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Network design and engineering has almost zero overlap with systems administration, which is why there is so little networking content on Server Fault. Search for terms like "Cisco" and "router" there and you'll find very few questions and even fewer answers. This is because the very name of the site, Server Fault, implies that its focus is on systems ...


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Yes, we should merge them all because we simply don't have the numbers to launch the sites individually and to infuse them with the numbers necessary to prevent them from getting closed down in the same way that Astronomy.SE and Economics.SE got closed down due to inactivity - bear in mind that there's also significantly more Economics and Astronomy activity ...


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Maybe the trick would be to consider an enthusiast micro-computing site instead of directly covering Raspberry Pi? Then other like devices such as FitPCs, Panda Boards and other micro devices could help bulk-up the content as the same/similar issues are often shared across the field. Not to mention of course that this would open up scope for questions ...


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I believe this topic is broad enough and specific enough it deserves a separate site. Questions about specifics of "deeper" embedded programming usually fall on deaf ears when asked on StackOverflow, or are met with answers from users clueless about it (suggesting a JBOSS solution for a tiny embedded ARM9 platform?) There are subjects that go entirely ...


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Maybe thats your answer. When you say most people have a 51 reputation score and no other accounts its because most Networking People don't use the site because Server Fault doesn't provide adequate coverage of the topics that I work with like routers, ASA firewalls, ToR Switches and so on...


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Earth Sciences This answer is community wiki. Please add to it with additional sites to merge, or additional closed sites to ask for inbox-notification to previous followers. I suggest merging the following sites into a new single proposal of Earth, Atmospheric, and Environmental Sciences (thanks to InquilineKea for the title) Sites to merge: Climate ...


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Folks looking to ask questions don't have to worry: "Is my question too basic for this site?" I think that's the point; some questions are too basic for EL&U, and people asking questions there should have that concern. As an example, here's a recent question: Could anyone explain what does it mean when someone texts "I would talk later". IS this a ...


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Networking topics are explicitly on topic on Server Fault. From the FAQ: If your question is about… Server and Business Workstation operating systems, hardware, software and virtualization Enterprise storage, backup, and disaster recovery Network routing, switches, and firewalls Operations, maintenance, and monitoring There are a decent ...


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Topics can frequently fall under multiple sites. For example, many proposal sites would be on topic for StaockOverflow but break off in to their own more specific communities. I don't think people working in gamification are always UX people either. In fact, most of the people we talk to about it focus more on business processes, ROI, and analytics. The UX ...


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I suggested merging Geology and Paleontology but that didn't get anywhere. If a Geoscience proposal goes ahead, then the Geology proposal should be combined with it. There's interest in all of these proposals, just not quite enough to push each individual proposal forward.


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Sometimes less is more. I'm sure that not everyone would agree, but ardweenies [tm] would dilute the quality of a serious embedded systems board. Their numbers are sheer, questions tend to be basic, attitude tends to be naive, preliminary research tends to be lacking. Would an embedded systems designer want to answer "what shield should i buy?" questions? ...


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I think that a Rapberry-Pi site would benefit more from having its own site than (say) a specific programming language. The main reason for this is that it will prompt both hardware and software questions. A school-teacher with a bit of hobbyist electronics might be put off by the level of expertise required to make your way in Electrical Engineering, but ...


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To Warren and Renan I am one of those low rep individuals that you are speaking of and to be honest, I had never heard of Stack Overflow or the Stack Exchange network of sites until Jeremy Stretch brought it up on Twitter. Our field of networking is quickly becoming more involved as a community and I think this site would be very beneficial to help others ...


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I'm an EFL (English as a foreign language) teacher, and I've noticed that there's a huge difference between the language interests and perspectives of native English speakers/highly fluent people and English learners. There are different views of what is "correct," different perspectives on what is most useful, etc. I haven't seen too much on ELU that's ...


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Viewing the top rated questions, and considering Academia is expressly open to questions about research in industry, government, etc. I'm inclined to agree - Open Science is a subset of the type of questions that are already accepted in Academia.SE, and I don't think either community will particularly benefit from splitting them off.


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I work at a major University. We have a systems group and a network group for a reason. They are different disciplines. The network is more than the switch port. At Server Fault I'd expect someone to talk about creating trunks for VMs. maybe some VPN remote access methods. In Networking I'd expect to find answers on Layer 3 VPNs, dual hub single cloud ...


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Trends within the SMB market lead to a lot of "folks with many hats" types of roles. There is nothing wrong with that, and some folks prefer that route. In that realm, the concept of system administration typically also envelops the networking infrastructure - thus, your routing/switching infrastructure, your SAN, your IP telephony system, etc. The ...


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Can it work? Sure. If there is a large, active community of enthusiasts, with a potential library of questions and answers to be hosted, such a site could do very well. Will it work? Doubtful. Extremely niche Stack Exchange sites tend to suffer from serious problems. The entire system was designed to scale up: a large volume of questions, a large ...


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I think the best test of this would be to re-post some of our example questions to ServerFault and gauge the quantity and quality of responses. In my opinion SF includes networking in-name-only. Questions like the recent "When multicast client has obtained the first data packed (pim sparse) and switched to SPT, what happens when another multic source ...


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This proposal goes beyond serverfault, since it doesn't deal just with storing data, or accessing data... Some questions here could be fitted in stackoverflow, some in stats, and probably some won't fit anywhere else.


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I am at 51 rep as well so probably not going to get a lot weight behind this response, but there is a huge difference between a true network engineer and your IT generalist who happens to plug a few switches in or configure a firewall via the GUI. There is years upon years of expertise that goes into becoming the caliber of engineer that can design large ...


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Yes I think so! Firearms never made it out of beta the first time. Or the second or third times either. Weapons is a bit more broad, and so we'll be able to share our knowledge, and our userbase.


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If it has a hard drive in it, i am not interested in it.. i am wanting a community to discuss Cisco enterprise routers, switches, Cisco IOS command help, and certifications. Server fault does not address any of these. The above subjects are the only reason why i would frequent stackexchange. If this "networking" does not go through, i will not have a reason ...


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I think that's a great idea. It makes sense to start broad with a topic such as Geosciences and then spin off more focused sites down the road. StackOverflow and ServerFault have spawned many child sites based on a specialized topic. Geosciences would be a good umbrella site to start with. Folks can tag specific interests within the larger site.


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I suspect that an Embedded Programming and Design site would have very similar problems to the ones that Robotics is currently having. It too is a site which brings together elements of Stack Overflow, Electrical Engineering, adding in elements of Mathematics, GIS, Computational Science # and mechanical engineering as well as things which are highly ...


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I'm a new "low rep" member here on stackexchange.com as well. I also heard about this proposal as a result of a tweet by Jeremy Stretch on twitter. I'm interested in Cisco (and to a degree Junos and other competitors) networking questions and answers. I just took a look at the Server Fault section mentioned above and see absolutely zero overlap in topics ...


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I agree. The questions are interesting but can be asked on academia SE with more chance to get good feedback. I get the feeling this proposal and its following is more about promoting open science than about the Q&A aspect.


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I cannot say for sure that we would never merge the current (largely successful) crypto-coin sites, but at this juncture, it DOES appear that that ship has sailed. The current crypocurrency sites (along with the up-and-coming proposals) are so successful. This is an existential problem with how we scope Stack Exchange sites versus trying to create subjects ...


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I'm not sure what is lost by keeping expat questions in the Travel SE. It seems to me that expats can offer a lot of good advice to short-term travelers: they went through all the culture-shock recently enough, but as residents they know the country well. On the other hand, pushing expats to another site is throwing away a lot of expert advice. The links ...


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