meta questions. Here's the sequence that led me to this question. I saw this question: https://...
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Why is there a Dell-r710 tag and not others?

This can be asked in many ways, but why is there a specific dell-r710 while there aren't for r200, r610, r620... etc etc? Do we really want a tag for every model? Isn't poweredge enough?
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Observation: Up-Voting appears to be more much rare here than on SU

I've seen y'all are wary of suspect upvoting patterns here on SF: Upvoting without discretion But I've also noticed that even on questions with several comments, upvotes are very rare. Full ...
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We need a custom close reason for web hosting control panels

As part of our ongoing cleanup of old (and new) web hosting control panel questions, we need a custom close reason for web hosting control panels which explains the issue, why we are unable to accept ...
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Updating the apache tag

Currently the apache is synonym-ed to apache-2.2. While perhaps useful in the past, it has since lost its usefulness. As apache-2.4 exists now, and the general apache tag is misleading to those who ...
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I hereby nominate dickchop as Answer of the Year

https://serverfault.com/posts/165976/revisions I just love the fact that he went in and edited his answer to change hanging to hangin, but still used the term math's instead of dem number thingos. ...
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Linux Source code Closed Question closed on Serverfault

I noticed the Jeff Atwood close this server fault question for not being sysadmin realted: Linux Source Code "...am looking for the source code to learn about their working in Linux for all the ...
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How to handle surreptitious promotions

This question's answer has a couple of comments of a rather suspicious nature which left me with the impression that the question's author is trying really hard to drive the discussion towards a ...
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Is the new 'Documentation' thingy something we might also be interested in?

A recent SO blog-post pointed out a new thing I had missed. Apparently StackOverflow is getting into the documentation business. https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/303865/warlords-of-...
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What bad tags in need of burnination do we still have hanging around?

Similar to the old "bad tag collection" thread, I'm looking for suggestions/submissions of tags we still have hanging around on Server Fault, that we would be better off not having in ...
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Should I bring old questions / answers up to par or let them lie?

I do a lot of thread excavating and often find myself examining questions and answers from years ago (okay, just two years ago, but rapidly coming up on three!). I'm frequently appalled at the grammar,...
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Where is the line with the Google sponsored tags?

Google sponsor some tags within the SE network. In particular, here on Server Fault google-cloud-platform, google-app-engine and google-compute-engine. The Google support pages have this to say on ...
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Line noise check, RE: our topic matter

Yes, this is an actual thing that I'm having to post. Reading a number of the recent opinion wars on meta, I really feel like it should be necessary to complete the following mental checklist before ...
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Should we edit posts with foul language?

I came across a question today that included some mild profanity. I'm not sure if I've come across swearing in questions before, but this is the first time it has bothered me. Should we edit posts to ...
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Should I write an answer and have it closed immediately as duplicate as an effort to provide more access points?

I read a question about systemd. The question is good, the answers are good. When reading it, I realized that I had a similar question, but phrased differently. The original question is modify ...
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Is there a voice chat version of the Server Fault 'Comms Room'?

Is there a voice chat version of the Server Fault 'Comms Room'? Perhaps using the TeamSpeak 3 protocol?
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2013 Community Moderator Election

The 2013 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Editing posts to change bare URLs to meaningful link text

I often edit posts (by other people) to change links from something like this1: I'm ne to lxc, but have 2 instances now happily using these instructions: http://blog.foaa.de/2010/05/lxc-on-debian-...
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Retag request: SQL Server tags on SF

Should the SF tag [sqlserver] be retagged to be the same as SO tag [sql-server]? As a DBA I use both sites, but often find myself typing the wrong thing! Edit (Jon): Here's what currently needs ...
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At what point do bounty questions become consulting or off-topic?

Not to pick on a specific question but with this question it seems that it has become more of a running dialog, akin to something a consultant and an organization would have when troubleshooting an ...
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We have three load/capacity/planning questions

Can you help me with my capacity planning? How do you do load testing and capacity planning for web sites? How do you do load testing and capacity planning for databases? I think that they all cover ...
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Can we have a place for "definitive" questions

There are a number of questions and topics that are now regularly closed as dupes of some generally accepted definitive question. As an example, new licensing question get closed pretty quickly as ...
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Question migration statistics and a plea

Through the power of 10K tools, I bring you statistics: Outbound Migrations last 7 days Total Closed Ignored SU 19 1 9 SO 2 0 1 Web 1 0 0 ...
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One of my answers keeps getting spammed

For some reason this answer https://serverfault.com/a/671363/1435 keeps getting editing by spammers, can we just lock the question for good?
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What a mess [windows] is. Amirite?

I'm currently going through windows closed:0 answers:0 and it's a cesspool. I'm answering what unloved, but salvageable questions that I can find, but I'm dumping a lot of bad questions in VTC. If ...
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Do we need a canonical answer about ENOSPC?

Searching for No space left on device finds 159 questions, and I didn't find any canonical among them. Do we need a canonical Q/A for that? So far theses four reasons has covered all of the out of ...
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