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👋🏻 Hi Server Fault community, I’m the founder of Octopus Deploy. I’m a developer by background and started Octopus in 2011 as a project in my spare time. We’re bootstrapped, not VC funded, but we have grown to the point of employing 75 people. We’re mostly an Australian company but employ folks in the US and UK too. I won’t insult your intelligence - we’re ...


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There are 23 such links on the site. Quite a few, but it's well within the size of an (unofficial) community cleanup operation. The Wayback Machine can be used to obtain links to snapshots (except that it's currently down for me). If it's a pretty popular site (I didn't hear of it before, but I'm by no means a domain expert), chances are high most of the ...


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Question and Answer count Thanks @user620588. The number of questions that are asked versus the number of questions are answered may indeed make a metric to determine the site health. That graph shows a steady decline in the absolute number of questions asked and answered on ServerFault. So by that metric the site is in decline and has been for years. 2020 ...


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Oh, please do not reset it to 5 while reviewing anything. This change has been such a massive improvement that going back to 5 even briefly would just bring back all the old pain. Questions are actually starting to get closed and reopened again in more reasonable timeframes, though with all the high reputation people who have left that may not be saying a ...


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Are there things other than 3-vote close impacting your interest in reviewing? The UI changes that increase the number of clicks required to do common tasks certainly hasn't increased my motivation levels to wade through the review queues.


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The reputation requirements exist largely to provide at least a small chance that new users will have learnt the basics of how to use the site before they're given extra privileges. The fact that you wanted to answer a question posed in a comment, when that isn't what comments are for, suggests that the system is working as designed.


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This site is for professional system administrators, very few of whom are likely to be five years old. Also, we don't really do "explainers", because they're not a good fit for a question-and-answer format -- they tend to require "essay length" answers, at the very least, and tend to breed a lot of discussion and "OK but what about.....


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Some of you may have noticed the Meta Stack Exchange post - Testing three-vote close and reopen on 13 network sites (it's linked in the featured on meta sidebar) - we've finally got this project under way and Server Fault is one of the sites we'll be running the test on. Starting tomorrow, I'll be changing the site setting and closing and reopening will ...


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Our community approach to content moderation, especially close-votes, recently was enhanced by a change that allowed three votes to code instead of the old standard of five votes. This means that three different people misread the intent of your question, which in my opinion is spot-on topic; we don't spend enough attention on the problem of bringing deeply ...


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It definitely helped, yes! Items spend less time in the queue and they are processed before they age out... It would be interesting to see the number of items that aged out of the queue before vs now.


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I Agree to Everyone, 3 is a nice number which does do its job. It's DEFINITELY helping, yes. Did this help? -YES, Definitely Did it Hurt? -Only those, that are Spamming this Site with Off topic - So IMHO No ;-) Did it make you more interested in close/reopen reviewing? Less? -I agree that, it will be more interested than it would be on Five. To be ...


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From this moderator's point of view the change has been beneficial. Flag-volume is mostly not an answer issues, and is leaving the questions alone for the most part. Once in a while I'll see one requesting a migration to someplace not on our list. The number of low quality on questions has gone down. Given our volumes the 3 vote limit is much more likely to ...


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I always thought it was kind of silly to require someone who has a high enough reputation to edit a post themselves without approval from others must get approval from others to approve someone else's suggested edit. One of these days I'll be bored enough to go look for why that is still a thing. In the meantime I went to the suggested edits queue and got ...


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I haven't been tracking the review-queues for various reasons, thanks for bringing up the lack of community involvement in the edit queue. That's one a moderator can help clean out with less controversy (our votes are binding, for everyone else you need a vote-count) than the close/re-open queues.


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Going over the questions recently tagged lamp, I've got to say I can't see that it adds any value. As such, I'm having trouble imagining how a "lemp" tag is going to fare any better. Can you provide (as an edit to your question) example tag wiki text which would explain when the use of the tag is appropriate and valuable?


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And then it’s hilarious when specifically this post gets bumped to the front page by ♦️ Community...


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Yes, not sure what I was thinking there. I've reopened it. Sorry for the mistake.


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Is this an exclusive sponsorship?


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Link-only answers are answers: Your answer is in another castle: when is an answer not an answer? Overall, the guidance on NAA flags is confusing and is not readily accessible to users or to moderators and here on SF, there have been contentious discussions about it in the past. I suspect different moderators will respond to NAA flags on link-only answers ...


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As long as the two forms are semantically identical, and you note that the original has been modified for readability, I don't think there's any major problem.


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My approach to link-only answers depends somewhat on what it's linking to (rando blog posts are not cool; vendor docs more so), as well as whether the linked-to resource directly answers the question, or just gives info which, with sufficient other context, could be assembled into a useful answer. I'll usually convert-to-comment on the question rather than ...


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Even though the question is acceptable here, I think flagging it for migration is a totally valid choice and ideally shouldn't be considered a failed review. Unfortunately, this is not the first time and won't be the last time that a question chosen by an algorithm wasn't a good choice for a review audit. When SF had a more active community, several active ...


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You have all the tools you need to deal with this on a case by case basis yourself. If an answer is useless then simply downvote it. You could also consider protecting the question to stop it from being used in a similar manner in the future. Beyond that, there is likely little that can be done.


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In general, StackExchange isn't the right place for very broad "how do I set up (whatever system)?" questions. ServerFault has at least 2 - arguably 3 - close reasons for overly broad questions, so you wouldn't be wrong to conclude that this really isn't the right place. Your question was badly received because it's very broad. How to set up your ...


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My impressions as a new user here: Many questions are RTFM-questions. People claim to have read the manual, yet the manual clearly answers their questions. Lack of research or understanding. People may be good programmers, but that doesn't help them solve networking problems. Most questions are by new users with minimal history. This leads to a few ...


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You have 11 questions in total. 6 of them are closed. 5 of them are deleted, all of the deleted questions have downvotes. Question bans and what you might be able to do about them are explained in the answer to this question: How can I remove my ban on asking questions?


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I like the idea as it’s a bit like the canonical question we have for licensing question, but this one would be more specific to design question. It’s better for the asker to use such canonical than to close as to broad IMO For the answer I would write under a Windows’s section some facts; like; The licensing mode of Microsoft that allow two VM for one ...


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YOU CAN'T Dead things have no useful health measure. When was the last time the Close votes queue was empty? Or, for that matter, when was the last time someone reviewed anything in the Close votes queue? Several times this week I've gone down the questions sorted 'Newest' and 'Active' and what a disappointment. I used to find at least one or two juicy ...


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I waited long to answer you as I'm uncertain for that one. I'm in between, as it could mean two distinct thing, but I see your case where each are used interchangeably. From my understanding filter mean more like a proxy, spamassasin, or help on a system that filter request (ex; how can I filter email on exchange ?), while filtering are more indept, like ...


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An ideal question that receives upvotes here will spell out a clear problem statement and show effort in researching that problem before posting here. Most of your current question body focuses on figuring out the nature & host name of a machine you already identified as different from the one you are looking for because it did not present a matching ...


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