Recently a question about Dynamips/GNS3 configuration popped up. Is this a relevant question for the NE site?

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If Lab software is part of the Network Engineering landscape, then absolutely these questions should be on topic here. As a matter of fact, the developers of these applications tend to have communities of their own, and these special interest groups have become a huge source of excellent questions and avid, supporting communities on a lot of sites. If these questions are being asked, we should encourage them to become part of the ecosystem of this site.

This is really no different than what we've done on Stack Overflow (and a lot of other sites) for quite awhile. Check out the top two answer in this thread for details.

Is it okay to use Stack Overflow as the support forum for a product or project?

We get a lot of requests from project teams about how they can use Stack Exchange to support their communities. I see no reason why this site couldn't provide fantastic technical support for end-user products used by network engineers! This doesn't mean that companies should outsource their entire customer support channel here (e.g. no bug reports, feature requests, etc). Network Engineering SE should be but one support option for these products — community-driven technical support.


Initially I'd lean towards "no" because there's already a large forum community on questions about Dynamips/GNS3 itself. I'd still say that any questions that reference examples that are set up with the software are still welcome though (as long as they meet the "good question" criteria).

  • Yeah, I would agree with this. Questions pertaining to the configuration of devices inside of GNS/Dynamips are fair game but how to configure the software itself is not.
    – bigmstone
    May 28, 2013 at 20:56
  • Hope I didn't incorrectly "contribute" to that Q :-) May 28, 2013 at 20:57
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    I always feel bad, lol. I posted an answer yesterday that was like "this is off topic but here's the answer, and I voted to close." So I don't see any harm. :)
    – bigmstone
    May 28, 2013 at 21:01

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