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How to handle situations where a user needs professional support and you are willing to provide it?

Agreed, this is a touchy subject, and I appreciate that you are bringing it up. There are many barriers in place: both technical and ethical. Technical, in that we don't have a PM feature, and ...
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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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Should the rep requirement for creating tags on Server Fault be raised?

Yes increase the reputation requirement to create tags. Most people with only 300 rep probably don't quite get how tags are supposed to work. People tend to forget or not know that spaces separate ...
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Can I unvote/remove a downvote or upvote I gave?

You can change the vote for five minutes. After that, the vote can only be removed after the voted-upon question or answer has been edited. This is by design. If you accidentally voted, just click ...
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Can we increase the number of close-votes per day?

One thing is certain: without an attendant increase in the close vote review limit, this would only result in the close review queue length increasing. Putting questions on hold is not a panacea for ...
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VirtualBox tag warning

Yes please. Now. Do it now. NOW NOW NOW.
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SF needs its own "Shopping" link

HOW SERVERFAULT DEALS WITH SHOPPING QUESTIONS Should I deploy Windows Server or RHEL? What’s the best hardware firewall on the market? Which monitoring solution should I deploy? What cabling should I ...
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Change style of Links

From the Better Late Than Never department... Starting with the next build, we are going to underline the links both in posts and in comments: (Ignore the content in the screenshot. I don't have SF'...
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Request to add visual difference between blockquotes and code blocks

In the true spirit of "better late than never"... I just pushed a change that will add a border to the blockquotes similar to what's proposed here, but a bit more lightweight: This change applies to ...
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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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Should ServerFault loosen its tie and start allowing "Shopping" questions?

I'm not sure we should 'just say no' on this one. Crap questions are gonna be here. However, there is some really niche, hard to find software out there, that other sysadmins may have come across. ...
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Splitting questions into difficulty categories

First, the site is not designed to do this and if you want to propose a feature along that line, you would need to ask a question on the general StackExchange meta site. I could migrate this question ...
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Are commercial placeholder domain names not blocked here?

They should be blacklisted here. But the blacklists are site-specific, not network-wide. They're also not something moderators can touch, so someone from Stack Exchange would have to add them.
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Feature Request: Question Approval Queue

There is only a very small number of users who actual actively look at the review queues. What I see happening is this: User posts question User does not read the notice about how there is a wait ...
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Notification of edit by the author on a post you downvote

This has been proposed before, and is status-declined by Jeff. Personally I agree with you, and so do the majority of folks commenting on the original Meta discussion. If you think the issue should ...
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Should ServerFault loosen its tie and start allowing "Shopping" questions?

No, it should not. We have enough crap questions on the site without opening up this can of worms. Pls halp to server, I wanting to make emails. Which program is recommended?
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SF should use the "interesting" home page

I, For One, Welcome Our New Insect Interesting Overlords
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question downvoting

It used to cost the person who down voted a question 1 fake internet point. It was determined that this was sufficient to stop people from down voting questions that really needed it so for questions, ...
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I think it's time to update the "We are Offline" BSOD

But Windows XP runs fine! Why do we need to update just because Microsoft says it's end of life? Besides, nobody will recognize that error message. And we'll have to retrain the help desk.
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Should the rep requirement for creating tags on Server Fault be raised?

I baited a friendly and unsuspecting Community Manager just now. The request to increase rep minimum (to 1000, or failing that, 1500) for the tag creation privilege has been made and received.
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How to deal with questioners that don't accept your appropriate answer?

Regarding your specific scenarios: Instead of answering, vote to close/flag for closure. Walk away. Vote to close/flag for closure. But in general, yeah, it's a problem that's been around for quite ...
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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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Reputation -10: User was removed

This is not because you were removed, but a user who upvoted you (granting you 10 rep) was removed, and with that all the rep the user has spread will be removed as well.
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Can we increase the number of close-votes per day?

I've set the limit at 50 per day, making Server Fault consistent with other large sites on the network.
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crossposting: How to deal with question asked twice on other stack exchange sites?

If the question isn't a complete waste of electrons, V-t-C migrate to the more appropriate site, and then it can be closed as a dupe. Adding a comment to the to-be-migrated question linking to the ...
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Can we increase the number of close-votes per day?

Bumping this. Given recent events it's possible we need this now more than ever. I've burned through 20 in an hour today alone, and our close queue is steadily increasing. I'm in favor of an ...
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Should ServerFault loosen its tie and start allowing "Shopping" questions?

I think if you do that, you're just setting the site up for the marketing & sales departments of various vendors.
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I think it's time to update the "We are Offline" BSOD

But but. I LIKE THE CLASSIC BSOD! CHANGE IS BAD!
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I think it's time to update the "We are Offline" BSOD

We could randomize between all of 'em with a smidge of javascript? Old BSOD New BSOD Linux panic ESXi PSOD OS X Panic Old Mac - the bomb restart dialog or sad mac boot fail screen? Crash screen from ...
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Can we have more "Suggested Sites" for question migrations?

We had a lot of arguments over that in past years. ServerFault is unusual in that we have five such targets, but we managed to get them. The problem at its core is a simple design philosophy: ...
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