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Network Engineering Beta Status

What does it mean that the Network Engineering site is in a beta-phase and what factors into the removal of its beta status?
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Should external references be forbidden?

I strongly believe that Stack Exchange and its sites will last for a long time. It favors structure over convenience. Every contribution will be findable many years from now. The whole concept is very ...
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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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EIGRP vs OSPF: Opinion Based?

Is the question EIGRP vs OSPF primarily opinion based, (or at the very least, far too broad for this format), and therefore subject to closure? The question in question: EIGRP and OSPF are both ...
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Question 20762990 at Stackoverflow on-topic here?

Is the question get switch port utilization or depth of switch port queue/buffer on-topic on this site?
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Network Engineering Question Competition (12/16/2013 - 1/3/2014)

To go along with Stack Exchange's Winter Hats promotion, the moderators of Network Engineering are offering another bonus... literally. We're opening a competition with a prize of 250 bonus reputation ...
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Iperf and/or network throughput questions

I have been seeing these questions quite a bit i.e. "I have a gigabit link and then I ran an Iperf test are my results normal?" or "My 100mpbs interface is only sending 30mbps of traffice, is ...
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Should we delete older, on-hold, questions?

Is there any guidance from SE about our deleting older questions which we've put on hold? We have a LOT of home/residential stuff that we put on hold. I'm just wondering if we should be cleaning up ...
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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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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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Let's get critical: Nov 2013 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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On-topic/off-topic strictness

I feel some moderators are very trigger happy with closing questions, I'm not sure if this is right policy for new site trying to justify its existence and trying to gather user-base. Consider https:/...
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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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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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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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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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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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Let's get critical: Aug 2013 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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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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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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Asking questions in answers comments

I answered this question and the OP keeps asking more questions by posting comments on my answer. Now these extra questions could be answered, but IMO it's starting to get further from the original ...
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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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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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Possible duplicate question on a different StackExchange site?

Today we had the question Should IPv4 ICMP from untrusted interfaces be blocked? While looking for references to provide a good answer I found a very similar question already asked and answered in ...
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When does acronym need expansion and when it is considered tautology?

This closely relates to these posts Acronym expantion Inbound BGP load-balancing from same ISP router It would seem tedious to always expand BGP or LAN, I think we can reasonably assume people on ...
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Same, but different questions?

How are nearly identical questions supposed to be handled on NE/SE? Are they always to be treated separately with votes and rewards or is there a mechanism have moderators or more privileged users ...
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Answers to questions where a feature is not possible

My question on networkengineer is this: Stopping Cisco Prime/NCS from resizing maps So it turns out the feature I'm trying to find doesn't exist. What would be the best thing to do with this ...
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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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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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Where do we draw the line when it comes to edits?

I appreciate that SE guidelines say that you shouldn't put anything like 'Thanks' or 'Hi there' in your questions but where do we draw the line when it comes to edits. There have been a number of ...
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What is our stance on vendor representative posts?

We all knew this was coming at some point. Employees of vendors or their sales partners jumping in to answer questions. Vendor employees or sales partners can be great resources to answer questions ...
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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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Network Engineering Stack Exchange on Slashdot

I submitted an announcement for our site to slashdot.org: Network Engineering Q&A Site Launched It's now on the frontpage, on top of the stories: I hope for a nice discussion also there and for ...
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Should tags be updated after the question is answered?

When a question is asked it is usually tagged according to the problem. After an answer has been selected should it be best practice to edit the tags to reflect the answer?
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Are problems installing a network management software tool on or off topic?

Another point to discuss and clarify. When someone is trying to install a piece of software for network management, and having an issue, should that be on or off topic? Even though it is more of a ...
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Where do we draw the line with regards to Enterprise / SOHO

Someone had a question about their cable modem, and people immediately assumed that they were talking about a home network. As a consultant, I deal with lots of business networks that use business-...
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Creating a community wiki question on purpose?

Following on from Aarons answer here, can I create a question like "What are some on line network engineering communities and how can I access them?" - Purposefully so that I can create a community ...
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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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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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Regarding answers to questions that have been edited

I noticed that people have the ability to edit (and even completely change) their questions after answers have been received, which may make those answers no longer relevant. For example, someone ...
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Tag synonyms - which one should be the main tag?

There has been some discussion regarding tags with models, series, and manufacturers, and combinations. If we make synonyms, what should we choose to be the main tag? The shorter one? Example: cisco-...
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Choosing a tagline and a motto

Similar to the elevator pitch - what would you suggest as a tagline or motto? Taglines can be a short and clever sentence to the point, an even shorter motto could be a good companion to a logo. Who ...
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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 are the criteria for upvoting?

I'm curious as to what the criteria for upvoting are. For me if I feel a question/answer/comment is interesting or has potential I'll upvote it, and I usually max out my votes in any given day. What ...
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No representative tag found and no reputation to create tags

I was writing a question for which none of the currently created tags would be representative and I had no reputation enough to create a new tag. What would be the correct way to proceed in such a ...
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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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Are Telecommunications questions on-topic here?

A couple months ago I suggested the merge of two Area51 proposals: Network Engineering and Telecommunications. Turns out that the network were much faster, congratulations! So, are ...
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Are questions on config examples welcomed?

Whilst many people are asking theoretical questions "How should I best set up IGP metrics for this topology....blah blah blah" no one seems to be asking for specific config examples (which are vendor ...
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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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Establishing Core Users

The beta guidelines suggest that we should have a number of users with 2000-3000 rep. Should we vote more aggressively in order to meet the guidelines?