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Where can I ask questions about web hosting control panels?

Unfortunately Server Fault is unable to support web hosting control panels for a variety of reasons. But you may still be able to get help at: Your Service Provider If you are using a web hosting ...
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Question about ReadyNAS being inaccessible was put on hold as "off-topic" — what to do?

Let me start off by first welcoming you to ServerFault. This community exists for the sole purpose of sharing knowledge and helping each other. We use the Q/A format to accomplish this goal. The ...
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Is IIS exempt from the ban on "web control panel" questions?

IIS is a web server like Apache, which happens to have a 1st party GUI control panel to control the web server. This is not at all comparable to cPanel etc.
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Cisco router recommendation

Unlikely to be on topic. Your very expensive consultant should be able to answer immediately whether or not the device you want has the feature you're after, and is compatible. After all, if they're ...
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Is purpose evaluation required for answering a question?

There's no separate rule for banning policy circumvention, it comes under the banner of "professional sysadmin". We don't consider it a professional behaviour to attempt to circumvent organisational ...
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Off Topic Migration to Security Stackexchange

We can't add more targets to the migration list (it's an arbitrary hard limit set by the SE staff). The sites currently on the list (SO, SU, U&L, DBA) are much more important. Some stats for ...
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Why should questions about interactions between my server and bots off-topic?

We don't accept web panel question. This topic had been covered a lot in the past and wont change today. I think whether I have root access to my server or not is irrelevant. To answer you on ...
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Is a question about configuring a server admin panel off topic?

The wording here is a little ambiguous. I understand why end use of panel software would be out of scope. However, configuring these panels does require sysadmin knowledge, and would otherwise be in ...
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Question about ReadyNAS being inaccessible was put on hold as "off-topic" — what to do?

The close reason I chose is: Questions should demonstrate reasonable business information technology management practices. Questions that relate to unsupported hardware or software platforms or ...
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VirtualBox cleanup

The tag is not necessarily evil, but I have no doubt this is a hotspot for off-topic questions. I intend to go through them on a case-by-case basis a bit, and I suggest other non-moderators do the ...
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Where do questions regarding labs for enterprise equipment & software belong if not SF?

My reasons were thus: It's a home environment. Even if it is supported by VMware, the configuration you propose is not something that any sane sysadmin would ever implement. If you want to lab out ...
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In which way my question was off-topic

I wouldn't hold my breath. It took a fair bit of effort to get administration panels explicitly put into list of forbidden topic on here, and they are off topic. Not that having an administration ...
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Are 'best-practice' questions on-topic?

I'd probably have to see the actual question to offer an opinion on its suitability. But in general, system administration best practices are (or should be) well known, not usually disputed, and thus ...
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Thread closed as off-topic - perhaps some slack needed?

Our community approach to content moderation, especially close-votes, recently was enhanced by a change that allowed three votes to code instead of the old standard of five votes. This means that ...
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Why should questions about interactions between my server and bots off-topic?

You appear to be operating under the misapprehension that questions are assessed in some isolated, sterile environment, free from any influence of the past communications of the asker. This is an ...
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Configuration management questions

Such things are generally in the overlap between our topicalities. You'll get answers on both, but they are considered topical here. I've even asked them.
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Why is this question off topic here?

Read the yellow box. OP doesn't tell us anything about his environment. It can be reopened when it is improved.
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Question about ReadyNAS being inaccessible was put on hold as "off-topic" — what to do?

I really can't see what you were expecting of us. You told us you did something and then basically screamed HALP!. You would be very much better off asking this question of the manufacturer.
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Where do questions regarding labs for enterprise equipment & software belong if not SF?

You can rent a server from OVH (others too probably) for about 100USD per month, they list ESXi as a virtualisation environment they have available for preinstallation. The setup above is much closer ...
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Happy X-Mas to all!

thanks to you, and you too, happy new year my friend! /// I think this question should be closed, cos we have now 2017...
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Question considered off-topic

Because trying to use a non-powershell command line on a 17 year old, unsupported Windows server is the poster child for the reasonable information technology management practices close reason.
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Request adding Raspberry Pi stack to off topic site list

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 ...
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Is not mentioning business environment equal to off-topic?

No, you don’t need to explicitly mention a business environment. Please be aware that the Stack Exchange software only allows for a limited number of pre-defined close reasons. Questions on ...
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Are questions asking about reading metadata business questions?

This question would be rejected for being about a server running DirectAdmin, a web hosting control panel. See Where can I ask questions about web hosting control panels? for further information about ...
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Why is this question off topic here?

However the close reason is clear and just, it seems a bit odd to put this under "off topic". The question is just lacking details, but that would be more of an "unclear what you're asking" type of ...
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Question considered off-topic

This is a case where Stack Exchange's desire to be nicer leads to confusion. I forget the explanation of why it's nicer, but details of why a question was closed are hidden from anyone with less than ...
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Configuration management questions

I wouldn't classify Jenkins as a configuration management tool. The ServerFault consensus about Jenkins is that most question are about using it as development tooling and therefore much more ...
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Topicality: What should be done with "hobbyist" firmware questions?

Some companies have many employees working from home. There may very well be a professional system administrator administrating the computer they use for that. And it may also be the case that for ...
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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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Question is off topic, where to put it or how to improve?

If I had seen it, I probably would have closed it as being primarily opinion-based: how to explain something in a non-technical way is heavily dependent on the person you're explaining it to. The ...

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