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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions proposed in an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as the ...
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Moderator Election - We need more candidates!

In about 5 hours, the nomination phase of the moderator elections is scheduled to end. However, in order for the election to proceed, it is necessary to have at least one more candidate running than ...
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Would this question be on topic on NESE?

What makes TCP window size keep changing For example, in some operating systems, the TCP window size always change around 30000~60000 (of course, max 65535). The objective of window size is to inform ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election

The 2016 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This'll operate like the one in the previous year - it will be an opportunity for members of the community ...
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Is mikrotik home setup questions off topic for network engineering?

I would like to get help on setting up routing via two ISP provided ports on Mikrotik RouterOS. That is to route IPTV traffic to one port and Internet - to another. If I ask question describing my ...
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Which StackExchange to Ask my Question

I recently listened to a podcast about the Arpanet and how the Internet has evolved. I do have some questions that I would like to discuss / questions to ask. As the questions are technical in ...
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Stepping down from being a NetEng Moderator

(nautical theme because why not? ;) I was surprised when I was originally asked by the SE staff to be a moderator. Determined to be helpful, I set off with bravado and gusto to be a lightening rod to ...
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Right place for network automation questions?

I'm starting to get into network automation, specifically Python and Ansible with Cisco gear. Is this the right group for these types of questions or is there a better one? The questions I can think ...
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I don't think this was duplicate

Subnetting - Reason for maximum number of subnets His question was not "how do I subnet 192.168.1.10/27". If it were, then yes it is duplicate an answered in the linked thread. His question was ...
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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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Is this post off topic, and if so why?

I have a question about my Network Engineering Stack Exchange post: Static routes and multiple routers Is my post off-topic and if so why? It is about enterprise equipment in an enterprise ...
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Actively migrating to Super User

I've just asked this question over on the Super User stack. If they're ok with the idea, this stack might be perceived as more friendly if we start migrating empty Qs. (SE guidelines are to NOT ...
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Why, oh why was this marked off-topic?

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 ...
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NE has derailed

The majority of people participated in the definition and commitment (2013) have been long gone from NE for good reasons. Most questions that did not get closed are trivial vendor specific questions, ...
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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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Question about tools marked as off-topic

My question was marked as off-topic. This question is not about a home network. However, while reading the rules of NE, I see there is a requirement for the question to be about: tools used by ...
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Frustrated with NE sometimes

Edit: Sorry that I got sore about this. I guess I was having a bad day and vented here. I'm over it! It is so frustrating that even after well more than a year learning from and trying to help ...
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susbtantially editing an accepted answer

Regarding this question, or rather the accepted answer: I feel the answer, while accepted is not so good because of the incorrect use of the broadcasting term instead of flooding (and some minor ...
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Discouraging answers to off-topic questions

Should we discourage answers to off-topic questions? I know a lot of members like to answer any and all questions, even when they are off-topic. For a question such as this , I think that answering ...
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Would DHCP be considered off topic here?

Re: How DHCP works? I feel DHCP is rather on topic for network engineering.
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Network Engineering — Top User Swag!

If you are one of the 72 users in the first two pages here, I have some great news for you! We want to send you a token of our appreciation for helping this site and community grow healthily into what ...
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What is the forum to discuss topics related to internet traffic engineering?

I am unable to find a correct forum to post my questions. This must be a dilemma for people treading in boundaries. I have a few questions related to traffic engineering. Where should I post? Here, I ...
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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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Answer old question with additional information and updated statements

I saw an old question by chance [link] which was (in my opinion partially) right at the time, but since then there are more facts. Is it accepted to post 1. more information on the original statement ...
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Linux IPTables questions

Is this on, or off-topic? What are entries in kernel ip table?
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Are historic questions about communications between two devices on topic?

Specifically referring to this question: What kind of networking protocols might have been in use before ARPANET? Would this be considered on topic on this site? Keep in mind this previous meta ...
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Winter Hats Are Coming Soon!

We'll do this again, as we've done in previous years. The Details This year's event will start on 14 December 2015 and run up to and including 03 January 2016. Users will be able to see all ...
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Wireless CCTV Network reactivation question Entertained?

Are CCTV network questions entertained?
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Time to revamp our help/on-topic page

Our help/on-topic page has served us well for the past couple of years (a huge "Thank you!" to Craig and Mike for doing all the heavy lifting on it). However, some of the examples that were used don't ...
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Is it off-topic? Discussion of Open Source Alternatives to a Commercial Product

I want to hear ideas on how we can replace a commercial product with a set of open source alternatives however this will involve many features of a commercial product. Would this be off-topic?
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What makes this question on-topic?

What makes this question on-topic on networkengineering.stackexchange.com? I'm asking because so far I felt that NE.SE is mostly about low-level networking concepts and/or professional network ...
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Closed as Primarily Opinion based

I just want to understand the specific close reason for this question: Why http + ssh is not popular? While I understand the question text seeming opinion based, "why has it not been as popular...", ...
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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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Extend the “end user” off topic definition to include bypassing network security/policies?

The community has previously decided that "Users / Customers of Enterprise or Service Provider Networks" are off topic, followed by this description. Questions from end-users of enterprise/service ...
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Network Engineering Stack Exchange Doing Quite Poor

I visit this site often and notice (1) the same old questions churning and (2) very little questions posted by anyone with a reputation over 1. A vast majority of the activity is by 1 or 2% of the ...
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Question on configuring IPv6 on an OSPFv3 server closed as offtopic?

The question "IPv6 link-local addresses for virtual interfaces are identical - how to assign “link-unique”? " has been put on hold as offtopic on NE. Help page "What topics can I ask about here?" ...
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Is the http-proxy tag off-topic?

There is an http-proxy tag. Aren't both the subjects of HTTP and proxy servers off-topic? Did this used to be on-topic and we are keeping it for historical reasons?
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Negative Answer Votes After Severely Edited Answer

What is the best way forward with answers that are severely edited; to the point where they no longer hold their original intent? In specific, I'm referencing this post: It's signaling the wrong ...
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Graduated and new design, so let's take some time to polish the site

It's taken a while, but the site has graduated from beta and we have been given a great new design to make the site look great. However as I look around, I still see areas where we as a community need ...
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Shall we add one or more custom “Off-Topic Close Reasons”?

9 July update 3 voters doesn't seem to be enough interest to make the change I was proposing. 1 July update Noone has expressed "don't do this". Speak up soon. Also, proposed wording has been ...
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Site graduated! New design launched

As you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. If you see any CSS/styling bugs, please ...
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Community input on T-ball questions: Encourage or Discourage them?

What? Where by "T-Ball questions", I mean, relatively easy (compared to a lot of our crazy-hard-troubleshooting questions) questions which have a clear answer. This would be in the "most ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election Results

Network Engineering's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They've replaced the pro-tempore crew* — please thank both teams ...
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Why was this link-only flag declined?

Someone recently posted a link-only answer to this SNMP Memory measurement question: The Stack Exchange Community Mods seem to believe that this is not an answer. However, my flag was declined: I ...
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How does the community feel about answers that are primarily just a link to another resource?

I recently provided my standard comment to an answer that was primarily just a link. This comment currently reads as so: Could you please edit your post to provide more details from the link? To ...
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To what degree should a question overlap with another for it to be marked as a duplicate?

My meta question stems from this question: What is the last valid host on the subntwork 172.28.0.0/20? It was closed as a duplicate of Mike Pennington's (phenomenal, btw) answer in this thread. ...
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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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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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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, ...