We should ruthlessly close questions which are inappropriate for us, though I have a plot twist:
A few weeks ago I had a discussion with one of the Webmasters moderators, who expressed interest in having questions like this migrated there. They are especially interested in receiving questions about shared web hosting, control panels like cPanel and Plesk, ...
I propose that we rip off SO again, and that this close reason be rewritten as follows:
Questions seeking installation, configuration or diagnostic help must include the desired end state, the specific problem or error, sufficient information about the configuration and environment to reproduce it, and attempted solutions. Questions without a clear ...
Yes, I want code highlighting.
This has been enabled, and at this time these tags inherited syntax highlighting and have it enabled.
The tags below have inherited code highlighting but it is off by default.
Yes, nuke it.
Bump: I've started the cleanup of this tag. If anyone else would like to assist, please feel free. Please perform your edits in small batches so that the front page doesn't stay inundated with these edits.
Entirely justified, though regrettable. The kinds of things they ship our way are usually in the small-operator area that's always been a problem for us.
The surly target-market http://sysadmin1138.net/mt/blog/2012/09/08/surly-target-market.png
The green area is where most developers (though not all, which is where things get complicated) reside, and those ...
New "Not A Professional" close reason
Questions must be relevant to professional system administration. Server Fault is a site dedicated to professional system and network administrators; questions by end users or enthusiasts are off-topic (you should contact your system administrator, or hire a professional to help you out). Please see the Help Center ...
This is a particular set of broken windows that is long overdue fixing.
I think though it depends on where you are sitting as to whether your Panel question is topical or not.
If you are using a Panel to administer a host then you are driving a web application. This is not system administration within the meaning of Server Fault and your question is not ...
This is the nuclear option. If all else fails, it will be the solution.
That said, I'd like to try a few other things first, and see how they work out.
First off, we have a gigantic backlog of questions with pending close votes on them. Many of these may need to be closed, but few should be migrated. A recent change to how migration works removes that ...
As a DBA mod I am receptive to this with no hesitation, I only ask that people who do choose to migrate consider our FAQ.
When moderator-only migrations occur, it is often discussed with the mods beforehand, specifically because there may be some hesitation between both parties, especially so in our case, as early on we did not appropriately define our FAQ....
You are right, that is one area that the scope is not defined. Well, the very critical distinction of our scope, at any rate. I believe you are correct, that the wording in the Ask a Question side-bar:
Be adjusted appropriately:
Is your question in a professional context, and relating to servers, networking, or related infrastructure?
The drop of '...
Enable it extremely selectively on tags where the content of a code block has a high chance of actually being code.
For instance, enable these:
lang-sh - bash sh shell-scripting
lang-vb - vbscript
But, leave most everything else disabled.
Our mysql postgresql sql-server questions should be more configuration and errors than SQL syntax; lang-sql would be ...
The answer to this question is complicated, and has a lot to do with the depth of the /review queue on Stack Overflow.
The large rise in rejected migrations is coming as questions with 1-2 close votes on Stack Overflow are being dredged up and migrated by the badge-seekers.
When the question gets here people look at it and someone puts a close vote on it, ...
One thing is certain: without an attendant increase in the close vote review limit, this would only result in the close review queue length increasing.
Putting questions on hold is not a panacea for the quality of questions on this site, though it is a step in the right direction. We can also vote them down, and encourage good Q&A with upvotes and ...
I believe that the issue about professionalism is just as much reflected in the presentation of the question as it is the content of the question. New users are going to write their issue in the box and never click the link tucked away on the right side pointing towards "visit the help center" or "asking help". Why? Because you click on links related to ...
These tags are sufficiently generic as to not be all that useful. It's a concept, not a specific technology, and isn't the kind of thing we'd build a tag-community around.
Nor are they common enough to warrant blacklisting, so probably should be periodically gone-through and retagged with more specific items. That said, we could pretty easily alias header ->...
Seems sensible - We may want to wordsmith the language a little more (A much-shortened version of How can I ask better questions on Server Fault?) but I'm in favor of enabling this now and refining the language later (we all know nobody reads the manual anyway :-)
From the Better Late Than Never department...
Starting with the next build, we are going to underline the links both in posts and in comments:
(Ignore the content in the screenshot. I don't have SF's database up locally, so this is MSE with the Server Fault skin.)
Keep an eye out for rev 2014.6.12.1659.
In the true spirit of "better late than never"... I just pushed a change that will add a border to the blockquotes similar to what's proposed here, but a bit more lightweight:
This change applies to both Server Fault and its meta, and will be live as of rev 2014.5.21.1619.
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 ...
Q&A for professional system & network administrators
Not as serious, but gets the point across:
...not a dumping ground for SO questions
After reading more on the background of where this question came from, I don't think any amount of subtitle change is going to prevent bad questions from landing on SF. Using this bad ...
Since the idea seems to have been well-received, I've turned this feature on. Feel free to log out and verify that it works...
So how will we know if this has had any positive effects? Here's some baseline data on questions from new users:
week Questions Bad Good PctNewUserQuestionsBad
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I recently stole Jon Skeet's excellent check list and modified it for use on Server Fault. I've left a link to it in quite a few comments recently and on a several occasions people have responded positively to it. Perhaps it (or something similar) could be used?
I think this has the advantage over @voretaq7's excellent How can I ask a better question ... ...
HOW SERVERFAULT DEALS WITH SHOPPING QUESTIONS
Should I deploy Windows Server or RHEL?
What’s the best hardware firewall on the market?
Which monitoring solution should I deploy?
What cabling should I go with?
Which CLI tool is best for this?
Which hosting provider is the cheapest for my VMs?
These questions may seem tolerable at first glance. Isn't it our ...