It has been suggested that we close 'true beginner questions' as off-topic on this site.

Where do we draw the line? For example, should this question be closed (I've voted to close it as off-topic, but want to know what others think about the general principle)

So the question has been refined to be: How do we know a question is too basic? Where are we drawing the line?

What are the key characteristics of "too basic"?


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We've already answered that here: Beginner's questions (convert Access queries and such) as you noted, and we also answered it here: What kind of questions are allowed on Database Administrators ?

Basic SQL questions are to be routed to SO or closed. Flag if you want them migrated (until the migration paths are setup for this site after launch).

  • I'm hoping people will volunteer their definition of "Basic SQL" - to see if there is consensus on "where do we draw the line"? the other meta question focusses on what we want rather than what we don't want. Aug 15, 2011 at 15:36
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    If you're asking how to use a basic verb, or you're describing a problem set without showing any sql, then you're probably looking for Stack Overflow. If you can provide SQL and ask how to make it better, then you're probably looking for here. I concur tho, that we probably want better definitions as "what's off topic" so I'mma edit your post to that effect.
    – jcolebrand Mod
    Aug 15, 2011 at 15:48
  • Perhaps change the second link to meta.dba.stackexchange.com/q/11/21420 (now it links to a downvoted answer there).
    – Luc
    Mar 18, 2013 at 13:11
  • I really meant the link to go to the Q >.>
    – jcolebrand Mod
    Mar 18, 2013 at 13:52

These are the areas that I think are too basic:

In my mind, any question about this should be directed to SO.

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