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I almost made this a TL;DR intro to my other answer, but I think this is a standalone way of looking at most of the "problems" with ServerFault that we've been discussing lately: Most* of the regulars want ServerFault's focus to be on professional system administration. One thing that all professional sysadmins do is figure things out: we learn how things ...


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What is the purpose of ServerFault? Is it to be a country club golf course for elite cream of the crop IT? Or does the definition of "Professional IT" include those who work for MSPs or for small businesses, who frequently have a limited scope of experience? I think you're right in comparing the site to a country club, and this is something I have a problem ...


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Frankly, I'm seeing a great deal of wheel spinning lately over what people want this site to be that it currently isn't. Some of this is within the context of what SF says it wants to be, but the rest basically amounts to SF would be useful to me if it were X. SF is not useful to everyone, nor can it be. I feel that a great deal of our problem stems from ...


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I am on here because of these policies. I only turn to serverfault when I cant find an answer to a problem I'm facing or there is something I dont understand. I assume a certain level of knowledge from the people I'm talking to, and its nice to know the people replying are profesionals and tend to know what they are talking about. On the other hand it can ...


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I've always felt - from as far back as Usenet before the word spam was coined - that if you want to get something out of a community, you HAVE to participate in it. One one level, that's obvious hyperbole - someone can come here, create an account, and ask a perfectly good question or post a good answer without any prior activity on the site. But in most ...


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Before going through old stuff looking for things to vote on, I strongly suggest keeping an eye on the front page in order to help keep it clean. This is how I approach voting and I (of course) highly recommend it. Upvote questions which are clear and well-written and should, in your opinion, have more eyeballs on them. If you answer a question, it almost ...


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I'm not entirely convinced that SF is failing at all. Traffic to sites ebbs and flows. There is a lot of content here which will come up in searches, and novel, sane questions about things actually relevant to administering a production network do get asked, answered, and upvoted. Things like conceptual questions about a technology, or questions about a ...


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I think the problem is we made our scope too narrow. Why does the NetworkEngineering stack exchange exist? We should have asked for that content to be here.


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