Network Engineering Stack Exchange Beta Live!

By stretch | Monday, May 20, 2013 at 3:58 p.m. UTC

A couple months ago, I announced a proposal to start a Stack Exchange site dedicated to answering questions concerning network engineering, similar to how Stack Overflow and Server Fault cater to the concerns of programmers and systems administrators, respectively.

I'm happy to announce that the proposal has made it through the definition and commitment phases and last week was opened as a public beta site at networkengineering.stackexchange.com! The beta process is critical for shaping the content and style of the site, so the more people use it the better we can refine and nurture its content.

Why a Stack Exchange site? The platform has proven immensely useful for directed troubleshooting and answering targeted questions. As opposed to discussion forum threads, which often digress into tangents and off-topic conversation over the course of days or weeks, the streamlined question-and-answer format of the site leverages community feedback and voting to promote what is accepted at the best answer (which the asker can optionally confirm). This medium is much better suited to questions which can be directly answered (e.g. "How can I...?" and not "What's the best...?"); please keep this in mind if you decide to participate in the beta.

Check out the beta!

About the Author

Jeremy Stretch is a network engineer living in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area. He is known for his blog and cheat sheets here at Packet Life. You can reach him by email or follow him on Twitter.

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Comments


Chris (guest)
May 21, 2013 at 6:24 p.m. UTC

I think you can shorten the name (neteng.stackexchange.com), or choose something relevant to the world of networking (much like Stack Overflow is related to programming) that is much shorter to type.


peelman
May 24, 2013 at 1:46 a.m. UTC

Routing Loop is still my choice for a name :)


generalnetworkerror
June 3, 2013 at 8:53 a.m. UTC

A pat on the back for this idea!


belacqua (guest)
September 11, 2013 at 6:14 p.m. UTC

Well, it's about time. I'm seeing this rather late, but I suggested such a site nearly two years ago on area51, and it was shot down administratively (I believe by Robert Cartaino himself) as overlapping with Serverfault. Derp.

Good job - I'll check it out.

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