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There're Stack Overflow, Server Fault, and more — where should I ask my question?

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Is there some basic set of rules-of-thumb about what belongs on Stack Overflow, Server Fault or Super User?

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I think it is pretty much in the first paragraph of the FAQ for all 3 sites (here, here, and here), but in general, I usually think about it like this:

  • Stack Overflow > Specific (and answerable) Programming related questions
  • Super User > General computing issues dealing with home computer hardware and consumer grade software/operating systems
  • Server Fault > Enterprise Network issues, and commercial grade software/hardware/operating systems

There is some overlap between Server Fault and Super User, but the guidelines I use for myself seem to target the correct audience.

  • Well, that overlaps quite a bit, but... I guess it'll have to do. – einpoklum Sep 27 '12 at 7:07
  • @EyalRozenberg The only real overlap is the small/medium business IT world where they are using consumer grade hardware, software, and networking. For those issues, I'll generally go to SU for smaller or isolated problems with the hardware/software, and SF for widespread problems or networking issues. – psubsee2003 Sep 27 '12 at 8:21

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