EDIT - 5 Jun 2015:
Thank you very much for an outstanding redesign. I un-downvoted, and like the following:
The router hockey-puck is a home run; great re-use of the puck as the letter "O". Simple. Jammin. Bravo.
Incorporating a network diagram into the background is a nice touch; although it's practically invisible with such a small image. I'm ...
Advanced routing protocols like BGP, OSPF, IS-IS, VXLAN and EVPN on platforms without a paid support option (like Quagga, Mikrotik, FRR).
To me it feels 'wrong' that questions about these protocols, which this people on SE should be able to answer best, are considered off topic only based on the fact that there's no commercial support.
Currently off topic, ...
Yes, I think physical cabling would be on-topic
We've had some questions regarding physical cabling.
The ones which were closed would remain off-topic (home networking, vague, etc) even if physical cabling were on topic. That's good; I'm saying it seems we are already allowing physical cabling.
Cloud-based networking, such as Amazon VPC configuration, NAT gateways, VPN configurations, BGP routing, load balancing, etc. Also Azure virtual networking, and similar offerings by other cloud providers.
Admittedly, there will be overlap with questions on the basic compute and application services these vendors offer, and those would best be answered on ...
Services that are required for normal operation of a network such as DHCP, DNS, RADIUS, etc.
Currently mostly off topic (unless on a platform such as IOS), and should be on topic.
Other related meta discussions: here, here, and here.
Clarification of "protocols above L4 in the OSI model are off-topic" to specifically mention routing and tunnelling protocols, which should all be on-topic.
L2TP is on top of UDP
BGP is on top of TCP
I don't know that anyone would disagree: I'm just trying to make the rules clearer.
Downside first: T-Ball questions are probably not of interest to many (a majority?) of our power users. So having more of them would, basically, add more noise. But I don't think this negative point is a deal-breaker.
On the upside...
– This does a lot to make people (people new to this stack) feel welcome if we all respond positively.
Regarding iperf questions
Your your argument seems to go along these lines:
Because many iperf questions have fundamental misunderstandings, and answers are provided by unqualified people we should make iperf questions off-topic.
I disagree. Network Engineering is here to help people solve practical network engineering problems. If we need to use ...
(1) the same old questions churning
Any question without an accepted answer is periodically "updated" by the system to bring it back up to the top. This happens on all sites, but yes it is more noticeable on lower traffic sites. Please remember to accept answers on your questions to help avoid this effect.
You also get questions that resurface when someone ...
Since this is a forum for professional networking, I consider helping people to bypass network policies (for a network over which they have no control) to be unethical. I have to think how I would feel if that were my network since an anonymous OP may actually be a user on my network.
Questions related to bypassing network security or policies, except
More complete answer in response to comments by this user.
Tomato USB based Router - Enterprise features at fraction of price.
Just because a product has "Enterprise features" doesn't make it an enterprise class of device. Certainly either of these firmwares may be arguably better than vendor provided firmwares, but that doesn't make them ...
Certification questions have been deemed off-topic since before beta. In my mind, there is little difference between certification and homework questions, and they should be off topic whether they are multiple choice or not.
Personally, homework questions are a bit worse to me as I am not here to do some college student's homework for them. Getting an ...
Production Troubleshooting Scenarios:
Troubleshooting questions can be challenging to handle well on Stack Exchange, because they are so situational. However, they are welcome
Please back up answers with facts from the question
Please do not answer with speculation about the problem. If something is unclear, ask in a comment.
Good / Bad subjective - The ...
Let me preface my answer by stating outright that the entire "question" comes across quite a bit like a "troll" posting. Lots of ambiguous criticisms with very little "meat" in the post.
The majority of people participated in the definition and commitment (2013) have been long gone from NE for good reasons.
This is rather ambiguous and unhelpful. What ...
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 when you are mistaken and why.
Thank you for your question; I felt like someone should respond to this since you're making a very common request on Stack ...
We are aware of the shortfall, but rather than simply appointing another Pro Tem, we decided it was time to have a full community election! That is the first step following graduation — Congratulations! You're about to graduate.
As a pleasant surprise, we managed to get your site design finished way sooner than originally anticipated, so we will be ...
Another backer to what Mike is saying; the current model doesn't accurately reflect the network engineering field. It seems too playful for the persona this stack is trying to give off.
Adding to the recommendations: we generally operated in a more abstract and theoretical model. Perhaps something like this might be something we can incorporate?
You may ...
Completely agree with Jordan, that question really should not have been closed. This isn't the first time stuff like this gets brought up. A perfectly good networking question should not be closed just because someone mentions the word home.
Coupled with the recent less than positive posts on meta, I think the NESE community really needs to re-think their ...
Suggestion: Make it rain with the votes
There are anywhere between 10-50 regular users on the site. I think it is safe to say that 100% of every thread / question / answer has been read by at least five people in the top 10-50 regular users on this site.
If we can convince these users to be incredibly generous with their voting, that would mean every ...
I'd like to see virtual host switches (VMware ESXi and MS Hyper-V) added to the 'on' topics.
These switches share a lot of logic with their physical cousins - and need to interface with them - but do have their own flavor.
On-topicness (is that a word?) should be limited to the switch configuration on the host, not including other host configuration items.
How to Ask
I think something like:
Network Engineering Stack Exchange is for asking questions about
professionally managed networks in a business environment.
(Note: All questions about RESIDENTIAL/HOME networking and
CONSUMER-grade equipment, are explicitly OFF-topic.)
On-Topic subjects include*:
List of a few common on-topic ...
Strictly forbidden? No.
But we already strongly encourage users to quote/include the relevant information when answering a question, and to include a link out to original source material. That's the best of both worlds; useful information with proper source attribution for reference by future readers.
Ignoring the "spaminess" of the example, this is a valid concern that I appreciate you have brought forward. I do also want to say this is one that Mike and I have discussed privately, as well as with other moderators from other SE sites.
First, as Mike has noted, we are actually doing very well for a SE site of this age. The stats are generally decent to ...
> Why are recommendations or polls off-topic?
Stack Exchange strives to be an authoritative resource for Questions and Answers. Polls and recommendations wind up being a Repository (of knowledge), which is fundamentally at odds with the structure of SE.
Also note that shopping questions are a subset of recommendations (i.e. someone is asking for a product ...
I want to add to Brett's position on this, which is:
historical questions are valid as long as there is a way to give a concise, accurate and fact based answer.
We have to draw a line somewhere. Historical questions, like all others, should exhibit a compelling reason to be answered on NE. I could come up with a long list of trivia questions, which ...
SF came along first, and was targeted at IT professionals taking care of servers/networks and has built up a great community. The problem though is that the majority of the site is dedicated to server related questions/problems.
Network professionals didn't tend to frequent the site or consider it a valued resource. NE was started as a place for network ...