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I handled that, so I'll tell you why I did what I did: It's on topic here. It might also be on topic at Unix & Linux, it might even be more on topic at Unix & Linux (for the sake of argument, say), but at the end of the day, since it's on-topic here, there's just no good reason to move it. There is a fair bit of overlap between some of the Stack ...


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"Do not do it again" is an order (an imperative statement), not a threat. A threat would be "If you do it again, I'll come to your house with a cream pie and throw it into your face while shouting, 'Mit Schlag!'" Or some other statement that included potential consequences. Moderators are allowed to make imperative statements. As for whether or not it'...


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I don't see any outright insults here on the part of naktinis, at least as far as I would be insulted, but your comment was also completely unnecessary and outright wrong in the situation. To recapitulate: The question was in a nutshell "how are these commands named, I forgot". The complete answer to this is nginx_ensite and nginx_dissite. The link Michael ...


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As it happens, someone else also flagged this answer, as "not an answer", before I came to read this post, and I handled it by converting the answer to a comment. I have to agree with Sven that this answer doesn't rise to the level of rude and abusive. It doesn't even appear to be on the same continent. I have to disagree, however, that it has any use as ...


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I don't understand at all how anyone can consider this as rude or abusive. It's not particulary helpful, that is true, but it's not rude and it's not abusive. You might have flagged this as "not an answer", but even that is not really true because the answer is factually correct - a disconnected system can't be attacked via the network. Become a valuable ...


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I really don't see anything too specific about this question. It does seem to be written from the standpoint of a non-professional however: I'm not convinced he knows what an ISO is from the question. In terms used in the close reasons, this falls somewhere between not demonstrating minimal knowledge of the system he's using, and the "professional" ...


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The flag declination was absolutely appropriate. This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether That is the flag reason you chose, and it's incorrect. The answer does attempt to answer the question. It may not be a high-quality answer, but ...


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A duplicate is a duplicate regardless of age. It's true - more frequently newer questions are flagged as dupes of older questions, but in this case it wasn't appropriate. The dupe question for yours is a canonical QA as to why one-click installer stacks (WAMP, XAMPP, etc.) are inappropriate in a professional sysadmin setting. HopelessN00b found your old ...


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I didn't see this question, but I agree with leaving it on Server Fault. Here's why: Our target audience is professional system and network administrators. At some point, most of us will have to learn more of how our operating system scheduler works than a simple hand-waving "it's smart, it multitasks" which may suffice for our non-technical users. This ...


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I hadn't had a coffee yet ... In such cases, you can help by making the situation more obvious. Leave a comment below the answer or use the "other" flag reason and explain there.


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For what it's worth, I'd already voted to close it as off-topic, and although two respected moderators have said otherwise, I secretly continue to think it's off-topic, pretty much for the reasons you mentioned. But I also think that's not a good reason to flag it. There's already a mechanism in place for regular off-topic questions; you vote-to-close, it ...


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Your post was closed as "Unclear what you're asking" because, at the time, it did not include a question. It was a statement. Post-edit, there is now a question, however it is not one which is answerable by the standards of the site. We don't deal in "ideas", we deal in specific answers to specific, reproducible problems. There isn't enough information ...


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I was the mod who declined this flag. I tend to set a pretty high bar for accepting NAA flags, because I don't want to slam the door in someone's face for trying to answer a question, especially when here on ServerFault, we often try to answer the question people are really asking. Digging deeper into the context of the (large and annoyingly repetitious) ...


5

Questions about web server configuration are very on-topic here. I agree with the declination of your migration flag.


5

Just for completeness, I declined both of these flags because: In both cases, the answers could easily be improved by editing them, and this is not something you need a moderator for. Also they stand well enough on their own, that even if the links went dead they would still be useful. Iain has covered these points pretty well, so I won't belabor them.


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First off: Flagging link only answers is the correct thing to do. You may also edit the answer if you're so inclined. Second opinions can differ but in this specific Q & A I would most likely have declined the flag too, because : The answer is 5 years old Not every old Q & A is worth judging to current standards. The answer is Accepted by the ...


5

First off, these are really old question and answers, which makes inertia important (It is not useful to pick through everything in our history for stuff that no longer fits with our current viewpoints). Regardless, the first answer does have another answer than the links it posts: The questions you're asking are answered in the hier(7) man page. Read ...


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I would like to throw in my 2 cents here (I am sorry), as I get the feeling that people are talking past the posed question(s). Talking past the question for a moment: Let me pre-face it quickly by saying that I personally think this is all an exaggerated response. The moderators response was not overly harsh, and the way he perceives the comment is wholly ...


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First, let me thank you for taking the time to translate and edit the original post! It's appreciated, even if it turned out to be unused in the end. That said: The most important reason your flag got declined is that the new question already has an answer and we can't move the answer over to the old question. But I would have denied the flag anyway ...


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The types of posts that NAA is for are things like commentary on the question or another answer, "I'm having this problem too", asking another unrelated question, random waffle, and complete gibberish. The vast majority of valid NAA flags are for posts by people treating SF as a forum, rather than a QA site. The flag name is "Not An Answer", not "Wrong ...


4

As the volume of RPi question is low please flag for a migration if you think it's worth a migration. Our other close destinations are more used and in my own opinion are more related to ServerFault itself. By having destination that are related to us we target more user that posted there but for some reason(s) are on a gray line with our on-topic subject. ...


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Yes, the very low quality flag is available only for posts scored 0 or below. In any case, you can't flag that answer because I already deleted it.


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Both of those answers are valid and will remain valid even if the links go dead, all someone has to do is go looking based on the information provided. They are absolutely answers and should not have been flagged NAA. There are lost of things you could have done with out flagging ... You could have gone looking and found an online version of the hier(7) ...


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Was the comment insulting? No. There was nothing there that was objectively insulting. In my opinion, a reasonable person should not be insulted, and the comment shouldn't be removed on grounds that it is offensive or insulting. Was the moderator abusing their power? No. It was a comment. Comments are transient and deleted all the time. Suggestions ...


3

As Mark's answer says, the bounty won't be awarded because you haven't awarded it, you haven't selected the answer as being correct, and the answer isn't at +2. As for the not an answer flags, I dismissed one, another moderator did the other one. Although I can understand why it was flagged, when a moderator is handling the flag, choosing "Decline" makes ...


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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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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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You don't have to award a bounty, and I don't believe that currently the answer meets the criteria for the bounty being awarded automatically. From What is a bounty? How can I start one? in Server Fault Help: If you do not award your bounty within 7 days (plus the grace period), the highest voted answer created after the bounty started with a minimum ...


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One of those did show up as a low quality review. I voted Looks OK, because the question asked where an explanation can be found and the proper answer to that question is a link. And I don't know any better answer to that question, than the first of the two links provided.


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This question is in a bit of a grey area, as it fit both here and on U&L. Leaving it here or migrating it would be equally OK in my opinion.


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