I have seen some question regarding server configurations, for instance "How do I install [apache|nginx|letsencrypt]?". These questions are obviously not related to Drupal. There is however also no a good reason for closing. The best option would be:

Questions on programming, PHP, SQL, etc. that do not relate directly to Drupal are off-topic here, but can be asked on Stack Overflow.

But the question is not about programming, PHP, SQL or anything similar, it is about server configuration.

I found this old meta issue: Do we still want server administration questions? which makes me think there used to be the following option (probably from this earlier question: Add other StackExchange network sites to off-topic close reason):

If the question is a generic question about server configuration, consider asking it on Server Fault, as long as the question is about managing computer systems in a professional capacity.

I wonder why that has been removed, and if we can somewhat improve the closing of such questions. If I were to ask a question regarding server related stuff, I'd be surprised to see it closed with the reason I may not ask about programming. IMHO there should be at lease some message that we do not answer non-Drupal server related stuff here.

  • I was referring to the Help Center, drupal.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic, which still contains that sentence.
    – apaderno Mod
    Jan 28, 2017 at 19:41
  • Ah, I thought it used to be one of the close reasons. Thanks for clarifying. But can we add it as a close reason? Jan 28, 2017 at 19:43
  • @Neograph734 We only have three custom close reasons, and are using them all. We would either need to get rid of one, or edit this into an existing one.
    – mpdonadio Mod
    Jan 30, 2017 at 16:27


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