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Provide as much information as necessary to answer the question. You may obfuscate anything that may be sensitive, but be careful of obfuscating too much. These may occasionally come into conflict... Server Fault does not require you to obfuscate anything. These guidelines are intended to keep you out of trouble and to help you get better answers to your ...


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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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Drawing on my knowledge of rapid-growth startups, and so on, my favourite phrase is "Try it, if it doesn't work, we'll try something else". Seems like a good fit for this scenario.


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You are right, that is one area that the scope is not defined. Well, the very critical distinction of our scope, at any rate. I believe you are correct, that the wording in the Ask a Question side-bar: Be adjusted appropriately: Is your question in a professional context, and relating to servers, networking, or related infrastructure? The drop of '...


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This wasn't already enabled? Why the hell not? Turn it on now!


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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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Seems sensible - We may want to wordsmith the language a little more (A much-shortened version of How can I ask better questions on Server Fault?) but I'm in favor of enabling this now and refining the language later (we all know nobody reads the manual anyway :-)


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Since this question's floated up to to the top of the front page, I'm going to give my contrarian answer, which is: obfuscate nearly no technical data in your question. Michael has a point inasmuch as some data are supposed to be secret, and you shouldn't post them. Passwords, SSL secret keys (don't laugh, it's happened, though I can no longer find the ...


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Since the idea seems to have been well-received, I've turned this feature on. Feel free to log out and verify that it works... So how will we know if this has had any positive effects? Here's some baseline data on questions from new users: week Questions Bad Good PctNewUserQuestionsBad ------------- --------- --- ---- ---------------------- 2013-...


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It's good that you've asked here rather than ignoring the warning. It's an automatic system, based on the "results" of your questions - how many upvotes and downvotes they've gotten, how many have been closed, deleted. No one except SE developers knows the exact parameters of the system, but it looks to me like you've got some not-terrible-but-not-great ...


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This rate limit applies to users with less than 125 reputation, and all posts made by anyone from the same IP address on any Stack Overflow or Stack Exchange site count toward the limit, even if they are made by accounts with more than 125 reputation. If someone is sharing your IP address and also posting, then you may see this unexpectedly. There are ...


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Just because you know that this is possible and encouraged doesn't mean everyone does. New folks show up here every day, and maybe a few of them know something you don't - encouraging them to write about it benefits everyone. Besides making this more obvious to folks who skimmed the FAQ, it also avoids the confusion inherent in seeing someone post a ...


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Sadly, this sounds to me like something that might be closed as a duplicate of Can you help me with my capacity planning? Depending on how you define "system design," of course. I'm assuming this is a server system because you're on Server Fault, and you'd be talking about server hardware and operating systems and the like (possibly to support an ...


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Hypothetically speaking, there's no way this is an actual question, and if someone asked a question like this, with the current level of context on SU it would be closed. Such a question wouldn't be migrated to SF, and I wouldn't expect SF to migrate it as it stands. "I plan to set up an Oracle Exadata installation" is a statement "at my home" may be ...


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The message you're seeing comes from a recently implemented question rate limiting system, which you can read more about in the Help Center. In particular, please note: If you haven't yet done so, please read our advice on how to ask good questions, and the types of questions one should avoid asking. This block is only temporary, but much longer ...


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It takes me a long time, much of it lost in: Scrubbing the company-specific details out. Formatting it for legibility. Figuring out the show my work parts, and how to summarize it effectively. Deciding what the last sentence ending in a ? will be. Which I did recently over on SO. As mentioned before, often I'll get to bullet-point 3, when I'm renavigating ...


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I hadn't thought of a recurrence of the eternal September but a lot of it has been dealt with by the community moderators. It appeared as a pair accounts working in tandem and alternating posting the same questions and answers on both Stack Overflow and ServerFault.


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The question you linked to is on stackoverflow. We are all part of the same network, but each site has very different rules about what kind of questions are allowed. So comparing what is allowed there isn't a valid comparison. Migrating data from LDAP is complex enough that books are written on it. And you included next to no detail about what you had ...


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I think what's happened here is that the key point of the closing is: good answers would be too long for this format You may not have realised it at the time, but you've probably asked something that you could write a book on. Server Fault isn't really the best place for disseminating that much information.


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I think it is a good idea to implement it but I'm just throwing this out there as a possible suggestion. Knowing that folks skim and not really read something that long, let alone click the links embedded on that page, I think that this part: We’d love to help you, but the reality is that not every question gets answered. To improve your chances, here ...


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You are definitely on to something. If you search for "OpenEBS", you will find only a dozen and half or so questions, but almost all of them from new users opening a "new" account in the last 8-10 days. If you look at those user's posts in StackOverflow, you will see that each new user is dropping a barrage of questions and they are all on "OpenEBS." ...


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I think SU is a good place for this. It wouldn't necessarily be off-topic here, but this has an end-user vibe about it, not a system administration one (remember, SF is for professional system administration, end user/home use questions are off-topic). But thanks for taking the time to ask this.


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As Michael indicated probably not in topic on ServerFault as IMHO you phrase it as an end-user problem and appear to be thinking towards an single user solution as well. SuperUser might be suitable. The other thing is it might be seen as an off-topic product recommendation question. A business solution would be more towards a router that supports multiple ...


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My gut feeling is that system design questions are not off-topic per se - they're a class of best-practice questions, which I recall a while back we decided to be more tolerant of. But it's still perfectly possible to write a system design question that's off-topic for other reasons. For example, in my opinion: What's the best way to design an online ...


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You may not ask many questions, but you write a lot of answers. I would expect that you can write a question that is well received with a similar amount of effort as compared to what a good answer takes. (As long as you don't count all the frustrating time you spent on researching your problem before you admitted defeat and decided on asking for help here....


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I suspect it was migrated because of this SOHO equipment is generally considered the realm of SuperUser.


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I don't think that it should in fact have been closed as such, in spite of the fact that you are getting rather close to asking for someone to write the code or give a tool recommendation, both of which we don't do. Of course, it also happens that the thing you want to do is not possible to accomplish as you stated (the systems are totally different in many ...


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I like the way the answer box and other page elements fade in and out when you click and unclick "Answer your own question." Unfortunately, I spent 5 minutes looking at that and forgot to type my answer...


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