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Single-vote hold on question

I had a question (Does ARP work in the presence of MAC Masquerading) which got two up-votes and one following-star within two hours of its posting (indicating that people seem to have understood and ...
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Self-taught networking. How do you get examples?

I'm not sure if this question would be on topic, so I'm asking here first, so it could be answered or re asked on the forum, or just removed. I've been watching videos and reading about networking. My ...
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Another Off-Topic Question?

I hate being stereotypical - but if you dont ask you dont get - and I was pointed here (twice in fact) to contest my question closure. Are there any edits I can make to bring this back into the 'on-...
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Programming has a home in Enterprise Networking

This stack exchange is not true to the nature of the next generation of network engineers. There are new questions in enterprise networking with regards to automation, orchestration, buzzword and we ...
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Additional Closed Reason [Not enough details]

In the interest of moving forward with making the close reasons more user-friendly, is it possible to add a whole new reason? The most prevalent reason I see for closing a question is because there ...
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What‘s the benefit of labeling so much off-topic here?

I can understand that, since this stackexchange is called Network ENGINEERING, it shouldn‘t be full of questions like „why did my router stop working“. But given that most of the questions on the meta ...
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My question was closed without an answer but I see other similar questions answered

I have a question about my Network Engineering Stack Exchange post: In an IGMP V2 membership report message, isn't the destination Ethernet address based on the multicast group IP address? What I was ...
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Where would 72590 be considered On Topic?

Where would Autoscan network is not working with two or more NIC's on Windows 7 and 10 be considered "on topic" so I can re-post it in the proper place?
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Where do I go to ask this question

I have a question about my Network Engineering Stack Exchange post: Need recommendation for VPN router features I was mainly asking for protocol recommendations. Please direct to me the appropriate ...
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network-restart-command-doesn't-work-in-root-but-works-in-home-directory

I have a question about my Network Engineering Stack Exchange post: Network restart command doesn't work in root but works in home directory
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Tagging and references for the tag descriptions

Is there guidance on writing / editing tag descriptions for NE-SX? Today, I noticed some are in need of correction or updates. I would include URLs to resources, like IETF RFCs, vendor concept docs, ...
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My question was closed saying “not business professional” — but my question pertains to my work

My question was closed saying "not business professional" -- but my question pertains to my work. Our database landscape is in AWS and Azure -- providing federal government projects. You can ...
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Change Title of the community?

I am new to the network engineering community. Today I have done a very well formatted question and I realized that the community is not related to consumer grade networking products and not even ...
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question about tcp retransmission debug closed saying off-topic

Yesterday I asked this question. Basically all I wanted to find out was the debug solutions to diagnose problems with tcp resubmission. For example if we want to find out about possible routes we use ...
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Not allowed to ask a relevant question

I asked what I thought to be a simple question about how to ground shielded twisted pair cables, and it was closed as off-topic without any assistance on re-wording the question to be on-topic, over a ...
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router switch functionality/configuration - deemed off topic and closed - I disagree

I have a question about my Network Engineering Stack Exchange post: Configuring strict port isolation in home network I am a non networking engineer looking for functionality advice VPN/VLAN/IPSEC ...
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Disagree with what is on/off topic here? Join the discussion! Community feedback needed

Most of the discussion for what was on/off topic by this community took place early in the life of the community before many of the currently active members had joined us here. While there have been a ...
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Host Virtualization service and Virtual Machine Questions

We are getting host virtualization questions with increasing frequency; however, to date we haven't had a Meta discussion to explicitly cover cases like this. What do we do with host virtualization ...
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I disgree that this is off-topic; it is about routing and NAT, how to best use them together

I have a question about my Network Engineering Stack Exchange post: Strange traceroute behavior when using iptables/nat to redirect an IP I had previously posted this question under Server Fault, ...
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Yet another closed question based on the word “home” existing

Copper or Glass for Low Latency? This question was closed within just a few minutes of being asked as off-topic due to it being related to home networking. The OP even indicates that the initial ...
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Question immediately rejected on networkengineering.stackexchange.com for content irrelevant to the question

I don't spend much time on meta. So please give me a chance. I've been referred here by a mod. I took time to write up a detailed question, for a very specific network related question on auth ...
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I think “ICMP No Reply Found Issue” should have been on-topic

First, let me say no disrespect to Ron here. I just think this is the kind of question that is good for us. We have many questions closed as off-topic (for good reason), but this is the kind I think ...
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What is the main motivation for top high rating users / moderators on StackExchange to help the community with answering questions?

Is it just the joy of giving back or you're just happy to learn new things while answering questions and figuring out things for others? I'll appreciate hearing different opinions and views.
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Why do people hesitate to upvote questions that they give an answer to?

If somebody answers a question, he must believe that the question is meaningful and contributes to the community. Then why people hesitate to give other people credit for asking questions? I think if ...
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what is the precise scope of questions for “tools used by network professionals” in relations to the strictures on comparisons

I have a question about my Network Engineering Stack Exchange post: what is the best way to block and intercept packets between a device and server Related to the question above but is not a "why was ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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100% networking-related question put on hold as off-topic

This is a reopen request for this question, which was put on hold as off-topic for being configuration-related. I've provided quotes from the help center that contradict this decision, however the ...
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Question about debugging an ipsec VPN connection - off topic

I have the following situation: for an ipsec VPN endpoint, I am trying to troubleshoot failing connection and use vpnc tool. Is a question like this going into more detail of the output offtopic?
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Expanding on-topic to include advanced features on platforms without paid support

Back in November I opened a meta discussion asking the community for feedback on what they felt needed to be changed to the types of questions the community felt should be on or off topic. We have ...
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I disagree with the closure of my question

I have a question about my Network Engineering Stack Exchange post: Does a per-device firewall configuration standard exist or is in the process of being specified? I disagree with my question being ...
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Stack recommendation

I have a question about my Network Engineering Stack Exchange post: Subnetting & Routing Path I'm stuck in trying to learn subnets and thought I'd find some help here, but was told that my ...
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Off topic questions: Stack recommendation

I recently asked a basic networking question that could be considered as off topic for this stack. Fair enough, I get that you're trying to run something that is more tailored to professionals here. ...
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Would a question on fax compatibility with VOIP dialing protocol be on topic?

Can you let me know whether a question would be on-topic here? I want to ask a telephony theory question about fax hardware compatibility with the VOIP dialing protocol. My understanding is that ...
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IPSec is layer 4 or above?

I migrated this question from cryptography - as the acceptance or rejection of packages has usually little to do with cryptography. Now I can imagine that it gets closed here, but the reason given is ...
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What is ON-topic? Let's improve our FAQ/Help

August 18 Update - Help section has been updated! Thanks to everyone who contributed! I've summarized the topics into the help section "What topics can I ask about here?". August 12 Update – Final ...
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Can you please add more “Why” into the Help centre?

When you're flying and you get the air craft training demonstration, they tell you Help yourself with the air mask before others. It annoys me that they don't say why because you can succum to hypoxia ...
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Is a question off-topic, just because it is asked by a student?

In the help section What topics can I ask about here? education, certification and homework are listed as off-topic. I believe the ban of certification and education questions was meant to cover ...
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Clarification about rejected Flags

I have flag this Question for off topic But It was rejected. But it looks like a off topic because question does not contain any thing about Network engineering. I flagged because of this point " ...
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Unabel to ping or ssh from a client to other client in openvpn

I have a question about my Network Engineering Stack Exchange post: Unabel to ping or ssh from a client to other client in openvpn Set up an OpenVPN server on VPS(S) I was in need to ssh to office ...
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Disputing duplicate closure

This question - which I will call "Question A" was closed as a duplicate of Question B, but I think it was done too hastily. Question A asks for a way to find out what user performed the last ...
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Site charter question with regards to “best-practices” tag [edited]

The stated intent of the Network Engineering site is: Network Engineering Stack Exchange is for asking questions about professionally managed networks in a business environment. There is little ...
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What should we have in NE “How to Ask” box?

I am concerned about how unfriendly it seems to new users that we invite them to Ask a Question but don't put helpful information next to them when they do. It turns out that Stack Exchange has two ...
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Network Engineering Canonical Questions or FAQ

Our sister site, Server Fault, has a wiki of “canonical questions” that provide comprehensive answers to the most-often asked questions. We decided to create a similar list of questions and answers ...
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Any way to add prominent link to On-Off Topic Guidelines?

Every day we get quite a few questions which are closed almost immediately by our vigilant moderators for being duplicates or off-topic, for example the very common network mask, home network, and ...
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Proposal to reopen “Analyze traffic by AS”

A recent question asking for recommendations on analysing traffic by ASN was closed for Resource Request, against topic rules. Given this is an important non-beginner networking problem, easily ...
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Are design questions about “network services” such as DNS on topic?

This question about DNS architecture raises the question, are the commonly referred to "network services" (DNS, NTP, Directory Services, etc), on-topic? The name "network services" itself is slightly ...
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Correct procedure for inadvertant privacy breach?

What's the correct procedure if accidentally one posts private information such as a password?
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Can we err more on the side of leaving questions open when multiple interpretations exist and some might be off topic/too broad?

I've edited the title to better reflect what I was wanting from this post. The initial title was written in haste, and (admittedly) in frustration as this isn't the first time this has occurred. (See ...

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