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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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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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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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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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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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Guide to moderating Network Engineering yourself: Close Voting

Last month, we crossed a big site milestone: 5000 visitors/day. In case you haven't noticed, that came with a non-trivial increase in questions (they increased by almost 50% since a few months ago). ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Certification/Education questions

April 2014 update: This is now listed on the what can I ask here? page's list of off-topic subjects. The consensus here seems to be that this site should be limited to technical discussion. However, ...