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What to do with the "rm -rf" hoax question
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Undelete the question and edit it to explain the situation.

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Should I delete a question where the answer turned out to be a hardware problem?
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22 votes

The second option is more useful. Sometimes "Replace the hardware" is the correct answer. To make it even more helpful, add information that lead you to test this angle.

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Can I unvote/remove a downvote or upvote I gave?
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You can change the vote for five minutes. After that, the vote can only be removed after the voted-upon question or answer has been edited. This is by design. If you accidentally voted, just click ...

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Would it be ok to create a second SF account in order to ask questions which cannot be related to me?
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I see nothing in the legal documents that would forbid creating a secondary account, but you would need to contact the SE staff for a definite answer to the legal part of this. If you do it, the ...

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Duplicates with open bounties
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My view: A bounty should not be an excuse to treat a question differently. If necessary, mods can remove the bounty (including a reimbursement of the rep spent), so when in doubt, flag for mod ...

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Can I ask a question with a higher level of abstraction?
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From the way I understand the meaning of these examples, the answer is most likely "No, you shouldn't". We expect questions on SF to be about an actual, technical problem you face. Questions that ...

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Why is there so much focus on low-quality questions at-large?
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In very short words: SF is a site for professional system administrators exclusively and we don't want non-professional questions. Low quality questions are by definition non-professional. This is a ...

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Does irrationality have to be contagious?
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I strongly disagree with the goal and tone of your post. A user disagreed with your approach and he made civilized arguments and did not "run around and scream". Obviously, others agreed with him and ...

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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire
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What have you personally done to make Server Fault a more enjoyable place for professional system administrators? Mainly answering questions, a lot of voting and a bit of reviewing. I believe that ...

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Why do some moderators consider a Raspberry Pi to be a toy? I have used it many times for business
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First of all: I love my RPi collection. I run nearly half a dozen of them. At home. For work: We (the majority of the active community on this site) absolutely insists on a professional approach to ...

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Overzealous Moderation - Thread wrongly put on hold
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One very important requirement for questions on ServerFault: You need to be administrator on the system in question, in order to be able to fully follow possible answers. That rules you out, at least ...

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Is it ok to post a question on both StackExchange and another software specific forum at the same time?
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You should never, ever crosspost to another StackExchange site, but 3rd party sites are OK (in my opinion).

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Rude or abusive flag denied on a flippant joke answer - What then is 'rude'?
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I don't understand at all how anyone can consider this as rude or abusive. It's not particulary helpful, that is true, but it's not rude and it's not abusive. You might have flagged this as "not an ...

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Server Fault new site theme is live
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OK, after actually having used it now on the only site I frequent: This new layout is absolutely no improvement in any way compared to the old version. Actually, for me it is a lot less usable than ...

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Moderator deleted my comment on his answer and wrongfully accused me of insult
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I don't see any outright insults here on the part of naktinis, at least as far as I would be insulted, but your comment was also completely unnecessary and outright wrong in the situation. To ...

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Is IIS exempt from the ban on "web control panel" questions?
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IIS is a web server like Apache, which happens to have a 1st party GUI control panel to control the web server. This is not at all comparable to cPanel etc.

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Disagree with a declined flag
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13 votes

Yes, you are right, I've misinterpreted this, and your flag was correct.

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One user with offensive username
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Bring your sense of humor and think about what you said: This is an international community, meaning many people won't share your view of what's offensive. If you really can't do this, please contact ...

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Are HTTP, web servers and web clients not used in a business environment?
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The key is that questions must be about managing information technology systems in a business environment. This means we are only interested in actual technical problems you face while doing this. ...

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Splitting questions into difficulty categories
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12 votes

First, the site is not designed to do this and if you want to propose a feature along that line, you would need to ask a question on the general StackExchange meta site. I could migrate this question ...

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Why has my question been deleted?
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Your question has been autodeleted by the system because it had negative votes and no activity (no views, no comments or answers) for 30 days.

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Site design update is now live
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The new layout has a bug in the "tab bar" on Firefox 36/Mac. Note the small bumps in the horizontal line. They don't appear on Safari or Chrome. On a fresh profile without any modificatons at all, it ...

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Recent changes of site moderation behavior
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What changes? We have two more mods that are kind of active (HopelessN00b and me), but that's about all of the changes I see. To your points: There is much more migration. I thank for you all of ...

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It's Santa Time!
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Can't really decide. Either something remotely similar to my usually avatar: or the alternative:

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Should we edit posts with foul language?
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12 votes

Yes, definitely, and as you see, this example has already been dealt with.

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Can we have better messaging for handling Web Hosting Control Panel questions?
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11 votes

How about this? Questions involving web hosting control panels are off-topic because they customize their systems so that standard system administration methods no longer apply. Some related ...

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Benefit of closing this question?
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The benefit is clear: Having a consistent handling of questions that are off-topic, to avoid a "broken window" situation. We need this to make our site attractive to competent people that ...

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Why are we so strict on the rules?
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We are strict on the rules because we are not the help desk for the internet. Our site has a very clear-cut scope: Professional system administration. As the question you linked was originally written,...

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Questions about network protocols
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This depends on the context. Questions should always be targeted towards solving an actual technical problem you face while administering a system. Remember, our topic is professional system ...

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re-open for the sake of searchable community knowledge
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No. No, we will not reopen this (well, at least I won't). No, the voting can't be changed or reversed. Don't even think about it. No, your question is not a victim of a lynch mob. It's merely a ...

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