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What should we do with questions about Vagrant?

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 ...
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How should we deal with "slow-motion trainwreck" questions?

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 ...
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Should I write an answer and have it closed immediately as duplicate as an effort to provide more access points?

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 ...
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It's ok to ask the question about Travis CI?

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 ...
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What should we do with questions about Vagrant?

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 ...
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Will my SO question be appropriate on ServerFault?

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 ...
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Can I ask for a comparison between two specific testing tools?

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 ...
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What should we do with questions about Vagrant?

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 ...
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Can I ask for a comparison between two specific testing tools?

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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Is a question about installing Apache modules on topic here?

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-...
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Moderation Review Request - Apache Question

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 ...
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what is the status of my ban?

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 ...
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Upgrading Youtrack

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 ...
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Is this not the right Stack Exchange site for my question about accessing URLs through their IP address?

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....
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On hold vs closed questions, what's the difference?

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 ...
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Can I ask for advice on a problem with a server if the OS I'm trying to install is not on the support matrix?

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 ...
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What's the issue with my questions on Ganglia?

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 ...
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Moderation Review Request - Apache Question

Questions about web server configuration are very on-topic here. I agree with the declination of your migration flag.
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Can I migrate a question to another Stack site?

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 ...
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Active question from a user, but without activity?

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 ...
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What should we do with questions about Vagrant?

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 ...
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Any way for a non-moderator to see site statistics?

At 25,000 reputation, users gain access to various analytic data, including selected data from Google Analytics. Users with access can visit site analytics to see the data. At 10,000 reputation, ...
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What to do about new users posting useless answers only to make themselves known?

You have all the tools you need to deal with this on a case by case basis yourself. If an answer is useless then simply downvote it. You could also consider protecting the question to stop it from ...
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Can I ask for advice on a problem with a server if the OS I'm trying to install is not on the support matrix?

As HBruijn says, it's likely that you'll end up with the answer "don't do that" - or that five non moderators will consider that this question falls afoul of the "unsupported" close reason. Also, the ...
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What should we do with questions about Vagrant?

I've tossed enough comments in so I thought I'd summarize my arguments in one place. Pro argument: Vagrant is an admin tool for managing environments My response Nonsense- out of all the admins ...
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