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I propose that we rip off SO again, and that this close reason be rewritten as follows: Questions seeking installation, configuration or diagnostic help must include the desired end state, the specific problem or error, sufficient information about the configuration and environment to reproduce it, and attempted solutions. Questions without a clear ...


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I'd like to see it make a come back, there are far too many people asking questions that are basically HALP ! I have no idea what I'm doing or where to start. Please guide me. The quality of questions on SF has continued to decline to the point where now instead of a river of crap we have an Amazon Basin full of shit and it ain't getting any better. This is ...


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New "Not A Professional" close reason Questions must be relevant to professional system administration. Server Fault is a site dedicated to professional system and network administrators; questions by end users or enthusiasts are off-topic (you should contact your system administrator, or hire a professional to help you out). Please see the Help Center ...


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Bitnami stacks are off-topic for a very similar reason to why WAMP/XAMPP/etc stacks are off-topic - they encourage non-standard deployment methodologies, and actively discourage users from actually learning what they are using. Users that post bitnami-related question should be gently encouraged to either post their question on a product-specific support ...


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I'm of two minds on this. There is nothing "unprofessional" about compiling your own Apache if you have a valid administrative or business reason for doing so. For anyone to suggest that this is unprofessional is blatantly wrong. I've had custom-compiled Apache and PostgreSQL installs on all of my servers for years, because I generally use a set of options ...


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I propose that the following close reason be used. Until it is installed as a custom close reason, it can be pasted into the Other custom box: Questions involving web hosting control panels are off-topic at [sf] because they customize their systems such that normal administration tools and methods no longer apply, and thus require support from the vendor ...


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As the alleged Serial Close-voter, I will state this: The user in question has a history of posting astonishingly lazy, zero-research questions and asking (and perhaps shading into expecting) us to do their work for them. It was believed by some that I was blindly dropping close votes on all of that user's questions, which is not the case. In fact, those ...


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Old software versions are a fact of life at many companies. Just today I was at a client who is running every version of SQL Server from SQL 2000 through 2012. SQL 2000 is dead, Microsoft won't support it but this client is still running some key systems on it probably until the end of the year. Is it unprofessional that I support these systems for my ...


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My suggestion to solve this issue would be to merge two of the existing close reasons (in order to free up space, but also because it makes sense to merge them) and to add a new one. The new close reason would be analogue to the old "questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved", with a little more emphasis on the "you ...


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I'm really new to this community, and I'd rather like to just comment and see what everyone is thinking. However I want to throw some thoughts out there and see what the responses are. And it's a bit over the comment character limit. First of all I think there are a lot of questions that simply lack basic research on the OP's part. And these questions ...


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Discussion of this close reason so far have been... pretty abstract. That's a shame; it's a waste of everybody's time. These custom off-topic reasons aren't here to define the limits of what's on- and off-topic; that's what your help and about pages are for, and both should be informed by the discussion of specific topics here on meta. Rather, those ...


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I sort of agree with your thoughts... One notable exception however: Using old software, out of support, shouldn't make a Question automatically off-topic. But when that lack of support is the heart of the question and there are supported upgrade paths available, then the question is wandering out of the scope of a professionally supportable situation and ...


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OK, so maybe this will end up being completely wrong and downvoted away, but here goes. Feel free to poke holes in it! :) ServerFault exists to be a good Q&A site for sysadmins, but it also is a great lurkers/searchers site. There are tons of folks that simply google something and end up here. The whole point of an IT "community" is to be a community....


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I've been thinking about this for a few weeks, and watching closed questions on SF fairly closely. It seems to me that closed questions not well-addressed by this close reason fall into one of two main categories: The user has absolutely no idea what he's doing and answering the question will be an exercise in explaining very basic concepts, such as how to ...


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My suggested rewrite of this is: Requests for product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they attract low quality, opinionated and spam answers, and the answers become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe the business problem you are working on, the research you have done, and the steps taken so far to solve it.


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For the reader, it's extremely irrelevant which question has been asked first. While it might be more correct, the "problem" just doesn't matter enough to warrant any action. Honestly, this appears to be more about you whining because you posted first but your post has been closed and Massimo's hasn't...


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That particular close reason is simply a variation on your question is not on-topic. As long as the motto still is: Server Fault is a question and answer site for professional system and network administrators. That close reason can still stand. The alternative is to simply phrase it both more bluntly and generic as something along the lines: ...


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Without the "Professional Capacity" aspect to our mission, I fail to see a difference between ServerFault and SuperUser. SuperUser: Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. ServerFault: Server Fault is a question and answer site for professional system and network administrators. Do we really want to be a mere ...


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My recommended edit: Questioners must have required access to fix the problem. Questions must be posted by someone with access to diagnose and debug and to apply suggested fixes. Also, some questions are more appropriately addressed to an OEM/VAR or to the party that manages or warrants the hardware/software in question. We recommend reaching out to ...


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There are two issues here. The problem is highly unlikely to be linked to your hypothesized problem. You're failing to connect the dots between what we've been telling you and the probabilities surrounding your potential faults. Yes, it is odd that the VPS provider is reporting "used" RAM that isn't 'used' according to the OS. The VPS provider has a ...


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This is a software development question. It might fit on http://Stackoverflow.com, but I consider it a bit too basic to just migrate it over there. Please check with their help center to see if the question is welcome and if yes, post it there. Also, please read our help center before posting here.


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We don't accept web panel question. This topic had been covered a lot in the past and wont change today. I think whether I have root access to my server or not is irrelevant. To answer you on that, I could ask you in example, can you provide a wireshark from the server side to diagnose the error ? I'am not a Linux admin, but the fact you don't have ...


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The appropriate thing to do with repetitive, boring novice questions is to close them as a duplicate of the appropriate canonical question. If we are lacking a sufficient canonical Q&A, we need to make one (which shouldn't be hard, right?). We do, however, have a problem in that the canonical questions are not visible during the close process, and you ...


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If the only reason for closing the question is "Because it was asked by $USER", this is a bad thing. I certainly hope nobody is going through a user's profile putting close votes on all their questions just because they were asked by that particular user - that would be grounds for a "review queue time-out". On the flip side, if the questions do not meet ...


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If you're concerned that the OP might be confused as to why they're being directed to that question feel free to leave them a comment explaining why their question is off-topic, and what about the duplicate may help them. As for why historical significance questions continue to exist, this should be self-evident: They have Historical Significance. The ...


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I frankly think that one of the strengths of the original non-professional close reason was that it did (or could) apply to the poster, and not just the post. To be totally honest, some people are simply well beyond help, and many of them come here to spew their garbage questions at us. A lot of people, while not spewing useless garbage onto the front page,...


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Yes, for the majority of users on SF, this distinction is important for several reasons. Browse through meta.sf to get the picture, this is a regular topic here. It boils down to "We are not the helpdesk for the internet". Our target audience are professional system administrators exclusively and we have certain expectation of users participating here that ...


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Your question was closed because it it not about MANAGING information technology systems in a business environment. Your question looks like your're trying to learn about developing web pages with C# and other http technologies which are more topical on Stack Overflow.


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I'm of two minds on this. Mind 1: If it was good enough, why didn't the close-voters vote to migrate it? It's a target after all. Mind 2: Makes sense. Sure. By referencing it, we open the door to cross-posting. We already get occasional flags from people sniffing around the site looking for crossposted content from SU, UL, and SO. This would make that ...


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So what are you trying to accomplish, exactly? I mean, here's your example: It got deleted in under two hours and never got an answer. Closing it would've accomplished nothing; all closing does is prevent answers and make questions eligible for deletion. Sorry if that comes off as patronizing; we've had this discussion a few times over on Stack Overflow,...


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