I wouldn't take it personally. I have it on good authority that the guy's just a prick.
But, he's a prick who's going through a massive tag cleanup effort at the moment, so he probably bumped into a group of your old questions because of their tags.
I'd venture a guess that upon reviewing those questions with the site's current topicality rules in mind, ...
Let me start off by first welcoming you to ServerFault. This community exists for the sole purpose of sharing knowledge and helping each other. We use the Q/A format to accomplish this goal.
The problem with your question is that it cannot be answered. Troubleshooting has to take place before you'll arrive to the true question. I think your initial ...
It looks that your question might have been a good fit for http://webmasters.stackexchange.com, since it has little to do with professional system administration and much to do with hosting a website. You should check out their FAQ, of course, but I think that site might be more in line with what you do.
When a question is closed, it's important to act on it right away. A closed question with a score of zero or lower can be automatically deleted after nine full days if it is not reopened. And the best way to have your question noticed for possibly reopening is to edit it; a closed question which is edited is automatically queued for review.
In this ...
After a question was recently closed the poster of said question started downvoting posts of everybody participating in the closure of his question.
Is such behavior considered appropriate?
No, it's not. Report it (like you did with this thread), and the mods will take a look. It's been a while, but I recall there being a suspension category for this kind ...
Assessing the continued development probabilities of an open source project is very much a soft skill and not all professional systems administrators have it. Unfortunately for you, this kind of assessment doesn't have any hard and fast rules, so the answers are going to be entirely subjective. This makes the question too broad.
I'm going to be extremely blunt, because it's after midnight here and I'm cranky:
In short what's wrong with your question is that instead of including all of this relevant information that you decided to post on meta in a great fit of offense you chose to throw a turd against our window and then asked us to use Google for you.
The Google part I can forgive (...
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Anyone with a gold tag badge in one of the question's tags can cast a binding close vote for the duplicate reason. (Only one vote required to close.)
Moderators (like me, with the diamond after their names) can cast binding close votes ...
Server Fault is a site for system and network administrators needing expert answers related to managing computer systems in a professional capacity.
cPanel and other panels are generally off-topic: use of those panels isn't really professional systems administration, though setting up the cPanel environment itself may be. cPanel also tends to be the cause ...
The close reason I chose is:
Questions should demonstrate reasonable business information
technology management practices. Questions that relate to unsupported
hardware or software platforms or unmaintained environments may not be
suitable for Server Fault
You installed third-party software in an unsupported fashion, which caused your NAS to break. ...
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 ...
I deleted your question, for these reasons:
It's not really on topic.
is not about:
consumer workstations or networking (which belong on our sister site, Super User)
The tour also mentions this.
Don't ask about...
Anything in a home or development environment
It was reposted from another site, while still being open on the ...
Yes, it has been downvoted and will most likely be closed. This is because your question is unclear and therefore unanswerable.
You should try reading How to ask a better question and consider revising your question.
I didn't touch your question, and didn't even read it until now, but I do want to make the following observations:
First, the question says nothing about bandwidth delay product, TCP slow start, or any other relevant issue. Thus it's perfectly reasonable to assume that whoever asked the question is ignorant of these issues.
Questions asking for product, ...
We routinely close home user questions. The text of the close reason is quite clear (my emphasis)
"Questions on Server Fault must be about managing information technology systems in a business environment. Home and end-user computing questions may be asked on Super User, and questions about development, testing and development tools may be asked on Stack ...
You are correct that your question is not off-topic. But, it also doesn't show any details or research on your part. It has several lines of exposition, followed by a single short question: "How do I do XYZ". Please have a read through How can I ask better questions on Server Fault?
On a side note, I know the answer to your question...
I closed the question, so it's only fair that I weigh in.
The distinction here is not that cPanel is off-topic per se; good questions involving cPanel are certainly possible. The distinction we make is whether the question involves administering the system as opposed to being an end user of the system.
Your original question read as though you were an end ...
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 something, do it as you would in production, or as close to it as possible. Trying to shoehorn an enterprise-class hypervisor into a workstation-class ...
Apparently, there is a way that a user can agree that a question is indeed a duplicate before the five votes or the mod hammer are in.
In that case, Community♦ will be blamed for the closure.
Can we clarify to the OP that their question is not yet closed and the duplicates are only suggestions?
This quote is taken directly from the page meta.SE page you linked to:
Server Fault is for Information Technology Professionals needing
expert answers related to managing computer systems in a professional
So it appears you read some of that answer, but not all of it.
Now, your question is not a bad question. It's just off-topic for Server ...
If I had been involved in closing this, it would have been for "unreasonable business information technology management practices".
You know all those firewalls, proxies, etc that you were bemoaning? It suggests to me that your company takes (at least the appearance of) security somewhat seriously. Meanwhile, you're downloading random ISOs from, as you ...
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 incorrect assumption.
While it's true that the questions, as written, do not include direct reference to a management control panel, the questions were closed, I ...
You can rent a server from OVH (others too probably) for about 100USD per month, they list ESXi as a virtualisation environment they have available for preinstallation.
The setup above is much closer to the kind of environment you will have in production. It will help you understand the issues better and will not add unnecessary layers of complexity. More ...
You may delete your question (the closest thing we have to withdrawing it), or leave it "on hold" (converts to "closed" automatically after 5 days), but honestly your question, while "primarily opinion based", isn't a bad one. It's even got an upvote on it and two decent answers.
I don't see any reason for you to delete it.
Cross-posting is generally frowned upon when your question is open on one site, since the community there sometimes will migrate it to another site. In this case cross-posting just creates duplicates that someone has to come and deal with. If the question is closed as off-topic, though, it can be re-posted on a more appropriate site.
Unfortunately, Server ...
As TheCleaner pointed out, this is "too localized" for Server Fault.
Since we don't know what your company does (the advice for a medical services company or DoD contractor will be substantially different from a company that sells coffee mugs), or what each employee you're intending to speak with does (different job roles require different briefings - the ...
The correct way to do this is to flag the question for moderator attention and ask for a review and possible re-opening in there.
Posting on Meta is also perfectly fine; it will get attention here, but much slower than a mod flag.
If you flag for re-opening, and your flag is declined, then Meta is also the correct place to get attention to your issue.
I'm sympathetic to VBox questions - we use it in a production environment. There have been multiple discussions here about whether VBox should be used in production and although I think the many comments about it being a boneheaded thing to do are mostly valid, well, that's what I'm faced with for now...
That said, I would've voted to close the question as ...