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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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Why was my question deleted as "off topic: not related to hardware/software" even though McAfee is definitely a software ? Your question was automatically deleted due to the fact it was closed. It was closed by multiple community users, only one of those, is actually a moderator. I got accused as being responsible for ransomware spreading by ...


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According to Is there a sandbox to post test questions? you can use the Formatting Sandbox. Unfortunately the Formatting Sandbox only allows new answers to be posted not questions. However, one of the up-voted answers to Is there a sandbox to post test questions? suggests that test questions are allowed as long as they are deleted as soon as possible.


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Moab isn't a moderator. I do know all the moderators and can assure you none of them work for McAfee, as far as I know I feel like you're looking at the wrong comment - anti virus software tends to be resistant to disabling, for somewhat obvious reasons and needs a human with an admin account to do it. You also misunderstand the comment - it says that ...


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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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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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You are essentially asking what tools websites and webapps use to erase watermarks. Websites and webapps are off topic here and their inner workings are down to how the site was coded, and we have no idea what methods they chose. Take the website part out of your question and it is essentially a product recommendation asking what programs to use to remove ...


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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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I think the other answers are great but I'd like to put the situation into a different perspective. The main reason folks do not want to discuss ways to stopping a corporate antivirus product are because of the implications: If a way to stop the corporate security product exists from the endpoint, it bypasses deliberate engineering by the security system to ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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No. Smart TVs are not on topic here. They count as "electronic devices" or "media players" as per our on-topic page. and it is not about … electronic devices, media players, cell phones or smart phones, except insofar as they interface with your computer, If you problem were specifically about connecting a computer and viewing a ...


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If the problem is centered on your computer, browser or network hardware that you own then it is on topic at Super User. If the problem is that your ISP has problems then it is very much on the cusp. We have no control of ISP hardware and at best would suggest working around it with something like a VPN. If the problem is that the website is unreliable and ...


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Many of the volunteers in this community are sysadmins or computer professionals. I am one myself. There are details to my environment, and those of every enterprise, which make it less than useful for staff we support to go about the public internet asking questions. Some of those details are interpersonal, some policy-related, and many are technical. The ...


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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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I Think the important thing here is judge if the author is having right to do it. Not "hack somthing you should'nt", more of "hack something that is illegal to hack". For example, a more difficult case may be this: "How I do to bypass the administrator password of my own computer, after I installed the employee lockdown solution CD-ROM from my employer, ...


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