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 ...
I hate that I had to manually edit over 100 questions to do this, but I am just over 2/3rds done. We started with around 200 network questions, and we're now down to about 60.
Thanks to Ryan Foley for helping out with the 60 remaining questions
I deleted a bunch of networking tags over the weekend, but a moderator will need to ...
If the META site isn't the right place for this question, please move as necessary.
You've come to the right place :-)
After banging my head against the wall on this question, I resorted to simply using lots of BR HTML tags so that I could markup the answer to highlight certain parts.
Underlined text is not supported by Stack Exchange Markdown; however,...
The following is a first-cut proposal for what we should do. All suggestions and comments gratefully received.
How to Ask
We currently have a completely generic "How to Ask" box, which I think is unhelpful.
Network Engineering is for professional networks
On Topic questions include
Configuration of professional switches, ...
I think it's a good suggestion to show a short summary of the most important criteria for posts being on topic there. It may help stop some of the obviously off topic questions (educational, home networking, etc).
Yes, that feature is available but is not exposed by any means in the UI.
You can construct the url yourself with following recipe:
In the address bar of your browser
replace questions with posts
replace everyting after the last / with timeline
For your meta question, this will be the result:
Our help/editing-help page probably has what you're looking for.
Edit to add: The trick is to use ><code></code> tags and <br> instead of newlines. Source from the answer comments
$ dig example1.com +noall +answer +identify
example1.com. 86062 IN A 188.8.131.52
;; Received 46 bytes from 184.108.40.206#53(72....
What would it take to get migration targets added to the off-topic rationales instead of the current catch-all?
As the site leaves beta, and we have some well-established traditions around community close voting, adding a few specific migration targets makes sense.
It's easy to look at the long list of SE sites and assume you know where a question should ...
Moderators have the option to remove/refund a bounty. In this case the bounty is refunded and then the question can be migrated.
In the future, if there is a bounty and the community feels it should be closed for various reasons, this is a time they should flag it for moderator attention.
There's nothing wrong with leaving a question unanswered if there is no explanation what has been done to resolve the problem.
Posting an answer that it was solved but the poster doesn't know how won't help much. There's no real benefit for others looking to solve similar problems, and only the person posting the question is able to accept an answer, so the ...
Small business devices cover a very broad spectrum of devices, some little more than consumer devices repackaged for the small business by marketing/sales to nearly fully enterprise capable devices containing many features. Some sizable business and higher education environments with network professionals make use of the higher end small business devices (i....
To be honest, I had never seen this function until you mentioned it. I have no idea if we can enable it on NE.SE (if we would want to) and how to do that (but we could find out, if people would find it worth investigating).
I'm not really sure how effective this measure would be. Quite a number of the closed as off topic questions don't contain that many ...
There is a close message that does already contain much of that information, so it seems like a bit of a redundancy. We have the ability to edit the generic off topic message, plus define up to three of our own custom off topic close reasons. Currently the generic message reads as follows:
This question does not appear to be about network engineering ...
Not an answer, per se, but here's the one comment that I think works pretty well for a generic "sorry, off topic" close boiler plate. It's one long line so you can copy it and get the mark-up too:
Welcome to NE, the stack for Qs about professional Net Eng. I apologize for this paste-in comment, but I have to use this a LOT. Have you read our [What Can I Ask ...
Unless there is a really well-established abbreviation that so engrained in the community norm that a significant number of users are likely to try it before the "full name", we generally do not abbreviate names just for the sake of removing a few keystrokes. We haven't seen anything like that here.
With bookmarks, hot linking, and text completion, it is ...