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Rewriting "minimal understanding"

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 ...
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We should bring back the "question must show a minimal understanding" close reason

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 ...
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Do we consider Bitnami to fall under the cPanel close reason?

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 ...
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We need a custom close reason for web hosting control panels

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-...
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We should bring back the "question must show a minimal understanding" close reason

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 ...
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What can we do to fix the "Reasonable management practices" close reason?

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 ...
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What can we do to fix the "Reasonable management practices" close reason?

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 ...
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What can we do to fix the "Reasonable management practices" close reason?

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 ...
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Remove "Professional" close-reason

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- ...
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Clarifying the "shopping question" close reason

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 ...
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Change the duplicate excerpt

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 ...
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Question closed because it was not in a busness enviroment, but i'm doing it for a company?

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 ...
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Remove "Professional" close-reason

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 ...
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Remove "Professional" close-reason

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 ...
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Proposed close reason: Ask your vendor/sysadmin

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 ...
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Why should questions about interactions between my server and bots off-topic?

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 ...
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What can we do to fix the "Reasonable management practices" close reason?

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 ...
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closed serverfault question

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 ...
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Question closed because it was not in a busness enviroment, but i'm doing it for a company?

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# ...
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Should we refer to U&L in the "managing information technology systems in a business environment" off-topic reason?

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 ...
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What's the best close reason for impossible troubleshooting questions?

Personally, I'd tend to favor leaving them open. We may not be able to offer better advice than general how-to-troubleshoot-crappy-code instructions in order to give it the permissions it requires, ...
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Where do questions regarding labs for enterprise equipment & software belong if not SF?

My reasons were thus: It's a home environment. Even if it is supported by VMware, the configuration you propose is not something that any sane sysadmin would ever implement. If you want to lab out ...
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Proposed close reason: Ask your vendor/sysadmin

I don't think that this is a good thing. We don't have many slots for canned closed reasons and I don't see this being used often enough for it to be given a slot. On top of that it's kinda like ...
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We should bring back the "question must show a minimal understanding" close reason

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 ...
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What's the best close reason for impossible troubleshooting questions?

What HopelessN00b said. I've supported some truly horrible applications. Not horrible from the end-user standpoint--they did the task the end-user needed them to do, sometimes quite well--horrible ...
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Why should questions about interactions between my server and bots off-topic?

You appear to be operating under the misapprehension that questions are assessed in some isolated, sterile environment, free from any influence of the past communications of the asker. This is an ...
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Proposed close reason: Ask your vendor/sysadmin

I like this... Many times, I'll go down the path of helping a poster with a problem, and find that they're not in control of the system they're working on, or worse, trying to bypass the people who ...
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Remove "Professional" close-reason

I opened a new question for "ask your vendor." For the second half of what gets tossed into the "Professional" close reason, I'd propose something like: Questions must be relevant to production (...
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Should we introduce a close reason for old, unanswered and unlike-to-be-answered questions?

Nope! The SE robot does a few things with these. Questions with no upvoted answers are bumped to the front page in pairs at random. I believe two questions are picked every four hours. This is ...
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Minecraft Server Questions--VTC?

Do whatever you want, really. We've basically all saved a good home or dev environment question that we liked by editing out the home or dev environment part, and I see no reason to treat minecraft ...
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