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Yes, this FAQ is good enough. Approved.


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One important point that a lot of us seem to be completely missing is: Sysadmins do NOT always have the luxury of choosing the hardware/software! It certainly is nice to be able to choose the best gear for the job at hand. But that is not always possible. My situation is that our company is supporting on a professional basis, many small business clients ...


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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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Working Draft Server Fault is for System Administrators and Desktop Support Professionals needing expert answers on topics related to managing or maintaining computer systems in a professional capacity for their company or clients. If your question is about… Servers hardware Operating Systems, including linux windows-server-2008 freebsd solaris Server ...


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No, it needs more work. This text has some flaws that still need to be worked out. We need more revisions. If you have specific problems, add them as a comment. Though, for extended debate on specific points, another meta-question or chat-transcript is probably a better choice.


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Strike "No exceptions." from the "Anything in a home setting" line Anything in a home setting. No exceptions. While I'm all for the sentiment the reality is that we DO deal with things in a home setting in the course of every-day corporate support -- See for example this meta question asking if it's OK to ask about VPNing in to the office from a ...


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No, this needs more work. Rejected.


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As I already stated in a comment: I actually thought the FAQ covered this pretty well. Questions pertaining to "domestic/consumer grade" devices are not automatically off topic. Quite the contrary. The very vast majority of businesses use such devices. It's only the medium and upward businesses that can justify the expense of "enterprise grade". It's not ...


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Yes, this is good enough. It's good as is, no revision-round needed. Approved.


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I have to admit that I am really really glad to see answers trending towards permissive on this question. Frankly I am starting to get worried about a mindset that seems to want to find as many ways as possible to rule a question off topic. And then "burninate" or "baninate" or kill it with some insane amount of overkill. We're starting to sound a lot like ...


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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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Sure, this seems like a good candidate for the canonical Q/A pair: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/01/the-wikipedia-of-long-tail-programming-questions/ Help us build a great library of canonical answers. If you keep seeing the same form of questions, whether it’s mod_rewrite rules on Server Fault, freezing computers on Super User, or how to use ...


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Sorting all questions or just those with a specific tag is some help, but I'd also like to see what John's asking for - a list of questions that we've decided are Canonical - an excellent answer to a recurring question, one that we'd refer to when closing very similar questions.


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I think that links to tags are good, even if we don't use tag formatting. So I propose we create links to tags where we can. It will give users a quick way to look at example questions. So, for example If your question is about… Server and Business Workstation operating systems, hardware, software and virtualization Enterprise storage systems Network ...


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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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In the comments on a question about the new answer votes, Robert Cartaino said: The dedicated site for announcements is the blog: blog.stackexchange.com. If that does not provide enough detail, there is a "Recent Feature Changes" list: Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange Beyond that lies meta.Stackoverflow, which gets into the ...


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Alternate Working Draft (fixing grammar) Server Fault is for System Administrators and Desktop Support Professionals needing expert answers on topics related to managing or maintaining computer systems in a professional capacity for their company or clients. If your question is about… Servers hardware Operating Systems, including linux windows-server-...


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A note about process The FAQ is an amazingly important document (questions live and die by the text in it), and we need more opinions than just the regulars. We really do need everyone, preferably everyone who voted in the mod-election, to weigh in. To do that, we'll need to put up some message banners. As we had this election recently, I wanted to give ...


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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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I see them as shopping questions and vote to close them as off topic. If someone ever posts a question with enough information to be answerable I may view it differently but that hasn't happened yet.


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This is a multi-disciplinary problem, so a ComWiki pointing to similar question/answers on the other two sites would be good. If we can find a few candidates on SO, that'll be critically needed. In the hunt for this, you might try dropping into some of the SO chat-rooms and ask the collective consciousness for recommendations of good answers to link to.


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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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Add the following (or something similar) to the part about our sister sites: We have sister sites: ... All these sites are part of the StackExchange network, which covers a broad range of topics. Reason: I believe most new users don't understand that SF is part of a whole network of sites, and with this line we make the reference explicit, not just an ...


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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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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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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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