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I have a lot of server related questions but I don't know where to ask them. The most obvious place, Server Fault seems to be for people who are already experts in the field (evident from the knowledge level in the responses, and the FAQ section:

and it is not about...Networking outside the professional workplace

Where should I ask these? Ask Ubuntu, Stack Overflow, or Super User?

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what kind of "beginner server questions"? –  Sathya Nov 4 '11 at 7:05
    
@Sathya things which are more complicated than anything on a tutorial. ie. username/passwords, should they be stored in a SQL table? Is that secure enough? What about databsing pictures? Where should the actual files be stored? A novice programmer wouldn't know that server-side you log in as user www-data and this restricts where you can save files –  puk Nov 4 '11 at 7:16
    
A question about password storage prbably belongs on security. –  Zoredache Nov 4 '11 at 7:31
    
@Zoredache the FAQ section reads 'IT Security - Stack Exchange is for Information Security professionals'. I don't feel comfortable asking them where I should save my username/password. –  puk Nov 4 '11 at 7:50

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In my opinion, on Server Fault the level of ability is not as important as the role of the server/network and your level of responsibility for it. Generally, we expect you to have root/admin access. The question should not be about things only serving your home.

There are already questions that cover most of what you mentioned in your comments – though some aspects of those questions are also covered on the Database Administrators and Webmasters site.

Honestly, I think you should just take the time to write a good, clear, non-subjective question. Pick the site that looks like the best fit to you. If a good question is asked on the wrong site, it will probably get migrated to the best site and get answers. Having a question you ask get migrated is not a bad thing.

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100x this, it's not about being a beginner - we where all there once. –  Zypher Nov 4 '11 at 7:51

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