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Should basic SQL questions be allowed?

I’m going to buck the pervasive mentality here and ask the question:    Why shouldn’t dba.stackexchange.com include basic SQL questions? Previous related discussions: How do we ...
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Are licensing questions within our scope?

I noticed Server Fault preemptively posted a dummy question explaining that they don't give licensing advice, as you really need to figure out licensing with the company granting the license. They use ...
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What kind of questions are allowed on Database Administrators ?

When I first committed to DBA, it was generically named as "Databases". Now that we have the private beta up and running - what questions are allowed in here ? The site name indicates that the ...
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Do we accept database comparison questions or are they offtopic?

This is not the same as: Should we allow, even encourage, "feature comparison style" questions? Do we want to support questions such as: MySQL vs MariaDB Postgres vs MySQL Oracle vs MSSQL ...
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What about business intelligence?

I was wondering if business intelligence has a place on this website. In business intelligence, we can see three or four domains that relate to database expertise: ETL Data warehousing Data modeling ...
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Which site is best for code reviews of queries?

Imagine a junior database developer / DBA that may not have an avenue to get their SQL code reviewed for best practices and such as they are learning the ropes. There is of course the Code Review ...
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Are SQL Challenges On Topic?

Should SQL challenges (performance-related or otherwise) be considered on topic for this site? By "SQL challenge" I mean attempting to solve a problem using SQL that may not have any immediate, real ...
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Is DBA a place for homework questions?

Is asking homework questions allowed or should it be allowed/tolerated in dba.stackexchange.com? Is there a guideline for this in stackexchange?
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Should 'trivia' questions be off-topic

There is nothing in the FAQ or here on meta that specifically says these questions cannot be asked, and I think some other sites like SO tolerate them to a degree, but perhaps the expert focus here ...
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Are questions about "no-SQL" databases OK?

Is it appropriate to ask questions about things like Redis (a data-structure server)?
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Is it appropriate to ask for tips on data architecture here?

I'm working on a personal project that will require a database to track religions, gods, mythologies, and sacred texts. I've been struggling with what would be best practices for design and layout of ...
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MySQL high availability, failover and replication

Hello, Would this forum be appropriate for asking questions on best ways to configure MySQL in a high-availability manner with automated failover, and quick replication? Or would it be serverfault? ...
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I have selected an answer, but my requirements have changed

I recently posted a question here that garnered a couple nice answers. I selected the best one that worked and went on my merry way. Now, however, my requirements have changed slightly, but enough ...
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Are "certification" questions considered off-topic for dba.se?

Are questions about the following considered off-topic? How do I get certified for [xyz] What are the necessary course requirements to become an [xyz] How to validate and upgrade my knowledge of [xyz]...
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Is my question too basic for dba?

I feel my question Minimizing the number of parent rows for a distinct column in a child table may be too simple for dba. I know it is likely some simple group by logic that I am missing but I feel ...
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Would question about database recommendation be on topic?

I am developing desktop application that will need a database. App will only run on Windows. My problem comes from not being able to afford SQL Server Enterprise Edition, and Express Edition has ...
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Overlap between codereview and dba

Originally database design was included in the overall reviewing on CodeReview.SE. However, now that DBA is here, I'm wondering if those questions would be better here. What do you think?
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questions about the ReportServer database

Are questions about the ReportServer database (the SQL Server database that is the brain of an SSRS deployment) appropriate for this site?
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What shopping question are (and aren't) welcome on DBA.SE?

There are many shopping questions on the site; for example: Tool to generate large datasets of test data What tools are there for data masking? (MySQL, Linux) Any Open Source / free ETL out there? ...
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Is "config tuning" on topic?

Is it suiteable to ask questions that involve the configuration of the database with all it's parameters? I'm not talking about optimizing queries, requests,.. but the settings that are provided by ...
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Should questions about database choice be allowed?

I want to ask specific question - what database should I choose for analytics, here's my research of what I know and here is problems that I'm worried about in my case. This stack part is quite ...
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is there a place to request feedback for analysis I've already done on a complex issue

I've had a complex issue involving strange wait types, VM ware, deadlocks,existing code and more. I've done in depth analysis and I think I've figured it out based on a ton of research. I'd like ...
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What's wrong with this database recommendation question?

A while ago I asked this database recommendation question and it was immediately downvoted/flagged. I've edited it several times to try to clarify what I'm asking, but no matter how I try to explain ...
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Data Analyst Questions

From what I've seen, this site seems to be all about data, but there's a stigmata about asking questions not directly related to administration of those databases. The on-topic help page mentions ...
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Web programming only, or database applications of any stripe?

The DBA title kind of leaves the implication, for me anyway, that the site is aimed primarily at those of us who create and manage databases for online applications and similarly deployed settings. ...
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Are Essbase questions on-topic / within scope on dba.SE?

Essbase is Oracle's BI OLAP product (formerly from Hyperion, formerly Arbor). Is this an appropriate site for questions about Essbase (and other OLAP products for that matter)? Or are we sticking ...
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Should all 'when will xyz be released' questions be off-topic

There is nothing in the FAQ or here on meta that says these questions cannot be asked, but they usually either are answered with a quick look at Wikipedia or encourage pointless speculation Shall we ...
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Where should I post this question? SO or DBA?

I've got a question about my TVP insert code. I don't know if it's a problem with the SQL I'm using (so DBA because TVP is new and may have other tricks I don't know about) or if it's just bad form on ...
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Are ChatGPT answers allowed here?

I know that ChatGPT is banned on Stack Overflow. Lately, I saw an increase of answers by ChatGPT . Join twice on same table with different conditions and no PK / FK relations Get table data not in ...
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Is SQL parsing on topic?

Currently I have some problems which go into the direction of this SO question Parsing SQL in .NET My feeling is, that more experts for such questions probably follow SO than DBA and that they ...
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Would asking why an incorrect query is so much slower be "too basic"?

In doing some fairly small-scale data massaging/cleaning, involving JOINing a couple of tables, an early, erroneous attempt at a solution was drastically slower than (what I believe is) the correct ...
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Are Couchbase questions on topic?

I noticed that there was no tag for Couchbase and only a small number of questions mentioning it. So are Couchbase questions on-topic for this site - dba.SE (it which case it'd be lovely to get a tag)...
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Where can I ask about how to handle certain load?

I have asked a question about how to handle a certain load with Postgresql, including an accurate description of the table and numbers about the expected load but it was voted as off-topic. Is there ...
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Is question about improving database design on topic?

I was working on a creation of Informational System and had to create database that held large amount of data, with GUI that was responsible for edition/insertion/report building... Database was ...
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Are questions on preferring a db type, brand for some app tasks on topic?

Is it appropriate to ask questions on: what database types and specifically which vendors (brands) of databases should be preferred for use in some specific use cases occur in web applications that ...
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can i ask questions here about ElasticSearch?

I'm doing lots of development with ElasticSearch and I have lots of questions. Can I ask those questions here? Example of things off the top of my head: does elastic store the timezone when you ...
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Is LDAP on topic?

Are LDAP servers considered databases for the purposes of this site?
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2 pivot questions enter, one question leaves

Do questions on querying belong here? There were two questions on DBA about using the PIVOT operator in the past 12 hours. why does my pivot give me an error? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/...
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Questions about books and blogs during beta?

Do you think questions about blogs and other assorted "what should we read" content are appropriate during the site beta? Do they attract experts to the site? Now that the site is no longer in ...
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Is it ok to ask which database fits your problem?

I'm looking at building a radio play style streaming music player. My biggest concern right now is figuring out which database paradigm will fit the problem of calculating the next song the best. I'...
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Is this PostGIS database design question better suited to the DBA site or the GIS site?

I asked the following question on the GIS site: https://gis.stackexchange.com/questions/328463/postgis-proper-way-to-model-object-that-follows-sections-of-another-objects-pa Is that the best place ...
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Is my question appropriate here?

I have a question, but it might be to subjective. So, I thought I'd put it here and ask your opinion. Question: I want to know if there is any reasons at all not to use MySQL in this scenario. 2 ...
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Should each RDBMS tag have a version number? [duplicate]

We have RDBMS tags such as mysql and sql-server but should we only allow tags like this with the version appended? sql-server-2000 mysql-5.6 The reason I bring this up is the features and behavior of ...
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How do I find X data?

Is Database Administrators a place to ask, "Where can I find public domain data like mailing addresses" etc. Can someone point me to the right direction if DBA is not such a place. Thanks
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Is this a suitable site to ask about database schema on platforms such as Salesforce?

I've checked some questions such as: Is it appropriate to ask for database design review here? Is it appropriate to ask for tips on data architecture here? And while I can see that database design ...
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Is this question fitting in this section?

Assume the following table. I want to partition it in a way that it never happens to have elements from Field1 and Field2 which are "connected" (i.e. a and 1, a and 2, b and 1) go to a separate ...
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May I ask a difference between a database specific term and a technology generic term?

I have a persistent doubt about the difference of data warehousing and data archiving, but I fear being downvoted to hell by posting this in DBA. Is it ok, or is it off-topic?
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