35

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 ...


32

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 ...


31

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 ...


25

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 ...


23

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 ...


23

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?...


17

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 ...


16

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.


15

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.


13

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 ...


12

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 ...


12

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. ...


11

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 ...


11

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.


11

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 ...


11

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 ...


9

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 ...


9

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 ...


8

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 ...


7

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 ...


7

I'm a little confused as to why we need to spend time retroactively closing these questions. I agree that they are now OT in most cases (not all- but certainly most), and new questions should be closed. What do we get from looking fir them specifically?


7

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.


7

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 ...


7

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 ...


7

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 ...


7

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?


6

It depends on what the hardware is and what it's being used for. Your example LCD vs LED Monitors would not be suitable for Server Fault, as it doesn't appear to have anything to do with Server, Network, or related equipment. It seems like an End User type question, which is suitable for Super User. Also, most people should have doubts about convoluted ...


6

Oracle would say that, being Oracle. Frankly I find it very difficult to accept VirtualBox as an "enterprise" product, or actually, anything other than suitable for throwing together a proof-of-concept implementation on your own computer. I certainly wouldn't like to suggest it's suitable for production environments, regardless of what the vendor might ...


6

I would say that questions about mobile networking are more properly on topic on Serverfault. But we deal with questions about actual scenarios from system/network administrators (relevant part of the FAQ). So for example, I think that "I'm a mobile networking sysadmin, how do I reduce or minimise latency on..." or even "I'm a sysadmin who is getting ...


6

The only question you list in your post that would be squarely off-topic would be #9. Some have the potential to be too broad or open-ended (#1, #8, #10), but I don't see how this wouldn't be an issue on a potential new site. In my view, a new site would have a relatively small audience that could be served here or on U&L just as well.


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