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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 ...


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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, ...


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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.


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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 ...


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Yes, we want to participate in the Winter Hats promotion.


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Tools used by Network Engineers - Questions about tools specific to Network engineering. Examples: Q: Wireshark filters for OSPF Link State ID Q: Why don't iperf, scamper and path MTU discovery packet captures agree on the path's MTU? Q: NMS with advanced user management Q: Monitoring Network Traffic Q: Network monitoring and mapping software ...


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Questions about Unix / Linux Servers which are running Network Protocols or a Firewall – Questions about firewalling or network protocols such as OSPF running on linux / unix servers... to qualify under this category: The system must not be purpose-built by a vendor specifically for routing / switching / firewall purposes The system must not have ...


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Yes, we want to participate in the Winter Hats promotion.


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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.


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"Prosumer" Networking Gear – Questions regarding products that aren't exactly "consumer" grade, because they have the option for a token support contract. They are also a little too cheap to be widely used and understood - i.e. "48-port Netgear" switch, such as the "Netgear Prosafe 48-port GS718TS". Examples: Q: Problems Connecting Catalyst 2960G to ...


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Lab Scenario: Questions about a lab scenario involving equipment we normally consider valid If you're studying for the CCNP (or another networking certification) at home / work and want to ask why a lab scenario you are building is broken, or need help configuring something; these questions should be on-topic. Even though lab questions are on-topic, we ...


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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.


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Encourage them! 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. – ...


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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 ...


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(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 ...


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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 ...


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TL;DR: No. 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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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Cool. Thanks JNat & Co. That is kind of you and the community to provide free swag to your users.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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Craig, thank you for all the time and effort you put into making this SE what it is now. SE staff confirmed that June 13th the elections will start.


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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. ...


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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 ...


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> 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 ...


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