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I am fine with this, as long as: The systems and equipment are truly professional-grade. (No questions about Aunt Mabel's inkjet printer) You have full administrative permissions on the systems you are asking about, and have the authority to modify their configuration. You have attempted to resolve the situation on your own, and can provide evidence to us ...


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I would say yes. Systems administrators can also use vagrant for testing our own environments. Say you want to test your puppet manifests against a known standard configuration - you could vagrant up an entire testing system environment. Additionally, part of a systems administrators job is supporting the systems that the staff use. Vagrant still falls ...


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Unfortunately Server Fault is unable to support web hosting control panels for a variety of reasons. But you may still be able to get help at: Your Service Provider If you are using a web hosting resource (e.g. shared hosting or VPS) provided by someone else and need help with the control panels to manage it, first contact your service provider. If the ...


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OK, so I've not been around much aside from the occasional (and infrequent) scan through the review queues and hunt for unix-y questions that are interesting enough to answer (sadly less frequent than my trips through the queues lately), but here's my three-fiddy: We've long had a policy about web hosting panels - I was the idiot overly-kind person who made ...


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Deal with end-user usage of the system via the control panel, e.g. a customer of a web hosting company who wants to use the control panel to install a web site or create a database? Close, close, close. Deal with administering the system via the control panel, e.g. a web hosting provider who wants to modify the system's Apache or PHP installation?...


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My own opinions are: Should questions about web hosting control panels be closed or migrated when they: Deal with end-user usage of the system via the control panel, e.g. a customer of a web hosting company who wants to use the control panel to install a web site or create a database? These questions have no business on Server Fault at ...


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My thought is that this is something we deal with as administrators of business networks, and as such would fall in scope of SF. The part of the FAQ that you're referring to is for people that tinker with servers and such at home, but don't do it in a professional capacity. I think it would be fine here. Better than SU, for sure.


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I'm in the 'close' camp for the control-panel questions, in large part due to the reasons Michael pointed out: I'm not saying it should be off topic because it's crappy. In fact, it's not really crappy... I'm saying it should be off topic because it's unsupportable. These systems are in many ways their own complete platform. They may look like Linux, and ...


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Even when this place was quite insistent on the professional requirement, to me that always related to the standard/level of the question, not the resume of the asker. A bad question is bad no matter who asks it, and a good question is always good no matter who asks it.


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IMO, you don't need to be a professional sysadmin to ask a question here, you just need to be able to play one on the Internet. A lot of questioners can't manage to play Homo Sapiens on the Internet, and that's when things get ugly.


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Virtualbox underpins some technologies that we, as the tool creators and maintainers, will invariably have to touch as we assist software developers in their workflows. Vagrant is gaining a lot of traction as a developer sandbox tool, and it's definitely within scope for professional sysadmins to prepare and maintain a Vagrant image for their development ...


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Nearly half of those question seem to be polling, extended discussion, shopping, and similar "Off-Topic on Every SE Site" type... I suppose that's common on Area51 where new people interested in new sites haven't grown accustom to the normalis operandi. Most of the rest would be on-topic, but we're definitely not focused on them and I generally think ...


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Being the guy who sparked this whole thing, I guess it's time I weigh in with my stance. In line with the consensus given in the latest in the years of discussions on this topic, they should be closed. ALL of them. After literally years of the community hating and hammering these questions with close votes and downvotes, they are explicitly off-topic. ...


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Remote worker/teleworker at home isn't "home usage" per se, so SF is fine.


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First, what's with the snark? If you hadn't noticed, the three most upvoted answers on that question (1, 2, 3) proposed that yes, we would accept questions about vagrant, provided that it is otherwise on-topic. The same will hold true for questions about Otto.


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Things are simple, really. The first line Server Fault is for questions about managing information technology systems in a business environment. is an absolute restriction. We don't take home environment questions, period. The context matters. Everything else mainly limits this further (no product recommendations, no licensing etc.). Serverfault is ...


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This depends on the context. Questions should always be targeted towards solving an actual technical problem you face while administering a system. Remember, our topic is professional system administration, not software development or "Ask an expert" for things you are just curious about. As an example, if you ask about some details in HTTP to solve an ...


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If you're gonna do this, let's do it right: Define a custom off-topic reason. Doesn't have to be a permanent addition, but for the purpose of this cleanup swapping one in means less tedious clicking for the folks closing. More importantly, it means we're not notifying hundreds of people while conducting this campaign: kinda rude to drag folks back only to ...


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I agree that everything that is really related to a control panel should be closed, for the reasons stated over and over again. However, I dont feel that we should "autoclose" and use the mention of such a panel as a trigger for this, even if the actual problem is clearly unrelated to the presence of the panel. Something like this is an example of what I ...


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This is a topic I've been mulling over for quite some time, and I'm not sure I have a good answer. Nonetheless... The vast majority of vagrant usage is by developers, orchestrating development environments or to otherwise automate the handling of VirtualBox VMs. Yes, vagrant can be used with vSphere or any number of other public clouds, but as womble ...


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Your examples a real mixed bag, with some being on topic and even come up regularly, while others are not. e.g. Documentation issues come up a fair bit and because documentation is a part of our job it is normally on topic. Interpersonal issues are common to any job and have absolutely nothing to do with system administration. For those who might disagree ...


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For the context of such questions the "home" user is effectively a remote office. Most of us would recognise this immediately but some would still see "home" and cast a knee-jerk vote. I therefore suggest you avoid attracting unnecessary attention to the home aspect by simply neglecting to mention it and discuss it as a remote office.


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Such a question would most likely be considered a request for a product recommendation and closed as off-topic: Requests for product, service, or learning material recommendations are considered off-topic on serverfault.com because they attract low quality, opinionated and spam answers and the answers become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe the ...


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Anything in a home setting. No exceptions This isn't a "home setting", it's a location that happens to also be a home. This is a corporate use of the location, as you have described it, and so fits within our FAQ, also out of SU's FAQ as you have noted.


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I think that modern telephony is on topic here on server fault: Modern telephony is about a protocol that travels over a computer network (VOIP) and where the modern PABX/PBX and the phone on a user's desk are simply another bunch of clients and a server on the network. Having said that, I think Chris' point about our site not attracting telephony experts ...


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I'd probably have to see the actual question to offer an opinion on its suitability. But in general, system administration best practices are (or should be) well known, not usually disputed, and thus not really qualified to be closed as opinion-based. A question may be closed for other reasons, though, such as being too broad. In regard to the information ...


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A better question than "Can I ask my question here" is "where can I get good answers". I'm not convinced you will get good answers for questions about youtrack here. While there might be a few questions here, the questions and the few answers they have are of low quality.


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We generally like good Puppet questions here. The fact that it's destined for Wikimedia Labs might be a gray area though. As you're probably aware, Server Fault is a site for professional system administration, and some people might consider Wikimedia's unique development and operations processes as not quite "professional" (for some definition of ...


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It's kind of the same as VirtualBox or *AMPP. If you are preparing/deploying for other people then yes, on topic. Otherwise you are running close to development and SO is likely a better place. It's not like they don't have a body of vagrant knowledge, they have 4000+ questions tagged as such. Sure we can and do use vagrant for a variety of sysadmin tasks ...


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Without seeing your actual question it is difficult to tell but my feeling is that it won't go down well. Why can't you call/email Fluke and ask one of their sales engineers?


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