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By and large, the mod team on Server Fault does not "mod hammer" questions, despite our constant joking about it in chat. We certainly do not do so to questions with a large proportion of upvotes (though we may mercy-kill something racking up infinite downvotes). We have a contingent of active users with the Vote To Close privilege, and many of them use it....


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I don't think I'd call it a "FAQ," but I think a long-form version of one specific Frequently-Asked-Question would be good: "What subjects are on-topic and specifically off-topic for ServerFault (and why)?" In addition, I'd like to see some sort of overall "Link to documentation" page. The documentation for how things work on Stackexchange is a disaster, ...


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Personally, I don't think we're ever going to avoid complaints like that because our scope is both absolutely huge and also very narrow. Ultimately, it depends on so much that I think our FAQ is about as specific as it can be without chopping out loads of reasonable questions. So, no. I guess! I suppose, in relation to that specific Meta post, we could add ...


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It actually IS there, in the sections no one, even FAQ mavens, reads: https://serverfault.com/faq#deletion


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I believe it will be useful. We all know that things like that generally don't get read unless people are pointed specifically at it. A select few will read the top-level FAQ and come to wrong conclusions about topicality. In my experience of correcting the wrong-headed, citing the exact bullet-point they failed to read (or comprehend) ends up earning an ...


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No. In addition to the fact that it probably wouldn't do much good, and getting consensus on such specifics won't happen, it's not going to be accurate anyhow, because ultimately, downvotes and close-votes aren't cast by the FAQ or the discussions on mSF, but by the community members who may or may not agree with, comply with, or consider the FAQ and the ...


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wfaulk, I think your original question is a good one. It could have been a shopping question ("what's the best linux distro?"), and we know those are OT anywhere on SE, from the famous "QA is hard, let's go shopping" post. However, that very post notes that while "What’s the best low light point-and-shoot camera?" is a product recommendation request and ...


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No and here are just a few reasons to start with: Impossible to formulate in a way that will ever be accepted by any significant number of SFers, let alone the site owners. Impossible to maintain. With a field that evolves as rapidly as ours it is likely to be obsolete, incomplete or outright wrong before it even gets posted. Cannot possibly cover in ...


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The real FAQ for your site should live here - and you should populate it with whatever questions come up frequently, ideally by transforming one instance. If you can't easily close common questions as duplicates of FAQ entries, there's a problem. It's actually kinda shocking that you're suggesting a long-form site FAQ when there are only 6 questions in the ...


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The wording will be corrected with our next build, thanks for pointing it out. You are correct that you need 5 reputation on the main site in order to participate on the child meta.


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IMO, openended questions basically mean an opening for discussion, and long discussions aren't encouraged on SE (note the little suggestion to take the issue to chat popping up after too many comments?). The format is to ask good questions, and receive good, fast and detailed answers, instead of conducting group research into an issue, because a discussion ...


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This was somewhat covered in the comments on your answer to my question about the SF dynamic, but I wanted to repeat it here: The problem isn't that we don't want any questions from developers (gasp! developers!!), the problem is that the type of questions developers often ask don't fit well here. A canonical example would be a developer who's throwing ...


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We tried to come up with something better before. The big problem is that Server Fault's audience is: [ Senior | Junior ] ( System[s] | Network | Database | Security | Application | Infrastructure ) ( Engineers | Administrators | Technicians | Operators ) That's 84 titles if you want to enumerate all of them. And those are just the common titles. We could ...


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It's been proposed any number of times to allow moderators to accept an answer on behalf of a user. This has also been shot down the same number of times. The rationale is that accepting an answer is meant to indicate which answer was most useful to the person asking the question, while community consensus as to the "best" answer is expressed through votes. ...


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