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I would say yes. Systems administrators can also use vagrant for testing our own environments. Say you want to test your puppet manifests against a known standard configuration - you could vagrant up an entire testing system environment. Additionally, part of a systems administrators job is supporting the systems that the staff use. Vagrant still falls ...


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Yes, you should have to register to ask on SF. In addition to that, our registration page should have a subset of help/on-topic on it. Then there's no reasonable excuse for people to have no clue.


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I generally VTC those types of questions with "not professional" because he did not provide all the information out of the gate to begin with, signaling that the OP has no idea what he wants and instead fishes for ideas. The entire point of Q&A is to ask a well defined question and get a well defined answer from someone who knows how to do it ...not have ...


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Thanks for asking here jwerde, asking on the meta sites what is and is not on topic is always welcome. They will have their own set of rules for what precisely they do and do not like to see in a question, but the SuperUser site is probably the best place in the Stack Exchange family for general IT/Support type questions. There's some cross-over between ...


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Assessing the continued development probabilities of an open source project is very much a soft skill and not all professional systems administrators have it. Unfortunately for you, this kind of assessment doesn't have any hard and fast rules, so the answers are going to be entirely subjective. This makes the question too broad.


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I don't think you should have to register to ask questions. Frankly the speed bump of registration (especially for the developer types, who probably already have a Stack Overflow account so they can code-by-clipboard for their day jobs) is barely a seam in the road. I would much rather see an old-school copy-protection style shibboleth based on the about ...


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The answer to your question is a thoroughly convoluted "It Depends" -- mainly on what you mean by "IT support". As a general rule, Server Fault is for asking about equipment that you support for other people (in a professional capacity). We generally expect that people asking questions here are "the sysadmin" or "the IT department" and have already done a ...


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Travis CI isn't a service used by system administrators, but by programmers. It's therefore more appropriate to ask questions about it on Stack Overflow, where you'll find hundreds of questions already.


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None of the wording is better - they both raise the same problem and have the same answers. The second one is obviously not indexed by Google. They are then duplicates and you create work for the community in having to close them as such. I don't think it would be particularly difficult to reword/extend the original question to add to the honeypot. That's ...


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This is a topic I've been mulling over for quite some time, and I'm not sure I have a good answer. Nonetheless... The vast majority of vagrant usage is by developers, orchestrating development environments or to otherwise automate the handling of VirtualBox VMs. Yes, vagrant can be used with vSphere or any number of other public clouds, but as womble ...


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With only 6 questions that mention it we're not exactly a hot bed of wildfly knowledge so I'd say no, you're better off leaving it where it is where there is a larger body of knowledge. It also looks to my unknowledgeable eye pretty much like any other java error dump and therefore a case of rolling up your sleeves and debugging it.


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Yes, it has been downvoted and will most likely be closed. This is because your question is unclear and therefore unanswerable. You should try reading How to ask a better question and consider revising your question.


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Such a question would most likely be considered a request for a product recommendation and closed as off-topic: Requests for product, service, or learning material recommendations are considered off-topic on serverfault.com because they attract low quality, opinionated and spam answers and the answers become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe the ...


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It's kind of the same as VirtualBox or *AMPP. If you are preparing/deploying for other people then yes, on topic. Otherwise you are running close to development and SO is likely a better place. It's not like they don't have a body of vagrant knowledge, they have 4000+ questions tagged as such. Sure we can and do use vagrant for a variety of sysadmin tasks ...


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Without seeing your actual question it is difficult to tell but my feeling is that it won't go down well. Why can't you call/email Fluke and ask one of their sales engineers?


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Sure, go for it. Make sure you read the help section so that you understand what our expectations are. We don't do tutorials. The best SF questions are well-researched, reasonably-scoped, and well-articulated. Good luck!


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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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The fastest way to get rid of bad questions is to close them and make sure they have a downvote. Here are some ideas for searching for bad questions... #1 - Closed questions with no answers and no upvotes In this previous post, I suggested searching for: closed:1 migrated:0 answers:0 score:0 (Note that score:0 matches only posts with score=0, whereas ...


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A better question than "Can I ask my question here" is "where can I get good answers". I'm not convinced you will get good answers for questions about youtrack here. While there might be a few questions here, the questions and the few answers they have are of low quality.


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You are currently not blocked from participating in the site in any way. You were last blocked in December 2013; it would have to have been a very very serious, moderator implemented incident for it to last 6 months. Just be careful, as it's not very hard to get back onto the automatic block list if more of your questions are poorly received.


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I was one of those who voted to close, so I suppose that I should respond. Firstly, the other question you reference is an old question (Oct 2010), and SF's rules on topicality have changed over time. Moreover, a moderator has since marked it off-topic as well, so that argument holds no water. As to why I found your question off-topic, it was because this ...


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What does it mean for a question to be closed? When a question is closed, no additional answers may be posted to it, although the question and existing answers can still be edited (by users with edit privileges or by suggested edit) and voted upon, and will continue to count for badges. The asker of a closed question may still accept an answer. Closed ...


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I think requiring registration could help to prevent fly-by questions but only if done like Voretaq said with a q&a for first time users of the site. There's that fine line though between being welcoming to potential long-term experts and keeping the riff-raff out. Personally, I like the idea of requiring new accounts to be asked a few basic questions (...


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Cross-posting is generally frowned upon when your question is open on one site, since the community there sometimes will migrate it to another site. In this case cross-posting just creates duplicates that someone has to come and deal with. If the question is closed as off-topic, though, it can be re-posted on a more appropriate site. Unfortunately, Server ...


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I'll give my opinion as a Linux and HP specialist... There are reasons HP have support matrices and limit what operating systems run on their hardware: Support: Hardware manufacturer support is important in a business environment. Even if you don't think it's necessary, coworkers, successors and the company MAY care. Predictability: Known platforms to ...


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


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The tooltip, when you hover over the downvote arrow, says "This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful". That's the closest you'll get to an authoritative answer as to why anyone downvoted a question or answer, absent a comment from a downvoter. My thoughts on why I might downvote them, if I were in that sort of mood: "do ...


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You yourself can't. But moderators can. You should be able to flag your own question for moderator attention: in need of moderator intervention A problem not listed above that requires action by a moderator. Be specific and detailed! Please be aware that questions older than 30 days can't be migrated and we'll not always honour such requests ...


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A user posted an answer and then self-deleted it. The post would still have been active today if a moderator had deleted the answer, as well. When you reach 10,000 reputation, you will be able to see deleted questions and answers.


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I haven't reviewed all the questions, but I think one of the issue is in this: If a SysAdmin has a question regarding Vagrant, it will probably be on-topic. Like Mark Henderson states, it may be used by Sysadmin to test a configuration management and many more scenarios. However, if a end-user comes and ask a question, then he thinks SF is his SysAdmin and ...


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