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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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Network Engineering Question Checklist

Question Checklist Here's a short list of questions to check after you've written a question (and to think about before you write the question). Please consider addressing as much of this material ...
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Has the community changed its mind about consumer-grade hardware?

The OP of this question, Secure connect & access across 2 separate LAN Subnets using PFSense/ Sophos?, insists that the Tomato and DD-WRT router/switch/firewall/Wi-Fi devices should be on-topic. ...
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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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What should be in the FAQ?

What do we want the FAQ for this site to look like? What are some on and off-topic topics? We want to avoid 'which is better' questions like OSPF vs MPLS, since they can not be canonically answered.
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Can we flesh out guidelines to improve “Best Practice” and other vague questions?

One of the things that draws me to Stack Exchange sites is a focus on what Eric Raymond calls smart questions. Quoting the NE about page: Ask about: Specific issues with network ...
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Are HOMEWORK questions on-topic?

For example, this questions has just been asked... How to connect nodes... We only parenthetically mentioned homework in the discussion about What's On-Topic. In the context of questions with ...
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Let's edit our site's “Default Off-Topic Close Reason”

Shall we change our default off-topic close reason? **15 June - Complete ** Our "Off-topic Close Reason" has been updated to match the top-voted answer below. 12 June LAST CALL! Read, vote, ...
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Recommendations and Polls

Some questions: Why are recommendations, and polls off-topic? How can I delineate whether a question should be closed because it is related to being a recommendation or poll? Is there an on-topic way ...
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Certification/Education questions

April 2014 update: This is now listed on the what can I ask here? page's list of off-topic subjects. The consensus here seems to be that this site should be limited to technical discussion. However, ...
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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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Do we need to be more explicit about homework questions?

It seems to me we're a bit inconsistent about some homework questions. The help guide says no multiple choice questions (I agree), and no certification/education questions (I take that to mean ...
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Being a more open community?

Dear fellow network engineers, I have been trying to contributing my two cents to this community, and have gotten back many interesting bits of knowledge in return. However, the site's strict ...
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Are questions regarding specifc device selection on or off topic?

Usually "shopping" questions are considered off topic in Stack Exchange sites, however in this site should there be an exception?
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Winter Hats promotion

As 2013 comes to a close, Stack Exchange is offering Network Engineering a chance to participate in their Winter Hats event to finish out the year with a little bit of fun. Winter Hats are offered ...
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Does the scope of this site extend to virtual networking?

For example vDS or Nexus 1000v. Example here.
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Is the NESE community being stingy with upvotes?

So many of of our questions have 0 or 1 votes, it makes me think we are being way to stingy with our up-votes. At the very least, every question with an answer should also have (at least) one upvote ...
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Virtual Networking Questions

A question was asked earlier today about networking configuration in VMware Workstation: I have a vmware workstation VM 1 running on my desktop (physical host), on the host 2 I have an interface (...
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Are any OSI layer4 network protocols on-topic?

Quite often we seen comments like "protocols above Layer4 in the OSI model are off-topic": (emphasis mine) Question: Are there any OSI layer4 (or above) network protocol questions which are on-topic?
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Why can't I ask any Networking question on NE?

I asked this question, but it was closed as off-topic. I have a general question though; I think you should be able to ask any networking-related questions on Network Engineering - why not?
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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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Are questions regarding cabling at home on topic?

If I have run cabling at my own home, and am having a specific issue after having made some troubleshooting attempts and observations, is it on topic to present the observations and issue here to ask ...
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Congratulations! You're about to graduate… with a twist

I wanted to pass on the announcement that this site has been cleared for graduation… congratulations! Graduation comes with it some perks — a listing in the footer of the other sites, ...
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Rejecting a lot of tag wikis: A clarification

I've had to reject a lot of the suggested edits for tag wiki excerpts, probably leaving a lot of people wondering why. The most common problem I've see is tag descriptions that simply define the word ...
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LAST CALL for input: Is physical infrastructure on-topic?

Tue Dec 31 update... Info added to On-topic help page. Mon Dec 2 update... Do we have ANY nay-sayers? Last call for input! Physical infrastructure looks to become explicitly on-topic. Original ...
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A Cool, Witty name for NetworkEngineering

I'm probably just dreaming, but... Given that the flagship sites have amusing names (i.e. Stack Overflow, Server Fault) - perhaps we could eventually attain something similar? Here's a few of my ...
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Should telephony questions relating to technologies like TDM be considered on-topic?

I know that in the most basic sense "Network Engineering" has an implication that it's IP Network Engineering, but I feel like this would be a great place to talk about telephony-based networks as ...
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Moderators Pro Tempore - now served late!

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Improving the NESE Community

Lately, there has been a splurge of not-so-positive posts on Meta -- some of it justified, some of it unjustified. Either way, they happened. And as always, the focus shouldn't be placed on what went ...
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Name for the chatroom

Since the consensus at the moment seems to not change the name of the website, maybe we can reuse the proposed names in A Cool, Witty name for NetworkEngineering to give our main chatroom a name?
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What is the point of having a `MikroTik` tag?

Quoting Ron Maupin: The community has decided that for hardware to be on-topic here, the manufacturer must offer optional, paid support. Unfortunately, MikroTik does not. […] Source So, what is the ...
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Off-topic confusion

This is regarding my question here, and the subsequent back-and-forth I had with moderator @RonMaupin: "Dumb" conference-phone device? Before posting this question on NE, I was unsure where ...
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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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Does Stack Exchange have a place for open-ended questions and/or discussion?

Within the Stack Exchange structure is there a place for discussions and general sharing of information? In addition to specific questions and their answers I'd love to have a place where I can ...
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Storage Networking On-Topic?

With the advent of converged switching fabric, there is a great potential for overlap between storage and data networking. Being an integral part of the data center environment, I feel that the ...
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Does the context of a question matter if it is omitted?

Ironically, the context of this question: How much would a wiring fault cause bandwidth over cat 6 to drop by? In this question, the OP states that their question is in a home networking environment,...
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Acronym expantion

Having the first appearance of every acronym expanded helps newer people. But it adds a lot of extra words if we make sure that the first instance of every acronym in each post is expanded. We really ...
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Answer of questions

I have noticed people are choosing to answer their own questions. Is this apart of the go-to-live from the proposal stage or people answering anything? The idea of asking a question is generally ...
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Are questions about specific devices off topic?

Are questions about a specific product off topic? For example, about problems with a certain hardware model, questions about upgrading a specific product. It's already discussed if comparison and ...
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are questions about loadbalancing on topic?

Do we consider loadbalancer configuration on topic? Though they certainly do things on layer 2/3, a lot of the things they do is on higher layers as well. At the company I work for loadbalancers are ...
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NE migration targets?

Some of the other Stack Exchange sites have options for marking questions as "off-topic here, but suitable for [other site]". I notice that the majority of NE off-topic questions seem to be ...
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Stance on Questions that Originated from Brain-Dump Sites

A question regarding summarization was asked today, and after a quick google search, I found that the question was taken from several brain dump sites, including testking and How2Pass. I personally ...
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A lot of my edits have been rejected by the OP. How else can I help out?

I am extremely interested in the field of Network Engineering, although I do not have the experience of others to be able to answer questions. Therefore, to try and help out this new community as ...
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What’s our “elevator pitch”?

#5 from The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You have precisely one floor to describe your community to them. What would ...
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Questions about Lab software

Recently a question about Dynamips/GNS3 configuration popped up. Is this a relevant question for the NE site?
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Are route server or looking glass questions on topic for NE?

There is a posted question about a looking glass and it has already received several close votes as off-topic (an aside, this is done without comment, so there is no chance for the OP to improve their ...
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2015 Experimental Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the experimental moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates ...
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Interview questions: Are they on-topic?

Suppose someone asks for help with an interview question, such as this one: I was asked this question, but don't know the answer. Any help on how to approach this would be greatly appreciated :) ...
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2015 Experimental Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Historical questions: Yes or no?

I recently asked this question about the reasoning behind the choice of 192.168 as the standard internal IP block, and a moderator mentioned this: I used to think that answering historical ...