Proposal: Network Engineering
Should the scope of this site include discussion of professional certifications such as CCNA, JNCIA, Net+, and so on? Or should it be limited strictly to technical topics?
All the major networking vendors have learning forums already frequented by students. & tutors for the purpose of certification already. Also, there are already numerous learning forums like IEOC, Group Study & the like. What's the point in re-inventing the wheel?
The purpose of the site should be for facilitating discussion & exploration of real world Network Engineering issues that will inspire all folks with interest in the broad range of topics this entails to participate, not just certification seekers.
Certification specific questions should probably be avoided, but I don't see a reason for someone studying toward one of these certifications, that has a question about a technology they don't have much experience with in a lab, to ask for clarification. I think that would help a lot of people out.
EDIT: For clarity, I'm for having this not be geared toward certifications.
My vote is no. We need to fence off the braindump questions (and the braindumpers) that inevitably plague any networking forum.
I would go so far as to say, leave any mention of the certification acronyms (CCNA JNCIA etc.) off whatever keywords this forum uses to reduce visibility when people search for certifications.
As someone said above, no issues with people asking general questions or about something to do with their lab setup.
I have many other options for when I want to discuss certifications.. including studying/sitting exams.. "Network Engineering" is primarily about designing & implementing the optimal.. or the closest-to-optimal solution that fulfills demand, the support & development of solutions. Enough in that I think!
Its probably best to ask for advice if you're studying for an exam, but not specifically relate it to an exam. Like asking about VTP config issues on your test lab.
Lets not forget the minefield of NDA issues around asking and answering certification related questions. Before even delving into the nasty realm of test dumps and websites.
So yeah, just keep it to the question you need answering; whether its from actual equipment, GNS3, or packet tracer.