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Converting/distilling some of my comments into an answer... Yes, we should update our tag wikis to not unconditionally point people at webapps.SE when they have an AWS or EC2 related question. But where do we send them instead? Actually, the answer to that question becomes more like a long switch statement (in a language such as C or Java), where the ...


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There really shouldn't be a shopping tag, because just shopping is explicitly off-topic as you mention. We rarely blacklist tags though, so it reappears whenever someone gets it into their mind to tag a question as such. I would like to take this opportunity to point out, however, that questions realted to shopping can be OK if written appropriately. A ...


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This is 100% status-bydesign. In fact, it's a core part of how Stack Exchange works. The sort of questions you're seeing are what we call "canonical answers." It's an effort to build a knowledge base of information that's likely to be useful for many different people. Self-answering is encouraged. If you figure out something cool that other people might ...


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Yes, these should be closed as primarily opinion based, because they're subjective and there's no real problem to be solved. A couple of reasons: It's easy enough to take a look at what both tools offer online and compare them yourself, with regards to whatever criteria may be more important to you (which could be anything). Answers would simply be a list ...


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This is not a real "answer" to your question nor official policy, so please bear with me when I'm rambling a little. First of all, NDAs are a very specific case: Should moderators enforce NDAs for software vendors? No user can sign an NDA on SEI's part, and therefore SEI [Stack Exchange, Inc. ] is not required to act when a user breaks a contract with a ...


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In addition to the excellent answer by allquixotic, I'd recommend everyone considering cloud questions to vote on the Practical Cloud Computing proposal at Area51. I'm not behind it, but I'd very much like to see it succeed - we get a lot of those questions on ServerFault too, and most of them don't really fit there. I'd like to see them go to a good home.


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I have seen a number of questions on how to bypass network security. While security questions are not off-topic on SuperUser, they should still pertain to one of the general environments we support; e.g., a home network, a Windows/Mac/Linux box, a small business network, etc. Large enterprise security stuff belongs on Server Fault or Information Security ...


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Let's start with the Help section. It says that the site is focused on problem solving. Its guidance: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Avoid asking subjective questions where there is no actual problem to be solved. Based on that, cost is not a problem to be solved on this site. That was easy --...


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I've commented my feelings on each of these questions.... Overall I don't see the need for a 'research' based site, especially if said research is on linux/unix systems (which it generally is). What are cgroups and are they useful for cluster administration? -> Linux/Unix How do I transfer large files to and from a remote system? -> too broad, either ...


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I’ve noticed recently that numerous users (including high-rep users and even moderators) have been posting generic, hypothetical questions, followed immediately by an answer and accepting it. Any examples, you're leaving us guessing to which type of those questions you're actually referring. Like nhinkle outlines; we've had community-faq questions, an ...


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So that we know which questions to close, of course. ;p Flags get generated on the fly when people use them - sometimes they aren't appropriate. It's a small enough tag that it could be taken care of. I wouldn't be suprised if this tag got killed off during a previous tag cull and has since reappeared.


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Super User is a question-and-answer site. As such, questions on it should be specific questions or problems that need to be solved. If you were going to post a bug report here, you would absolutely have to frame it as a question. Just saying "this is a bug triggered by X and Y" isn't really a question. Rather, you could ask something like "when I do X or Y, ...


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Are offers like this allowed on Superuser? Offers to pay someone to do some work have never been allowed on the Stack Exchange network: I totally appreciate your willingness to reward people's efforts, but offers of money are extremely frowned upon on Stack Overflow for various reasons - mainly out of the fear that allowing them would introduce very harmful ...


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I believe there needs to be one more technical SE site created for this. Something like cloudops.stackexchange.com (Cloud Operations) for AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Azure questions that pertain to the technologies that are specific to those platforms. For now, ServerFault could possibly be acceptable, but don't take my word for it -- ask them.


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Sure. If you provide a bit more detail here, we can let you know if it would be alright, just to clear up any doubt. But as long as you stick to a factual, objective, answerable question, I don't see the problem. Just be prepared for the inevitable "this is not possible" -- if you are asking how to do something that a program simply can't do (without ...


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There is an official way to report bugs in Windows 10. It is called Windows Feedback and can be accessed through the Start Menu (I just typed feedback into the search box). There is an interesting blog article detailing how the Microsoft engineers track and filter this feedback. It is too long to fully quote here.


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Generally... I don't think so. Practically when we deal with 'modifying' hardware on SU, its generic, and involving fitting in a component the hardware is designed to do. If you are going to have to pick up a soldering iron to 'modify' a component, I do believe its far out of our scope.


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Well - broadness isn't just for solutions, it is for problems. Incidentally I hate it when folks go "What about all these other questions" - it just is kind of a "If my question gets closed all the other questions that seem too broad to me get closed". Feel free to vote to close when you have enough reputation, but throwing a huge list of questions you ...


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Questions starting with why that involve human factors (in your case, you're specifically asking why people in a company don't do a particular thing) are off-topic pretty much across the entire SE network. The reason is that they tend to be very open-ended and don't have any particular right or wrong answer. The best people can do is cite rumors or articles ...


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My reaction was pretty similar to djsmiley2k's. The vast majority of questions in the list would either fit well within existing sites' scopes or are bad questions for the SE model. The best rationale for a new site may not be lack of coverage, but lack of expertise elsewhere. The value would be in creating a pool of experts for the things that are more ...


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Sure why not? Consider a few things though. Using autocad is specialised so you may not get an answer (immediately?) - general usage questions should definately be in our scope tho


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This is tricky and I think normally, based upon previous answers I've seen, it depends on the purpose of the question. There are often legit reasons for doing something a little naughty! For example How do I hack my own computer to get my files back since I lost my password is fine, we can see there is no malicious intent. The question How do I hack ...


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If you want to know the difference between the two operations that are described by the two terms, it's perfect for Super User. If you want to know the difference between to English terms that may be used to describe a variety of operations/objects/etc., then that question is most likely better suited for English Language & Usage. If you're sure that ...


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Before smartphones came along my teachers used to say that even calculators were computers. I think a computer is anything that can run software. Update: I would say a computer is anything that computes. And some devices, appliances, objects such as a house have computers in them but they would not be a computer. I would say there us a difference between ...


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The process for removing any virus is largely the same regardless of the virus, so the general question: How can I remove malicious spyware, malware, adware, viruses, trojans or rootkits from my PC? will more than likely be applicable. If you've tried the things suggested there (up to but not including reformatting your hard drive) and you've still not ...


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Sathya's answer focuses on topicality. Questions can also be on-topic but be a bad fit for Super User for other reasons. Brainstorming questions often aren't a good fit because the question seeks to compile a list of ideas, and may not have an objectively right or best answer. Similarly, troubleshooting questions can't be handled well in a Q&A format. ...


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Cost should never be the primary focus of a question. Cost is not actually a problem with computer hardware or software. Cost might be a factor in choosing between two ways of doing things, but any question asking about the different ways of doing things should be reasonably scoped to keep it within the rules of the site. You might ask if cost would be a ...


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Thats... unusual. I don't ever recall this ever happening. With the current SE site model, overlap happens so its probably as much "can this site survive" as "will questions get asked elsewhere". The answer to the question you haven't asked is "The site might work as something for the Research Computing community". Arguably a good chunk of these folks ...


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This would not be on topic for the main site as it is to do with company definitions and not computer hardware or software. "What does word mean?" Or "How do I use words or phrase?" Would be on topic at English Language & Usage, but I suspect that defining company types would be off topic there and you would have to ask their meta. It ...


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Looking at your examples I would have to say that all three of those questions are off topic here. From the help centre: Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about … computer hardware, computer software, or personal and home computer networking Your first and third questions fail to meet the ...


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