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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, ...
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Can SE auto-add a comment based on the close reason?

A while back, I started pasting in carefully crafted text clippings before I press the moderator-instant-death-close button. Aside from that being extra work, it obviously doesn't happen when the ...
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Handling obvious troll/spam users?

Since this user continues to exist, and I know other users have noticed the nonsensical answers they are spouting... how do we intend to handle this kind of abuse?
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On Topic Questions Here

Help says: Questions one would encounter while operating, maintaining, purchasing, or managing an enterprise / service provider network. The question should be about the operation of your own ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election

The 2015 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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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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Shouldn't such wide a question be systematically blacklisted?

A subject as "network problems" seems to be much too wide to contain the beginning of an analysis. In a practical case: network problems the problem presented shows in fact not the least beginning of ...
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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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“How to make CUPS work on an IPv4 secured network?”: which group suits this question?

I submitted this question on Ask Different but it is also clearly a network engineering question (my tool is tcpdump here :) ): How to make shared printing works on an IPv4 only network? Do you have ...
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Network Engineering site design (UPDATED)

I’m Kurtis, senior product designer at Stack Exchange. First, I wanted to congratulate you because this site is now starting the process of moving out of beta to become a fully-graduated site! Well ...
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Can we have a third moderator again?

We're down to two of us. I've been trying to stop by more often to keep up with the review queues, and Mike P has been very busy flagging via normal, non-moderator powers. But as the site traffic ...
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Thoughts on users posting URLs and their partial content as their answer?

What are peoples thoughts on accepting/up voting answers where a user has simply copied a few lines from another website and used that as their answer? I don't really like and would down vote those ...
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Commenting on off-topic questions

When marking a question off-topic, may I recommend that you politely direct the OP to the correct stack exchange? Saying something like Home networking is off topic here. You can ask this on ...
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Stylistic Editing of Answers

I've been making contributions to the site for a while now, and there's one thing that keeps happening that...well, it grinds my gears. I consistently have my answers edited by (obviously well-...
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Developer questions

Are questions from developers about, for example, writing a routing daemon on topic? I'm thinking specifically about question like internal application processes rather than how the protocol works. ...
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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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3 votes to close on DNS and DNS Hijacking question?

https://networkengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/17323/domain-record-hijacking I actually thought it was a pretty good question and could make for a good answer, but then I saw it already has 3 ...
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Please improve edit reviews: no radical changes to the post

I noticed for a long time that as a whole, this site needs to improve how we review suggested edits. This is one example from a legion I could choose from; it's not intended to call out an individual,...
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Come back to the question below: tunnel and VPN

Is tunnel a shortcut connection in internet? I read that tunnel is like protective cover for data. How this protective cover is created. What is this protective mean? Is it like Encryption? I ...
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Regarding questions about Cisco IOU (and other pirated software)

Can someome delete my account from Network engineering? I don't like my IOU question being closed. PS: please make sure you delete all the Dynamips related Q&A . That is a software that Cisco ...
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Let's get critical: Feb 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Network Engineering Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Are HP Certs Legit?

My medium sized company uses primarily Procurve products. In an effort to learn some of the academic items that I may have breezed over during my self-taught efforts of the past and also to have ...
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Under what cirumstances can questions about network layouts, desirables and pitfalls for a specific category of environments be considered objective?

I am referring to this question of mine posted several days ago that was put on hold as primarily opinion-based: Ad-hoc network infrastructure for professional meetings requiring high bandwith and ...
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What would it take to lose our 'beta' tag? [duplicate]

How does Stack Exchange weigh or determine whether a site is ready to no longer be considered "beta'?
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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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Why was my “ISP speed calcuation” question closed?

I just wanted to know how do we calculate the actual bandwidth requirement for a small office (30 users) before ordering the actual Internet line from isp we have 4 Dell 2950 servers , 4 Cisco 3560 ...
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Ban the “network” and “networking” tags

I would like to suggest banning the network and networking tags. Any question we ask on this site is by definition a network question. As such, these tags wind up being a magnet for off-topic ...
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2014 Winter Hats Event - Please Vote

As 2014 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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Why are my edits being rolled back?

This discussion is about why a seemingly valid edit was rolled back. Recently I asked a question that was off-topic due to the cabling being in a residential location rather than a business location. ...
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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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Multiple Choice Questions and certifications ones

As read in many part of this site, them are off topic. I'm asking if that policy shall be reconsidered: networking certifications questions are useful (I hope!) to better understand how networking ...
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Website with memorable static IPs to test connectivity?

This question was marked as off-topic at SuperUser and StackOverflow, if this is the right place, please let me know so I can edit the post and place the question here. https://superuser.com/questions/...
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Questions about telecom networks

Perhaps this question is not supposed to be here, but I really need this answered! Is it the right place to ask questions about telecommunications networks? Like if I have some questions about telecom ...
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Problems in LAC,LNS, Private Addressing and L2TP

I have the following question, which I posted on the main site; however, it was closed as too broad. There was a concern expressed since this is not a question about the operation of my own network, ...
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Let's get critical: Aug 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Network Engineering Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Network Engineering Community Plagiarism Responsibilities

This question is referencing posts, such as this, that are clearly plagiarizing others work. In this case, others work on this forum (not to mention horrible formatting). I have found some guidance ...
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Where should I ask BSS/OSS questions (most programming) regarding telecommunication?

I am a developer building BSS/OSS software. I have some questions regarding how to fit my software into industry standard. I am wondering where should I ask those questions? The questions will be ...
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vs. Server Fault

I just discovered networkengineering.se. What kinds of questions are appropriate here but not appropriate for Server Fault? I ask because somebody on Super User just asked a question regarding ...
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Why Are Questions about Virtual Networking Appliances “Off Topic”

I asked a question earlier today https://networkengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/9596/how-to-configure-source-nat-private-ip-public-ip-outbound/9599#9599 which is currently flagged as "On-Hold" ...
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“Community Bulleting Board” went away?

Did I miss a memo? :) Did the "Community Bulleting Board" feature -- the colored block that used to show things we[moderators] tagged with a certain tag -- go away? We used to have the "asking ...
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Are questions regarding “telephone networks” on-topic?

Are questions regarding telephone networks or SMS networks considered on-topic? I have two (real) examples: How do we find out the "sending" date and time of an SMS? When we receive an SMS, the ...
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Cleaning up posts only referring to dead links

Can we please regulate our behavior whenever we encounter useless comments or answers? I am not discussing external references. I simply want to know what I can do to get a post removed which does not ...
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Meet us at Cisco Live 2014

Fellow Networkers… if you're going to Cisco Live US this year, and want to meet up during the week please add your name below. I'll be there, and I think Daniel Dib will as well. This would ...
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Post moved to server fault incorrectly?

https://serverfault.com/questions/584605/dhcp-troubleshooting-client-timeouts/584634#584634 This post was moved to server fault, but the issue was definitely in the switch config. This issue occurs ...
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Are questions related to TCL code on topic?

Are questions related to TCL code on topic? I'm referring to questions like "How to do this with TCL?" or "How to improve this TCL code?" or "This piece of code does not work" etc. Of course I'm ...
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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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What do we do with: “On which Layer RIP Protocol works”, and others like it

The RIP to OSI Layer Question Consider this question: On which OSI layer does RIP work: In which OSI Layer RIP Protocol works? Can some one explain in which layer it works and justify that? At ...