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Can non-professional administrators still ask questions about professional setups?

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 ...
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Where can I ask questions about web hosting control panels?

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 ...
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What should we do with questions about Vagrant?

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 ...
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What should Server Fault do with questions about web hosting control panels?

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 ...
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What should Server Fault do with questions about web hosting control panels?

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 ...
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What should Server Fault do with questions about web hosting control panels?

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, ...
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What should Server Fault do with questions about web hosting control panels?

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 ...
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Can non-professional administrators still ask questions about professional setups?

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 ...
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Can non-professional administrators still ask questions about professional setups?

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, ...
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What should Server Fault do with questions about web hosting control panels?

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 ...
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Questions about network protocols

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 ...
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Can I take the on-topic summary at face value?

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 ...
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But What About Otto? Can we hate that yet?

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 ...
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Let us (continue to) close old, off-topic questions about web hosting control panels

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 ...
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What should Server Fault do with questions about web hosting control panels?

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 ...
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What should we do with questions about Vagrant?

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 ...
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Can I ask for a comparison between two specific testing tools?

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 ...
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Let us (continue to) close old, off-topic questions about web hosting control panels

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 ...
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Upgrading Youtrack

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 ...
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Are 'best-practice' questions on-topic?

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 ...
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Can I ask for a comparison between two specific testing tools?

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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What should we do with questions about Vagrant?

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 ...
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Do we need a separate site for "researchers"?

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 ...
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Can I ask about technology?

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, ...
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Where would I ask a broad question about maintaining new technologies

At first glance your question is exactly on-topic for ServerFault, as it is about managing information technology systems in a business environment. Although the subject is as much as if not more a ...
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Question considered off-topic

Because trying to use a non-powershell command line on a 17 year old, unsupported Windows server is the poster child for the reasonable information technology management practices close reason.
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What should Server Fault do with questions about web hosting control panels?

One possibility would be to move these questions to Unix/Linux. But I'm not sure whether they actually want those kinds of questions, so I've asked on Unix/Linux Meta.
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What should we do with questions about Vagrant?

I haven't reviewed all the questions, but I think one of the issue is in this: If a SysAdmin has a question regarding Vagrant, it will probably be on-topic. Like Mark Henderson states, it may be used ...
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Right place for Juniper related questions?

I can't comment about the topicality at Network Engineering except to state what its moderator already told you: OK. Unfortunately, questions about protocols above OSI layer-4 are off-topic here. ...
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Do we need a separate site for "researchers"?

I looked through the list of questions and I don't think the support a specialized site for research computing. A lot of them are look to me like sysadmin questions that could be fine here: What are ...
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