It has been attempted in the past to create a dedicated Q&A Networking site on Stack Exchange. Unfortunately, those attempts have never gained traction and have been labeled as a duplicate site of Server Fault.
Jeremy Stretch of PacketLife.net has given the site a new life. With more network engineers getting on board with social media, this Stack Exchange site may get the life it needs.
As proposed, it will be a Network Engineering site with structured questions such as:
- BGP routes are being advertised from neighbor but don’t show up in the routing table. What am I missing?
- Design Dilemma – Benefits of Dual homing a server or dual homing a Nexus FEX switch?
- What are recommended methods of conducting a wireless survey in-house?
How’s this Network Engineering Q&A site different from what’s out there now?
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Join the Stack Exchange Networking Engineering site and help us make it an official site.