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Where do I ask odd systemd questions?

We like interesting IT questions. You can certainly ask complex or unusual questions about how various aspects of systemd work. But to be sure you get a good answer, you should include as much detail ...
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New "Mainframes" Proposal — PASSED

This is one of those areas where logical and emotional approaches give different answers. Logically, much of what mainframes deal with is entirely topical here and we welcome them. Emotionally, they'...
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email forwarding services - on topic?

Yes, questions to learn about what criteria to apply when searching for a service are on-topic. You should make it extra clear that you are not looking for specific recommendations.
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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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New "Mainframes" Proposal — PASSED

Background: Long ago at University I was a mainframe user and spent some time learning about the IBM and compatible systems the university had and a bit about their operating systems. Later (but stll ...
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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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New "Mainframes" Proposal — PASSED

There are a lot of terms and phrases there I've been happy to forget since moving on from mainframe ops. Without commenting on the specific questions, in theory mainframe questions in general are ...
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New "Mainframes" Proposal — PASSED

Are the example questions predominantly on topic (and welcome) on Serverfault No, I don't think so. Several of them are shopping questions (eg "Where can I find free online IBM Mainframe Manuals and ...
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Can I ask for help on choosing a load average threshold?

Yah, seems like you've done your homework. Go ahead and ask. Be sure to provide as much detail as you can, including your thought process and what you've already tried to implement thus far.
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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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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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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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New "Mainframes" Proposal — PASSED

So my question is: are topics that won't fit serverfault (too broad, too basic) combined with inherent community a good reason for an own site? Or would these questions be automatically "bad, should ...
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New "Mainframes" Proposal — PASSED

The proposal has already passed, but I'll give my $0.02 anyway. The mainframe is quite unique in that it jobs roles are often quite distinct, but solutions cross these boundaries. To solve a problem, ...
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