The following is a first-cut proposal for what we should do. All suggestions and comments gratefully received.
How to Ask
We currently have a completely generic "How to Ask" box, which I think is unhelpful.
Network Engineering is for professional networks
On Topic questions include
- Configuration of professional switches, routers, firewalls etc
- Protocol theory and network design
- Networking tools
- For networks under your direct control
Off Topic Subjects include
- Layer 4 or above protocols, such as HTTP (perhaps Super User)
- Consumer networking (perhaps Super User)
- Server configuration (perhaps Server Fault)
- Homework problems (because it doesn't help you if we answer)
- Bypassing security (The one who pays for the network chooses its rules)
- Product and resource recommendations (but welcome in chat)
For more details, please see our On Topic page
Just for reference, this is what they did at Mathematica.
We can have "trigger tags", which make text pop up if the tag is selected
Propose that network-mask triggers:
We get many IPv4 subnet mask questions
- Want to understand IP addresses and masks? See LINK
- Want to understand "slash notation" like
/24? See LINK
- Want to understand the binary maths? see LINK
- Want to know what mask corresponds to
/X? See LINK
- Want to divide a
/Z? See LINK
- Want to know how many hosts fit in a
/X? See LINK
- Want to know special address
10.X.Y.Z? See LINK
- Want to know about all the other special addresses? See LINK
- All our network mask questions are collected at LINK
Propose that dhcp triggers
We get many DHCP questions, many of which are duplicates.
- Want to know about DHCP broadcasts? See LINK
- Want to know about DHCP relays? See LINK
For reference, this is what they did for "what font is this?" questions at Graphic Design.