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Let me start off by first welcoming you to ServerFault. This community exists for the sole purpose of sharing knowledge and helping each other. We use the Q/A format to accomplish this goal. The problem with your question is that it cannot be answered. Troubleshooting has to take place before you'll arrive to the true question. I think your initial ...


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If the question you reference doesn't answer your question then ask a new one. You may want to reference the earlier question and say why it doesn't help you when doing so.


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One thing that you - and everyone else who complains about downvotes - need to keep in mind is that the main purpose of votes is not to give feedback to the person who wrote the post. The main purpose is to tell everyone else who reads the post what the community thinks about it. I keep an eye on a few other SE sites and it's interesting that on ALL of ...


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Currently, three Leave Open votes take a question out of the close queue and begin the aging of the existing close votes, if it had not already begun by the question receiving 100 views. When aging begins, close votes expire four days later. This question received its three Leave Open votes and will remain open unless two other people go far out of their ...


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Server Fault is a site for system and network administrators needing expert answers related to managing computer systems in a professional capacity. cPanel and other panels are generally off-topic: use of those panels isn't really professional systems administration, though setting up the cPanel environment itself may be. cPanel also tends to be the cause ...


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The close reason I chose is: Questions should demonstrate reasonable business information technology management practices. Questions that relate to unsupported hardware or software platforms or unmaintained environments may not be suitable for Server Fault You installed third-party software in an unsupported fashion, which caused your NAS to break. ...


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As Ward mentioned in his comment, Ed mentioned the volume of comments on the post in a chat room I'm also present in. Independently of that, a mod flag was created by the system indicating that the comments on that answer had gone crazy bananas. I felt that the comments on the answer were not about the answer, and locked the post for 24 hours to give the ...


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I think you were right to think that he should have posted a new question. Indeed, if he had not deleted it, I would have rolled back his edit and advised him to post his new problem separately. I don't think you were right to assume he knows how the site works, even after eight years. Since he doesn't have very much reputation, it could be that he doesn't ...


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I deleted your question, for these reasons: It's not really on topic. is not about: consumer workstations or networking (which belong on our sister site, Super User) The tour also mentions this. Don't ask about... Anything in a home or development environment It was reposted from another site, while still being open on the ...


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Naturally, only the reviewers can tell why they rejected the edit. However, I see a major problem which might have lead me to reject as well if I didn't take the time to click through to the original question: You added the text of an error message that what never in the original question and that might or might not have been the one the OP really saw ...


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There's a limit to how much help you're likely to get to improve a questiion. Your initial question here on meta was a good idea - your HAProxy question on the main site wasn't well received, so asking here for ideas on how to improve it is an acceptable thing to do. You got some answers and made some changes. Then you wanted to ask why your HAProxy ...


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I closed the question, so it's only fair that I weigh in. The distinction here is not that cPanel is off-topic per se; good questions involving cPanel are certainly possible. The distinction we make is whether the question involves administering the system as opposed to being an end user of the system. Your original question read as though you were an end ...


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If the old question heavily overlaps with your new question aside from some minor details, then another option would be to simply add a bounty to the old question along with some comments asking for clarification of a particular detail. But the bounty system, does require you already have some reputation on the site.


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My sentiments pretty much echo Ward's, but this was too long for a comment. If you request honest feedback, the community has a good track record of being receptive to that. However, there is a fine difference between requesting feedback and complaining about it. Typically, StackExchange communities with many low quality questions are painted as being "...


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If I had been involved in closing this, it would have been for "unreasonable business information technology management practices". You know all those firewalls, proxies, etc that you were bemoaning? It suggests to me that your company takes (at least the appearance of) security somewhat seriously. Meanwhile, you're downloading random ISOs from, as you ...


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It's hard to tell how many servers you're talking about and how they're used: how many is "lots" of backup servers what do you mean by "slower unstable-online" ? what does "unlikely unavailable" mean? Did you mean likely?


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Actually your question is a bit vague and lacks critical detail. Part 2 can be easily found in lots of places and even on Server Fault with a simple search and a bit of rummaging through the results. The first part lacks critical detail. How are you trying to connect from the client to ServerB:3306 via server A presumably? Have you enabled routing on ...


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I really can't see what you were expecting of us. You told us you did something and then basically screamed HALP!. You would be very much better off asking this question of the manufacturer.


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I just read the question, and I don't understand what you are looking for. I was about to think that you mean backup server, to create a backup, but as I seen the tag haproxy so I guess it's for that product. For me it's unclear as-is. Please edit to add detail.


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I voted to leave the question open when I saw it in the queue, because I thought it was reasonable for various reasons that boil down to what you said at the beginning. It is, of course, subject area which I'm not familiar with really at all. That said, I don't think the process is broken on the whole. Certainly it's possible for five people voting the ...


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I'm sympathetic to VBox questions - we use it in a production environment. There have been multiple discussions here about whether VBox should be used in production and although I think the many comments about it being a boneheaded thing to do are mostly valid, well, that's what I'm faced with for now... That said, I would've voted to close the question as ...


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It is not "obvious" to me that this question is on-topic for Server Fault. Just because a tool's website says "enterprise grade" DOES NOT magically make all questions about that tool "on topic". Conversely just because a tool's website does not say "enterprise grade" doesn't make questions about that tool "off topic". I judge each question based on its ...


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The question fails the "Can this question have one true answer?" test. You were soliciting opinion from a bunch of people about what they consider truth in an attempt to distil your own truth. There may be very good answers, and there is one, but there can never be one Truth answer if you catch my meaning.


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In addition to elements of opinion-based/subjective and product recommendation, it's really broad, so there's plenty of justification for closing it or locking it. When you get right down to it, the answer to "how do you handle patch management" is "with the following product." And, although you can't see it with your rep, that question was locked by ...


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I'm not sure how that escaped notice for so long, why it got so many upvotes, or why it was posted here in the first place. It's very obviously a question for Stack Overflow, and so I've closed it. (Questions older than 60 days can't be migrated.)


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I agree that the close reason appears inappropriate. The fact that there's so many answers (none of which are complete) suggests the question isn't particularly clear, though. Also, as far as I can tell, the question is incomplete or misleading (setting the INPUT policy to ACCEPT shouldn't fix that ruleset). Personally, I'd like to burninate the question ...


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The closed question is too broad because it is insufficiently precise to be answered within the guidelines in the help center. It is asking nine (count 'em, nine) separate questions. The excessive broadness is also nicely demonstrated by the fact that in the four or so years it was open, it gathered nothing that I would consider a complete answer to the ...


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You state: it really isn't a particularly subjective or opinion-based question and yet then state: I'm having a similar issue, and none of the provided answers are proving particularly helpful If it truly wasn't opinion-based or subjective then the accepted answer and/or upvoted answers would work for you in your environment as well. As it ...


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This one failed the "too broad" test, as there is no one true answer and could get a lot of brain-stormy answers. In short, it's focus is very open ended rather than narrow. Questions phrased like: What are some common issues that affect... Do badly here. Questions here need to be about one or a small set of already known issues that we can help resolve. ...


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Oh dear it looks like I wasn't sufficiently caffinated when I dealt with that flag and clicked the wrong option :( Anyway to answer your question - burninate them.


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