This is the question... in question (heh): Patch cable wiring/colors

I understand the question has the word "home" in it, and probably points to something based on home networking, but this one really is related to networking regardless of home/enterprise. I fully understand the reason we keep it strictly to enterprise, and I understand there will be overlap that are marked off topic for other reasons. But seriously, if mods just did OP a solid and just remove the word "home" from the question in an edit, or mark it as a duplicate of one of the many questions about cable termination.

What message does that send to new users? There's a difference between marking questions as off topic, and being obsessive for the sake of semantics. Asking questions here shouldn't be like applying for a passport.

We seriously need to learn to read between the lines a little bit, we're here to help people and answer their questions, not police it to death. NESE has had a huge problem with quality questions in recent months, and while I'm sure the mods have an idea of 1000 other reasons for that, this is one that really isn't that hard to improve.

  • Even superuser/stackoverflow does not normally mark this as OT. May 5, 2016 at 18:20
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    ...did you miss the part where the question has been reopened? So, uh, OP raised a question here in meta, I pointed out my istake, and corrected it. May 6, 2016 at 1:38
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    Actually, I spent much less time recently applying for a U.S. passport renewal than I normally spend crafting a question for NE :). Seriously, though. Jun 7, 2016 at 21:38

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Completely agree with Jordan, that question really should not have been closed. This isn't the first time stuff like this gets brought up. A perfectly good networking question should not be closed just because someone mentions the word home.

Coupled with the recent less than positive posts on meta, I think the NESE community really needs to re-think their strategy and place.

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    I see the point about this Q, in this case the world "home" is insignificant. I'll edit and re-open. update: there's a min-chars limit, so I added some words to the Q also. May 5, 2016 at 16:47
  • @CraigConstantine I think you referencing a search was perfectly fine, but the point is multiple users marked it off-topic because it wasn't PERFECTLY worded. May 5, 2016 at 16:52
  • multiple mods did not matk it off-topic. I was the first mod to touch it. May 5, 2016 at 16:55
  • Sorry my fault, edited. May 5, 2016 at 16:56
  • @Eddie, in regards to your second paragraph, I wouldn't count a troll post and a post where the OP self edited to say he had a bad day and vented here as any sort of basis that NE needs to rethink things. Or did you have something else in mind? Also keep in mind that meta is often a place for users to state their dissatisfaction on any site in the network. It is how things change/improve, so a measure of "less than positive posts" are quite expected.
    – YLearn
    May 6, 2016 at 17:23
  • @Ylearn Of the 5 posts at the top of meta, four of them are negative ( 1 2 3 4 ). One is my own, so you're welcome not to count that. But either way they all came in pretty close to each other, which I think is a reflection of the trend. Maybe "re-think things" was poorly worded, maybe a "course-correction" is more fitting.
    – Eddie
    May 6, 2016 at 17:59
  • And I've been meaning to post constructive suggestions in the other thread. But I haven't gotten around to it yet :(
    – Eddie
    May 6, 2016 at 18:01
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    @Eddie, #1 is troll post by someone upset that his opinion based question was closed. Lots of "accusation" and nothing of any real merit. #2 questioned a closed action which was addressed by the mod in question so no real issue there. #3 is about voting, which is a problem with individuals in the community and something not addressable by the community. #4 was again OP self edited to say he had a bad day and vented here. So where is the trend of a problem in those four posts that can be addressed by the community?
    – YLearn
    May 6, 2016 at 18:24

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