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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, ...


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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 ...


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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.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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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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.


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Whats really being taken in consideration to close a question? Whether five people chose to click 'close' or not. That's it, that's all - nobody has mind-reading powers to figure out what people thought and inconsistencies come into play all the time. This place is a democracy - sometimes you're going to be upset, and trawling through the accounts of ...


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This is really three questions: Is it acceptable to edit a question that got closed before any answers were accumulated? Absolutely. To be blunt, if it has no answers the question was probably closed because it was crap. The comments may even be asking you to edit it so it's a good question and we can answer it. Fix it and let us know so we can reopen it ...


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I'm not sure about the others who voted to close, but for me it sounds like you're trying to get your iPhone to connect to your wireless router at home. As per the first section of the FAQ, ServerFault is not the place for anything about home networking.


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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 ...


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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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Anyone with 3000 reputation on Server Fault can vote to close a question. 5 such votes are required to close a question. 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 ...


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While I did not do so, I would have voted to close this as well. Looking at the description of the close reason It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. For help clarifying this question so that it can be reopened,...


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Why do people mark a question to be closed without any note/explanation? There was an explanation from Chris S, that you even commented on yourself. If you read the links in Chris's comment, you'll see that a "shopping" question is basically any question where someone gives a list of requirements and says "Find me a product". I do not think that any (...


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The question you asked (Why is my question a shopping type of question?) has already been thoroughly answered by Mark Henderson, so I'm going to address the question you didn't ask -- How can I ask this question without it being a "shopping question"? General Advice Your question is currently a shopping question because you are asking, essentially, for a ...


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Interesting question. I was fairly heavily involved in your original question, both in answering it (to try to demonstrate that the entire question was founded on incorrect data) and I then voted to close it (since it increasingly seemed to be unanswerable once the error was removed). I'm not sure how you could "heavily edit" that question without making ...


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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 ...


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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. ...


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Specifically Re: the Jungle Disk question, half of this question is unanswerable in any meaningful way. Are there any known vulnerabilities with recent versions of Jungle Disk including 3.16? If I say "no" right now, 12 March 2012 15:08:59UTC the answer is valid for exactly 1µs, at which point John Q. Hacker finds a security hole and releases a zero-day ...


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My two cents: I think there are two types of questions at play here: Basic, Unresearched & Not Valuable questions ("Hey you guyses! I'm admining a Linux box! How do I show what programs are running!") should probably be shot in the head. ServerFault is unique among the SE sites in that we're geared toward professional system administrators, and there is ...


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This sort of thing makes me feel that ServerFault is turning into Wikipedia, with some people spending more time looking for questions to close than engaging them. It has plenty of answers and upvotes (as well as plenty of close votes). It's hardly like the community here trolls for things to close. That said, there is a /review section for 10k users to ...


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It was likely closed to due a strong smell of shopping, specifically the 'if-exists' subtype, which we're sensitive to around here. While there may be a single such module, if there is more than one then we're into subjective territory and it becomes a bad question.


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If you look at the Server Fault FAQ it says: What kind of questions can I ask here? Server Fault is for Information Technology Professionals needing expert answers related to managing computer systems in a professional capacity. If your question is about… Server and Business Workstation operating systems, hardware, software and ...


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I have asked 5 questions over a period of many months, and all have been closed/deleted (all unfairly in my opinion) ostensibly by "community" (read moderators). The last part of this statement is flat out wrong. There has only been one moderator involved in a closing of your question, which was me, and only after the question had 3 non-moderator votes on ...


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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, ...


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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.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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