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Why does this community want to limit itself so much in terms of questions asked?

It seems to me that this community is doing everything it can to drive new users away and delete their questions. Will it destroy the community if somebody asks a question about the usage of port 443 ...
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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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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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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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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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Drumming up site traffic from other SE sites?

Note: SE has asked that we NOT do this. See the accepted answer below. I've been keeping an eye on the questions feed from Server Fault. When I see juicy questions that should be here on NE, I've ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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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 ...
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How do we work out a concept together?

I just noticed this question: Network-related regular expressions. Actually, it's not a question, but it's compiling some useful snippets for work, done by the original poster, with an invitation to ...
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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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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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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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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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What tag to use for optical networking?

There's already a fiber for fiber questions, but I think we need another tag for optical networking (ROADM/DWDM/etc). I suppose it could just be optical-networking but that's doesn't really roll off ...
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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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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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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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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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Bring your questions out from Area51

I think people should post their sample questions from proposal stage, out on the Beta site. Everyone probably invented their sample questions, but they were upvoted as being good questions. I think ...
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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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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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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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What is the meaning of <insert your networking term here>?

A lot of students (and others) ask questions on this site regarding the meaning of many networking terms. Some ask for simple definitions, while others want to know if a term applies in a particular ...
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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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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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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Network Engineering's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: He'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank him for ...
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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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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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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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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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Help Center Phrasing

Awhile ago I asked why Mikrotik was off-topic, and I was met with the paid support requirement response, which was completely correct. I've somewhat given up on trying to figure out an alternative, ...