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 ethical, in not wanting to spam SF QAs with consulting solicitations. As a mod, I'm also (perhaps needlessly) even more careful to not solicit consulting gigs than I ...
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 on SF has continued to decline to the point where now instead of a river of crap we have an Amazon Basin full of shit and it ain't getting any better. This is ...
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 tags and where a - should be used or that they are sorted by popularity. For example the fixed and width you cite should probably be fixed-width and they could end ...
It seems like an OK idea, with two flaws:
Sending people email is annoying.
Part of what I like about Stack Exchange is the only email I get is the stuff I sign up for - when sites start sending me "reminder" messages I get cranky and tell procmail to do unseemly things to their messages.
The Stack Exchange inbox is a great place for this, unless the user ...
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 the button again to remove the vote, again within the five minute limit.
You are right, that is one area that the scope is not defined. Well, the very critical distinction of our scope, at any rate. I believe you are correct, that the wording in the Ask a Question side-bar:
Be adjusted appropriately:
Is your question in a professional context, and relating to servers, networking, or related infrastructure?
The drop of '...
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 the quality of questions on this site, though it is a step in the right direction. We can also vote them down, and encourage good Q&A with upvotes and ...
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's database up locally, so this is MSE with the Server Fault skin.)
Keep an eye out for rev 2014.6.12.1659.
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 both Server Fault and its meta, and will be live as of rev 2014.5.21.1619.
Did you provide an email address when you posted your question ? Click on the link
Then fill in the email address and click save
As an aside, if you've asked a question you really ought to do us the courtesy of checking in occasionally, after all it's in your interest to do so.
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 reason would be analogue to the old "questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved", with a little more emphasis on the "you ...
I don't think you should have to register to ask questions.
Frankly the speed bump of registration (especially for the developer types, who probably already have a Stack Overflow account so they can code-by-clipboard for their day jobs) is barely a seam in the road.
I would much rather see an old-school copy-protection style shibboleth based on the about ...
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 go with?
Which CLI tool is best for this?
Which hosting provider is the cheapest for my VMs?
These questions may seem tolerable at first glance. Isn't it our ...
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.
For example, I'll post part of a question I asked on Security.SE that could have been a software rec:
I don't need a list of software (I know shopping ...
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 over there, but this would almost certainly be rejected and I think there is a worthwhile discussion in this topic that is specific to Serverfault.
Your question was asked indirectly, but it was there. An indirect question looks like this:
My thingy is broke. I tried a few things. Have some logs.
Where the "and how do I fix it" part is implicit. Which as you found out, certain of our users don't see as a question and instead see as a statement of experience. Adding an explicit question to the end:
As usual, I'm gonna define a "bad" post as one that has been closed, deleted (by someone other than the author), or down-voted below zero. In the past 60 days,
Registered Unregistered Registered Badness Unreg Badness PctRegBad PctUnregBad
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6853 448 ...
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 before the question appears
Question does not appear on main site
User posts the same question again
Question still doesn't appear
wtf is this shit? And ...
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 be re-examined you should probably open a new discussion on Meta.SE (referencing the overwhelming support on the previous discussion), as this would be a network-...
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, it's now free to down vote.
The only guidance available for down voting is in the tooltip
This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear ...
Regarding your specific scenarios:
Instead of answering, vote to close/flag for closure.
Vote to close/flag for closure.
But in general, yeah, it's a problem that's been around for quite a while and isn't in danger of going away, either. Honestly, it's one of the reasons why a lot of the Server Fault community is quick on the draw with downvotes ...