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Ok, I'll bite. We need a "You have no idea what you are doing, hire a professional" close reason, but without sounding as condescending as that. ServerFault is supposed to be for professional sysadmins. Well meaning novices/amateurs/non-sysadmins-tasked-with-sysadmin-tasks should be and feel welcome, but for people who are a mile up shit creek without a ...


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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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Pre-Filled Reason #1 Questions about hardware or software used in a home setting are off-topic because they require answers that may not be practical for the business and support professionals here. Questions about home or personal environments may be appropriate on Super User instead.


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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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By and large, the mod team on Server Fault does not "mod hammer" questions, despite our constant joking about it in chat. We certainly do not do so to questions with a large proportion of upvotes (though we may mercy-kill something racking up infinite downvotes). We have a contingent of active users with the Vote To Close privilege, and many of them use it....


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This not a professional variant refocuses on the question, not the user. (Blatantly borrowed from SO) Questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include attempted solutions, why they didn't work, and the expected results. See How can I ask better questions on Server Fault? for further guidance.


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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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Write your own answer explaining what you/Microsoft did and then accept it.


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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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Because questions are meant to be based on real problems. This is not a real problem at all, it was a joke and a mistake. There's nothing to be solved here. The same should apply to "why no ipv5".


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Not a Professional Server Fault is a site for professional system and network administrators. Your question does not appear to meet our standards for being asked "in a professional capacity", possibly because you are not a professional system or network administrator, or due to lack of research. Consider updating your question with what you have tried/...


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I like: Needs Additional Research Server Fault is a site for professional system and network administrators. To best assist with your issue, please try doing some of your own research and make an educated attempt at resolving it first then asking a question with more detail, such as including relavent log files and/or configuration details. If you're not ...


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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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Is ServerFault just for moderators? Obviously, I'm being dramatic for effect, but the moderators came off as smug, snippy and snobbish, and gave the vibe that they want to keep the site for themselves. No. Server fault is for professional system and network administrators. As such, we have a minimum standard for professionalism, and for the effort that we ...


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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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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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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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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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It isn't that bad really, and a quick re-write would fix it. It would be better if you could re-forumlate it so that it didn't rely so heavily on me having to read the tutorial. For example you could have included the postfix/doveconfig config setting the PATH. You also asked the wrong question 'is this blog wrong', your questions should be asking 'how do ...


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Pre-Filled Reason #3 Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve.


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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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Lets take a look at the close reason for a second. It's impossible to objectively answer this question; questions of this type are too open ended and usually lead to confrontation and argument. What makes a domain "premium"? is a very opened ended question, which would tend to lead to people discussing what exactly premium is. Then on we go to the fact ...


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To start with, just a pet peeve, and not really relevant to your situation, but vmware is a brand name, not a product. Secondly, I sympathise. Our FAQ is currently about 3 years old and has hardly been touched since day 1, even though the site has evolved, and we are in the process of rectifying this. Thirdly, I would challenge how your question fits in ...


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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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