I'm using MariaDB server 10.3 currently at my job, which so far has successfully been a direct drop-in replacement for MySQL 8 (I use the MySQL 8 documentation as my reference when managing our MariaDB servers). If I need to ask a question about, say, a query that I'm wondering if could be improved, I would love to tag it with mysql and mysql-8.0 so that:

  1. It gets more attention than if I tagged it with only mariadb and mariadb-10.3.
  2. It's obvious that the question applies to MySQL as well as MariaDB, e.g. when people find it in the future

So how should I tag these questions? Would it be appropriate to tag both, so my question ultimately would end up with 4 tags?


From the [tagging] help page:

A tag is a word or phrase that describes the topic of the question. Tags are a means of connecting experts with questions they will be able to answer by sorting questions into specific, well-defined categories.

Based solely on that, I'd say it's fine to use both MySQL and MariaDB tags for a single question, assuming the question does not use specific features from MariaDB that aren't supported in MySQL (or vice-versa).

To head-off tag pedants, you may consider adding a sentence in your question to the effect of "I've tagged this question with both MySQL and MariaDB since the answer applies equally to both, and I'm trying to attract expert answers from both crowds".

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