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Rest in peace, Michael Hampton

Michael was someone I only knew online, here and through other sites. Among the group of very experienced and widely knowledgeable SysAdmins that he interacted with, he stood out as being pretty much ...
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Rest in peace, Michael Hampton

I have no words. I seen the new yesterday but I still can't find the correct words. I didn't knew Michael in real life, but he was a great mentor there for me. (and possibly for other members). He was ...
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Is there anything useful I can do to help with the massive number of spam posts coming in?

As an admin for Charcoal, the team who develops Smoke Detector as a volunteer effort, I'll pipe in to mention that we can always use more volunteers. This spam wave is not confined to Server Fault, ...
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Is there anything useful I can do to help with the massive number of spam posts coming in?

I'm putting this in as another answer even though it's already mentioned: The most important - most helpful - thing to do when you see spam is to flag it. FLAG SPAM AS SPAM! Downvoting isn't wrong, ...
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Rest in peace, Michael Hampton

I just was thinking about him the other day when writing a question and how much knowledge he had and how helpful he was. It makes me sad to hear about this and wish his family and friends all the ...
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Rest in peace, Michael Hampton

So sad to read this news. I haven't been around as much since everyone left the Comms Room, but he helped me with several of my own questions here over the years. He was so incredibly knowledgeable ...
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Rescind rule on business IT?

On-topic for SF used to be defined as: related to managing computer systems in a professional capacity. It was always hard and somewhat contentious to define what a "professional capacity" ...
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Is there anything useful I can do to help with the massive number of spam posts coming in?

Thanks for the action you do. You can't do much than that unfortunatly, as the spam attack seem to come from different direction. To help during that spam attack the dev of SmokeDetector, a bot that ...
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At what level should we reject edits?

I've been accepting edits of the formatting and cleanup variety because they improve the readability of the answer-as-posted. To me, that's a significant improvement worthy of an edit. Similarly, I ...
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How to handle consistent handholding questions?

We're a Q&A site, answering questions is what we do. If the questions are dupes of existing questions, vote-to-close as dupe and let the system take care of it. I don't think that suggesting &...
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Merge DevOps into ServerFault? (polite for: close down DevOps SE and find the best SE for the freed Q/A?)

When it comes to merging the topic into SF, it seems like an OK fit, but how SF feels about DevOps questions is not the main issue. As was implied by a comment, this is probably something that would ...
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How should I handle dead links on questions/answers?

It depends on what the link is. In the example you pointed out, it was easy to find the up-to-date link to the standard, so I edited the answer to use the correct link. In general, there will ...
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How should I handle dead links on questions/answers?

For dead link it's a long process, but if you find one you can edit to add a web.archive's link. Like in your answer I found that one; https://web.archive.org/web/20190115142142/https://http2.github....
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Let's patch up the [patch] tag!

This isn't a widely used tag, getting under 120 questions after 12 years. But the confusion in there is clear. I'm fine with weeding it, and sorting what's in there between maybe patch-cable and ...
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Rest in peace, Michael Hampton

My condolences, spoke to him in the past quite frequently on the Comms Room, he always very active on Serverfault (always got that answer in before me!). Wish the best for his family, he was very ...
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What to do about URL redirecting tools.ietf.org -> datatracker.ietf.org?

Thanks for the report. The links would need to be updated, but to let you know the site staffs will do it as it impact not just SF, but SO and other sites too. A link to the answer here; Links to HTML ...
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Please silently tag rocky-linux

The only silent-retag tooling available is by staff, not moderators. I've been reviewing the search and there are a number of questions that are already at the five tag limit. This is in part due to ...
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How are easy-to-spot review audits useful?

They are there to catch out robo reviewers.
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Should we encourage edit suggestions to be re-submitted until they are approved?

Ideally, the edit suggestion should also be rejected the second time. Unless a moderator did it, I believe accept/reject still needs at least two people to click that button. That's one structural ...
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Why my comment was deleted by moderators?

Your comment was handled by the community bot directly without any moderators intervention as an user found your comment unkind. I don't know the scan criteria there, as we, moderators, often handled ...
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Where is the best place to ask question about servers but also when "learning new things"?

There are a variety of sites more welcoming of learners: For general Ubuntu-related issues, try Ask Ubuntu For nerdy Linux/Unix related questions, try Unix & Linux For automating management of ...
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Questions about "is this a reasonable practice" and about "home business"

Although there are multiple questions in your post, the main one seems to be: "Does it belong on ServerFault?" Multiple users think it doesn't belong and I agree, so it's closed now, with ...
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Merge DevOps into ServerFault? (polite for: close down DevOps SE and find the best SE for the freed Q/A?)

The core of the answer on DevOps meta - "Merge DevOps into ServerFault? (polite for: close down DevOps SE and find the best SE for the freed Q/A?)": This stackexchange is not quite as dead ...
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