Suppose I want to configure my home openvpn server. Where should I ask a question about it? There are many similar Stack Exchange sites for that and all of them have openvpn tag. Possible candidates:

  • superuser
  • serverfault
  • ask ubuntu
  • unix & linux
  • network engineering

Which one should I choose?

  • My opinion: Superuser is for power users. You are configuring openvpn, so you aren't a power user. Serverfault is okay, although the beginners aren't really liked there and for them is everybody beginner with low repu. AskUbuntu is friendly, but dilettant and ubuntu-specific. Network engineering is small and also dilettant. unix-linux is okay for you.
    – peterh
    Commented May 21, 2014 at 13:03
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    @PeterHorvath: Server Fault is for professional sysadmins in pro settings, the term "home server" disqualifies the question above there.
    – Mat
    Commented May 21, 2014 at 13:32
  • @Mat Yes, it is the surface story :-) But after collecting 8 sites into my flair I can say there was the worst the beginning (not counting MSE of course), although from so 300 repu they were friendly soon. I feel so that they haven't any possibility to know if somebody is a "professional sysadmin", and somehow they think below 300 repu on SF nobody is.
    – peterh
    Commented May 21, 2014 at 13:36

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I'd go like this:

  • If you're on Ubuntu, go for Ask Ubuntu.
  • If you're on another distribution, go for Unix & Linux, unless you prefer Super User (you're a regular there for instance)

Server Fault is out, you're not talking about a professional server you're operating on as a systems administrator.

Network Engineering isn't the place either:

All questions about RESIDENTIAL/HOME networking and CONSUMER-grade equipment, are explicitly OFF-topic.

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