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The title says it all, in not so many words... there are a lot of questions on StackOverflow about Apache configuration, especially on the proper way to create RewriteRules for some particular URL mapping. I personally think that these kinds of questions would be more appropriate for ServerFault, as Apache configuration is a sysadmin-type activity, not really a programming thing. (I know mod_rewrite is powerful but it's not quite a full-blown programming language ;-)

So what does the community think? Do Apache configuration questions belong on SF or SO?

EDIT: examples aplenty:

and many others like that

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My gut says "belongs on SF", since it's a matter of web server configuration. On the other hand, the rewrite engine is often used for programming purposes in developing web apps; if it can show up in the app requirements, it's at least somewhat programming related.

Add "Mod Rewrite complete befuzzlement" to the list of rewrite questions on SO, mostly because the question comments includes a mini-discussion about this very topic:

Now that I've already given an answer for this, it really belongs on ServerFault. – outis Nov 27 at 8:50

This is a kind of programming so it's OK on stackoverflow. – Kinopiko Nov 27 at 8:56

But it's not programming--it's a configuration issue. There's nothing wrong with the RE. Most importantly, the average SF user is going to be more knowledgeable about this than the average SO user; Antony's more likely to get better help on SF. – outis Nov 27 at 10:06

Maybe, but Serverfault is fairly low-traffic. – Kinopiko Nov 27 at 13:21

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I resent that someone things SF is Low Traffic. Most (read: good) questions don't go un-answered for more than 10 minutes. –  Mark Henderson Jan 1 '10 at 9:16
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And even if SF is low traffic (while Kinopiko asserted it, I don't know how true it is), not using it isn't the solution, using it is. –  outis Jan 4 '10 at 23:46
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gray area, as I said in my answer here. Use what's in your job title as the deciding factor. Is it "programmer"? Or something else? –  Jeff Atwood Jan 5 '10 at 0:26
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A truly gray area. Pick whichever site you think suits your question better, and go with it.

I'd also suggest that if your job title contains the word "programmer", go with Stack Overflow, and if your job title does not, then go with Server Fault.

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I would think that question which overlap the system could be asked in either of their overlapping sites.

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If they concern a production environment which is hosted on your (or your company's servers) then they should probably be asked on Server Fault.

If they concern a production environment which is hosted by someone else then they should probably be asked on Webmasters.

If they concern a development environment (i.e on your development machine for testing) then they should probably be asked on Stack Overflow.

Though it is an area that straddles both development (rather than just programming) and system administration.

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