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It looks like the SQL tag is used incorrectly for some questions.
Should it only be used when the question is really about SQL? Or is it OK to ask it for a question like:
How to determine if an Index is required or necessary
How do you test for race conditions in a database?
It seems like non-DBA types might put SQL on anything they ask because that is kind of how they think of DB questions compared to the rest of their world.
Should "SQL" only be used as a tag if the question is actually a SQL question?
Jan 4, 2011 at 17:59
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"Should "SQL" only be used as a tag if the question is actually a SQL question?"
SQL tag could be misused a lot. Is should be used just when the question has a direct relation with SQL.
Jan 4, 2011 at 18:45
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I think we better avoid a sql tag and use more specific tags.
What is actually a SQL question ?
Would all users use this in a consistent way?
Let's try to keep our tags informative.
Jan 4, 2011 at 18:22
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Yes because in addition to @ bigown's answer we do allow databases on here that are not SQL such as the NoSQL databases and even MS Access. However it should not be used, and should be retagged if the question doesn't actually have anything to do with some SQL dialect
Jan 21, 2011 at 14:46
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