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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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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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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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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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Site graduated! New design launched

As you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. If you see any CSS/styling bugs, please ...
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What should our logo and site design look like?

Things are looking fairly generic right now, it will need some sprucing up before public release!
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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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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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We need your questions - now!

You are reading this post on meta - great! So you are interested in this site, and very probably you have been watching it for some time. Seeing the questions come in, do you think, it's launching? ...
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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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Network Engineering — Top User Swag!

If you are one of the 72 users in the first two pages here, I have some great news for you! We want to send you a token of our appreciation for helping this site and community grow healthily into what ...
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Rejecting a lot of tag wikis: A clarification

I've had to reject a lot of the suggested edits for tag wiki excerpts, probably leaving a lot of people wondering why. The most common problem I've see is tag descriptions that simply define the word ...
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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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BEST PRACTICE: prefix tag names for equipment with manufacturer's name (eg “cisco-”)

PROBLEM-- If we have tags with just specific model numbers, we'll quickly have a sea of tags. People can mention the specific model in their question, and searching will turn it up. SOLUTION-- We ...
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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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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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Disagree with what is on/off topic here? Join the discussion! Community feedback needed

Most of the discussion for what was on/off topic by this community took place early in the life of the community before many of the currently active members had joined us here. While there have been a ...
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What should be in the FAQ?

What do we want the FAQ for this site to look like? What are some on and off-topic topics? We want to avoid 'which is better' questions like OSPF vs MPLS, since they can not be canonically answered.
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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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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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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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Does Stack Exchange have a place for open-ended questions and/or discussion?

Within the Stack Exchange structure is there a place for discussions and general sharing of information? In addition to specific questions and their answers I'd love to have a place where I can ...
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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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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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Storage Networking On-Topic?

With the advent of converged switching fabric, there is a great potential for overlap between storage and data networking. Being an integral part of the data center environment, I feel that the ...
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Why, oh why was this marked off-topic?

This is the question... in question (heh): Patch cable wiring/colors I understand the question has the word "home" in it, and probably points to something based on home networking, but this one ...
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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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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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Our set of tags

Well chosen tags improve the experience of the site regarding browsing and searching. If we would create some guidelines regarding tag names, we could get more consistent tags and avoid creating too ...
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Answer of questions

I have noticed people are choosing to answer their own questions. Is this apart of the go-to-live from the proposal stage or people answering anything? The idea of asking a question is generally ...
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Will questions about iptables, or other host-based firewall software, be on topic?

I suspect we are going to see a lot of questions about iptables, (and other flavors of on-host firewall/packet filtering.)
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Does the scope of this site extend to virtual networking?

For example vDS or Nexus 1000v. Example here.
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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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Are questions about specific devices off topic?

Are questions about a specific product off topic? For example, about problems with a certain hardware model, questions about upgrading a specific product. It's already discussed if comparison and ...
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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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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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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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Please comment your downvotes

I just wonder will it be better if you will comment your decision to downvote someone's answer? To correct or to specify a more better answer? It's not about getting a downvote, but more about knowing ...
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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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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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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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Possibility of Alternative URLs

What would the process be to change our URL to something more "snappy" than networkengineering.stackexchange.com? 10+ syllables is quite a mouthful to use when attempting to get the word out to ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election Results

Network Engineering's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They've replaced the pro-tempore crew* — please thank both teams ...
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Are questions like “Cat5e vs Cat 6” on topic?

Are they on topic? Should we make one big community wiki, about the different cat5(e)/6(a)/7?
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Should telephony questions relating to technologies like TDM be considered on-topic?

I know that in the most basic sense "Network Engineering" has an implication that it's IP Network Engineering, but I feel like this would be a great place to talk about telephony-based networks as ...
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Are questions regarding specifc device selection on or off topic?

Usually "shopping" questions are considered off topic in Stack Exchange sites, however in this site should there be an exception?
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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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Are capital-fixing edits necessaries in question titles?

I wonder if it is worth, and accepted, to edit questions just to fix a missing capital letter at the beginning of the question title. Or the beginning of the second sentence if there is one in the ...
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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, ...
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What should we have in NE “How to Ask” box?

I am concerned about how unfriendly it seems to new users that we invite them to Ask a Question but don't put helpful information next to them when they do. It turns out that Stack Exchange has two ...

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