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Can we err more on the side of leaving questions open when multiple interpretations exist and some might be off topic/too broad?

I've edited the title to better reflect what I was wanting from this post. The initial title was written in haste, and (admittedly) in frustration as this isn't the first time this has occurred. (See ...
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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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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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Is a question off-topic, just because it is asked by a student?

In the help section What topics can I ask about here? education, certification and homework are listed as off-topic. I believe the ban of certification and education questions was meant to cover ...
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Correct procedure for inadvertant privacy breach?

What's the correct procedure if accidentally one posts private information such as a password?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should we avoid manufacturer prefixes in tags in general?

This is a bit related to the question about prefixing tag names for equipment with manufacturer's name. For example, currently we have such tags: cisco-nexus-1000v, cisco-ios-15, cisco-catalyst, ...
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Yet another closed question based on the word “home” existing

Copper or Glass for Low Latency? This question was closed within just a few minutes of being asked as off-topic due to it being related to home networking. The OP even indicates that the initial ...
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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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How do you know for sure that a weird TCP packet order bug is not a networking issue?

Hi all :) regarding the close vote on Requests coming in the wrong order over the network it has been closed as "not networking related", but we've pretty much excluded application-level causes and ...
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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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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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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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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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Reasoning for this question being off-topic

I have a question about my Network Engineering Stack Exchange post: What are typical causes for phantom messages and how do network protocols deal with them? This question was closed for being off-...
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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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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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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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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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Recent (help/on-topic) Facelift

To date, we've had some unpleasant Help Center markdown in help/on-topic; if I was a newbie, I wouldn't want to read it. Before: We had Bare ALL CAPS headings Ugly pastel quote blocks Added ...
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100% networking-related question put on hold as off-topic

This is a reopen request for this question, which was put on hold as off-topic for being configuration-related. I've provided quotes from the help center that contradict this decision, however the ...
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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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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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Site charter question with regards to “best-practices” tag [edited]

The stated intent of the Network Engineering site is: Network Engineering Stack Exchange is for asking questions about professionally managed networks in a business environment. There is little ...
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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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ServerFault On-Topic Subjects

Does ServerFault have any intention of removing "Network routing, switches, and firewalls" from their on-topic listing? Most Stack Exchange sites come to fruition because there isn't any other ...
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Network Engineering is not a welcoming place

This may seem like a click bait title but it's actually not. We all know that Ron is the most actively guy here on this community, but that ended up locking the place as one moderator with an strict ...
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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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DNS setup and routing protocols on or off topic here?

I'll confess I'm confused about whether DNS setup and routing protocols are considered on or off topic here. Could moderators and similar clear this up?
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Questions about network protocols

Are questions about application level network protocols, not connected with network infrastructure (e.g. HTTP, FTP, email protocols) ok here?
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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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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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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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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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Why do people hesitate to upvote questions that they give an answer to?

If somebody answers a question, he must believe that the question is meaningful and contributes to the community. Then why people hesitate to give other people credit for asking questions? I think if ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Tagging and references for the tag descriptions

Is there guidance on writing / editing tag descriptions for NE-SX? Today, I noticed some are in need of correction or updates. I would include URLs to resources, like IETF RFCs, vendor concept docs, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Correct place for network development and theory questions?

As far as I have understood correctly this SE site is NOT the correct site for the following two types of questions: Questions about network protocol theory Example: "How is a packet routed if the ...