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As I write this, there seems to be a general movement towards "don't need one", with which I agree. But if we decide not to, I think we should reserve the right to have one later in 2013 if it proves needed. That is, instead of saying "we don't need one now, the next one will be January 2014", we say "we don't need one now, so we won't have one now; but we'...


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I wouldn't take it personally. I have it on good authority that the guy's just a prick. But, he's a prick who's going through a massive tag cleanup effort at the moment, so he probably bumped into a group of your old questions because of their tags. I'd venture a guess that upon reviewing those questions with the site's current topicality rules in mind, ...


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From the times when I am active, I don't think we need any more moderators at the moment. The average flag handling time is quite adequate. However, I know that when I am on (GMT+11) is basically the quietest time on the entire site, so your mileage may vary if you're on when the rest of the world is awake.


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Michael, I am truly saddened by your news but heartened that you are able to deliver it to us yourself. I hope that your continued treatment works, is not further complicated by the Covid-19 crisis and that you are returned to good health. I've learned so much from your participation here at ServerFault, I hope to learn so much more. Thanks and Good Luck ...


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If our current mods are happy to continue and they don't see a need for an election then I don't believe we need one. The bunch we have now are doing a terrific job, so why rock the boat?


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I'm sorry, but that question is not a perfectly fine question for this site. Serverfault is for questions applicable to professional sysadmins. As soon as you run into "sorry, I can't do this the right way because I don't have admin rights on the server", then the question is one for an end-user. That means the question is not appropriate for this site. ...


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The other have addressed your concerns regarding the content of your question. In regard to reporting personal issues with a moderator there is a contact button at the bottom of every page. It links to a form which allows you to contact the Community Team.


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I am not a judge, but the ServerFault community did elect me to help ensure that questions and answers exchanged here meet certain standards. In the case of your question, not enough details were provided. The on-hold reason I chose speaks to this: "Questions seeking installation, configuration or diagnostic help must include the desired end state, the ...


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I read over the question...and you added the bit about not being able to upgrade Fedora 14 after the comments were made. On ServerFault, we expect askers to have some measure of professional experience with the servers/equipment they work on. Fedora 14 is wayyyy out of date and no-one should really be using this. "I can't upgrade this" doesn't really fly ...


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I am standing down. The Server Fault that we have today is not the one I was passionate about.


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The comment in question is this one: Perhaps from your theoretical distance, you can smugly confirm yourself in believing that refactoring this huge, ugly codebase is going to be easier than haxoring rpm to make an ugly frankenrpm. And you're right, it is certainly a far better thing to do, but it is not easier to do. The right thing is usually harder to ...


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Your comment was flagged as being rude and deleted for that reason. Please take note of what we consider acceptable behavior: Civility is required at all times; rudeness will not be tolerated. Treat others with the same respect you’d want them to treat you because we’re all here to learn, together. Be tolerant of others who may not know everything you ...


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The deleted answer to which you link is really just a link to an off site resource and we have a long standing requirement for answers to contain content not just pointers to content. A précis of the remote content with a link for details is acceptable. As an answer it was little more than a comment and that's what it is now. For all we know someone else ...


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As one of the simple users, not even often here, let met thank you on our behalf. Moderators do a ton of work for all of us, and almost all of it is done behind the scene, and they are rarely thanked for it. Thank you for your work, help, and time commitment. Have a good rest, focus on listening to your own body and emotional needs, get all the help you can (...


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Firstly, your question wasn't a question. It was a statement of a problem that you're having. What should our response be? "Cool story, bro. Good luck." What were you expecting as a response to your statement? Secondly, you showed no research or troubleshooting effort. Now maybe it's the case that you've done some preliminary research and troubleshooting ...


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There are two issues here. The problem is highly unlikely to be linked to your hypothesized problem. You're failing to connect the dots between what we've been telling you and the probabilities surrounding your potential faults. Yes, it is odd that the VPS provider is reporting "used" RAM that isn't 'used' according to the OS. The VPS provider has a ...


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No need to get all indignant. You improved your question, Flagged, and now it's reopened.


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This kind of thing happens when you have more than one person doing the moderating. As it happens, the question you linked to was converted to a comment, so the content was preserved. As it happens, we've had long standing differences in the moditorial staff on exactly where the line sits between not-an-answer: burninate and crap-answer: dowvote lives. I ...


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I declined this flag. This is why: So-called link-only answers have long been discussed on the network. Nobody really likes them, as they divert people off-site which is frustrating to them, and the links go bad which is doubly frustrating. They should be expanded into proper answers, converted to comments, or deleted altogether. The post, being a link-...


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I've not deleted the answer, but converted it into a comment. This is what I always do for answers that are essentially links to external resources. In my view, flags should be used to make us aware of spam complete nonsense Link-only answers (to convert them to a comment) answers that are really comments or should be edits by the OP answers including ...


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A comment such as the one Michael Hampton left doesn't need an impassioned reply. You can simply wait until someone else comes by and answers your question, if they are so inclined. Remember that it takes 5 non-moderators to actually close a question. We're a community of people who are passionate about doing things the right way, and for many of us that ...


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Dude. It sounds like you're stressed out--I would be, too, if I were given that task--but this is not how you get people to help you. Especially since, well. Michael Hampton has always struck me as a particularly even-tempered guy, and I suspect I've seen him in action more than you have. Take a deep breath. Check out Nathan C's link to Stack Overflow ...


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Closing a question (same thing as putting it on hold) has nothing to do with being encouraging or not. It's a way to pause activity on a question while issues with it are being resolved. Your question did/does have issues (more on that in a bit), so accusing someone of "taking their angst out on you" is counterproductive - that's deinitely not what ...


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The election is over and we got what the denizens of [SO] voted for. ♪ ♬ Rep rep rep is all you need ♩


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"Cache" isn't taken up by programs. It's taken up by the OS itself. It will hold anything it reads from disk in the cache until someone else needs that memory, literally anything else, so it's just like "free" except it has information that might be valuable. You do not have high memory usage per your own data. Also, there are TWO moderators telling you ...


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It's not a how do I install... question. It's a how do I debug this compilation error question. Most sysadmins will try to avoid compiling $product from source as this generally puts you outside the support loop for the OS you are using. You can no longer take advantage of the herd immunity provided by the official support channels. From a sysadmi point of ...


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https://unix.stackexchange.com/ would have received it well, I think. I believe (though I forget) I may even have voted to migrate it there. Unfortunately, if I am not in the majority when I do it, it says I voted to close it outright. Alas. Certainly, we are not all doomed. However, it's very important to keep the sites on topic, and in the case of ...


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The reason for needing new mods is when we are lacking mods, and the current team is overstretched. IMO, if there are enough mods to do the job, elections are redundant.


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