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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 resource (e.g. shared hosting or VPS) provided by someone else and need help with the control panels to manage it, first contact your service provider. If the ...


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Ok, I'll bite. We need a "You have no idea what you are doing, hire a professional" close reason, but without sounding as condescending as that. ServerFault is supposed to be for professional sysadmins. Well meaning novices/amateurs/non-sysadmins-tasked-with-sysadmin-tasks should be and feel welcome, but for people who are a mile up shit creek without a ...


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Throw this question into the sun.


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Pre-Filled Reason #1 Questions about hardware or software used in a home setting are off-topic because they require answers that may not be practical for the business and support professionals here. Questions about home or personal environments may be appropriate on Super User instead.


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New "Not A Professional" close reason Questions must be relevant to professional system administration. Server Fault is a site dedicated to professional system and network administrators; questions by end users or enthusiasts are off-topic (you should contact your system administrator, or hire a professional to help you out). Please see the Help Center ...


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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 problem with your question is that it cannot be answered. Troubleshooting has to take place before you'll arrive to the true question. I think your initial ...


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This not a professional variant refocuses on the question, not the user. (Blatantly borrowed from SO) Questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include attempted solutions, why they didn't work, and the expected results. See How can I ask better questions on Server Fault? for further guidance.


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Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye, Three days have passed. Since then: 30% of our >10K users have voted to delete that question, independent of the vote going on here. 22 upvotes for sun-based disposal 4 upvotes for 'send it back from whence it came' Showers of hate upon 'Leave it'. Based upon this, the question will be ritually tossed into the sun. Which is ...


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Not a Professional Server Fault is a site for professional system and network administrators. Your question does not appear to meet our standards for being asked "in a professional capacity", possibly because you are not a professional system or network administrator, or due to lack of research. Consider updating your question with what you have tried/...


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I like: Needs Additional Research Server Fault is a site for professional system and network administrators. To best assist with your issue, please try doing some of your own research and make an educated attempt at resolving it first then asking a question with more detail, such as including relavent log files and/or configuration details. If you're not ...


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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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If it were my choice, I'd just hit the delete button on it here and be done with it. Yes, by today's rules it is off topic both here and on Stack Overflow. I don't feel it adds any useful information to this site, or any on the Stack Exchange network. It goes no way towards the Stack Exchange mission of "make the internet better" and as such should simply ...


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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 expensive they should know their shit. (The last sentence was only slightly sarcastic). And even if he can't, a Cisco sales rep should be more than happy to help....


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I'm not sure about the others who voted to close, but for me it sounds like you're trying to get your iPhone to connect to your wireless router at home. As per the first section of the FAQ, ServerFault is not the place for anything about home networking.


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Pre-Filled Reason #3 Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve.


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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 migration in the last 90 days: SU: 152 U&L: 79 SO: 37 DBA: 18 SEC: 4 When you think it's really necessary to migrate, raise a flag (the mod might ...


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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 policy. If your question shows evidence of that, it will be closed as off-topic. If your question is XY problematic, and further clarification reveals ...


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From my reading of his question I did not see any reference to "home" or "developer" or any of the other hot-button close justifications. What I saw was someone inexperienced in Apache asking a legitimate beginner question. Yes, what he was asking probably could have been found in documentation, but the question that I read was reasonably well put-together. ...


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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 scope. The ambiguity is by design to some degree (or at least, so is my belief). Web panels around here are almost as popular as spam and malware. I was ...


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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 unmaintained environments may not be suitable for Server Fault You installed third-party software in an unsupported fashion, which caused your NAS to break. ...


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If you look at the Server Fault FAQ it says: What kind of questions can I ask here? Server Fault is for Information Technology Professionals needing expert answers related to managing computer systems in a professional capacity. If your question is about… Server and Business Workstation operating systems, hardware, software and ...


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Home use questions are Off Topic because this is the considered decision of the SF community. SF is for IT Professionals wanting answers to questions in a professional setting. If you read the faq then you'll see that it says ... and it is not about… Anything in a home setting This barrier is a protection for SF without it we would be ...


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You could conceivably ask any IT related question on SF and expect to have it answered but that is not our mission. Let's take Windows 7 as an example If someone says How do I use $applicaton on Windows 7 then depending on the application it could go to SU or SO (or possibly elsewhere). If someone says How do I deploy $application across my estate then ...


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No, these are not automatically off-topic by virtue of using consumer-grade solutions. See What's off-topic; anything in a home setting, or anything that was designed for home use? - MikeyB's answer actually has direct discussion of consumer routers. But that doesn't make any of your points any less valid. If it's home use or has a strong odor of home ...


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It was likely closed to due a strong smell of shopping, specifically the 'if-exists' subtype, which we're sensitive to around here. While there may be a single such module, if there is more than one then we're into subjective territory and it becomes a bad question.


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First, SE didn't make the changes, the Moderators did. Second, as Falcon mentioned they're "cleaned up" versions of what the community thought were the most needed close reasons. We had to fit a certain format. I'm sorry you apparently missed that we were taking suggestions for the last month for the new close reasons: New close reasons - Proposals (July ...


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The appropriate thing to do with repetitive, boring novice questions is to close them as a duplicate of the appropriate canonical question. If we are lacking a sufficient canonical Q&A, we need to make one (which shouldn't be hard, right?). We do, however, have a problem in that the canonical questions are not visible during the close process, and you ...


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If you're concerned that the OP might be confused as to why they're being directed to that question feel free to leave them a comment explaining why their question is off-topic, and what about the duplicate may help them. As for why historical significance questions continue to exist, this should be self-evident: They have Historical Significance. The ...


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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 same. Since the close queue is growing, though, it might be nice to have a moderator assist to slam some of the clearer ones closed once they have a couple votes....


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Whenever an old question pops to the surface I treat it no differently than if it was posted today. If it's off topic now I vote accordingly. In the early days of SF the guidelines had yet to be placed and there was considerable tolerance for some questions simply because nobody was sure just what to to with them. I see no reason to use that as an excuse for ...


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