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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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Boilerplate Comments for Closing Questions

I ask this purely because I'm lazy, but can we compile a list of boilerplate comments to leave on questions receiving close votes? I ran across this question where hot2use posted a terrific close ...
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How can this question still not be clear enough?

Recently I've tried to revive one of my old, interesting and - at least, for me - pretty clear question from closure. After editing the post and casting a reopen vote, unfortunately it seems I've hit ...
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Why is there no option to flag Answers posted as Comments?

Often I see Answers posted as Comments - sometimes I will add a comment asking the user to add an answer themselves, but this is usually ignored. Posting Answers as Comments clearly impacts the site ...
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Answer my own question from other's suggestion

A member posted comments on a question I recently asked on DBA StackExchange. One of his comments helped me find the right answer to my own question, so I posted the answer myself. But the user who ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Old questions showing recent activity

Why do some questions come to the top of the active list when nothing seems to have been changed? Example question:Old question without noticeable activity
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Where should I post my question? DBA, Software Engineering or Code Review?

I want to ask about the structure of my database but I'm not sure where should I ask. Code review has the SQL tag about schemes and Software Engineering has the SQL about desing, but Database SE also ...
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What are the guidelines for flagging posts, again?

I came across this answer in the First Posts review queue. It didn't look like an answer to me, but rather a comment requesting clarification from the question author, so I flagged it as "Not an ...
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Product support for a master data management product

I manage support for a master data management product. We have customers who have asked for a more public community site to share questions and answers in preference to or in addition to the existing ...
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Should there be a tag for timescale or timescaledb?

Actually there is a tag for time-series-database, but as the OP in this question has suggested, may be there should be a tag for timescale or timescaledb. A search for timescale returns 12 results, I'...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Can we add text to the effect that ORA-00600 errors are off-topic?

(IMHO) Oracle ORA-00600 errors should be considered off-topic here because they're internal errors and there's very little we can do to diagnose and help people with them. The recommended and best way ...
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Can we open “Launch Python Script from Insert Trigger”?

Launching a python script from an insert trigger As you can see, OP is asking for coding specifics as they do not know how to do this. I really don't see how "How can you make a python script execute ...
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Huge number of visits

In the first 24 hours after posting, Identity column re-seed: when it is necessary? garnered about 700 Visits. Was it real? Was it some form of hacking? (I'm not complaining; my Answer got a lot ...
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Should a newly-created tag be propagated to existing questions?

Apologies if this has been asked before. It seems like something that would have come up early on, but I do not see an existing meta question on the subject. If I create a new tag for a product ...
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Consolidating RDBMS-specific tags to one on functionality?

In my question, Does the SQL Standard mention trigger events on DDL (ALTER, CREATE, DROP)? I address the fact that many databases are addressing this need with ad-hoc functionality. Do we need one ...
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Burninate “schema”?

The schema is currently defined as, A schema of a database system is its structure described in a formal language supported by the database management system (DBMS) and refers to the organization ...
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Deleting Unsuitable Content from the Database Administrators Stack

For the backstory, see Paul's post on the topic. If you notice unsuitable content on the site, you can assist in removal. Depending on your reputation, you can assist by taking the following actions:...
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Are trivial questions 'too localized'? Any need to improve respective close reason message?

Update: I've deleted my answer on the referenced question. Now, it can be purged by delete votes or the Stack Exchange Roomba. I would like to understand better why How to upgrade pgAdmin 4 version 1....
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Deleting useless content from the site

Our site has a lot of good content with lasting value. It also has quite a bit of poor content - primarily old, closed questions that do not qualify for the automatic cleanup processes. To summarize ...
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Stackoverflow data model for new tags

I would like to know how Stackoverflow and StackExchange manage pre-defined tags tags and addition of new tags. Today, I tried to define a new tag, only to be met with this error message: Creating ...
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Purpose of change-tracking tag

I just saw a question about version control, where an edit has been suggested changing the tag from tools to change-tracking. My gut reaction was the the change-tracking tag was more about tracking ...
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Removing the SQL tag

We have decided to burninate the sql tag by a clear majority (46 to 7 with 750 views): Let's burninate the SQL tag! It is now time to work out the details. I have added an answer below ...
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Suggestions for a better headline graphic

An answer to DBA's updated site theme is ready for testing! suggests that the headline graphic ought to be more reminiscent of an ERD diagram. Before: Now: In a comment, Catija asked us to come ...
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DBA's updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Can we reopen this question?

There is a question by Evan Carroll about the origins of "sargable" that initially had received some "tough love" and got closed as off-topic. I was among those who voted to close it (as too localized)...
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I am not having a response for my question

No comments, no edits, no answers. How can I show up my question to potential users and get responses? Link for my Question
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How to tag MariaDB questions that also apply to MySQL

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 ...
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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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Closing questions as off-topic when they belong on our site

Over the past couple of days I have noticed questions that have been flagged as needing to be closed or migrated to Stack Overflow because these questions contain code or not direct questions about a ...
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How to add conclusive information to a question - after it has been answered?

The other day I asked a question that I have been struggling with for some time. when the question was answered, before I accepted the answer I tried it. After that I wanted to show the world, and ...
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what could be an acceptable way to add a fix to an accepted answer?

I have a question regarding calculating the space used by a table, indexes, etc. Someone just used the scripts they got from the beautiful answer to that question, and noticed it did not work for sql ...
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Let's burninate the SQL tag!

The sql tag was discussed most recently in Is the [sql] tag useful for DBA.SE? (May 2015). Things have changed, and it is time to revisit this discussion. The most popular views last time were that ...
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Asking query performance questions

What information should be provided when asking how to improve the performance of a query?
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Where Are Units and Values Specified in Questions and Answers

When describing the unit (e.g. GB) of a value (e.g. 32) in questions or answers where should the unit be placed?
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Creation of a DBA.SE-flavored Minimal, Complete, and Viable Example page [duplicate]

All too often I see questions that are vague and just outright difficult to understand. I try to send the OPs to Stack Overflow's MCVE page, but that doesn't seem to work often enough and I wonder if ...
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declined very low quality post (-5 votes and deleted)

A flag for very low quality post was declined. -5 Performance tuning for MySQL database (read only) answered Jul 3 at 15:53 by XXX With the reason: declined - flags should only be used to ...
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Is the comment-only answer acceptable?

Today I ran across this question, which I think is a pretty good example of a situation where a full answer may not be warranted. It was a bit messy in the original edit, but there was a correct (if ...
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Add Licensing questions as off-topic on help/on-topic page?

I've seen this question covering why we don't need to add an explicit VtC option to covering licensing questions. However, it would seem to make sense that, if we're going to close questions about ...
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Should we allow non-standard alternatives for standard syntaxes?

There are a lot of very minimal things that we can rewrite with the same effect >99% of the time, two of which come to mind are Non-standard syntaxes for Identity Columns for databases that support ...
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Renewing the “basic” discussion

It was reviewed quite extensively on meta. This debate is years old. Can we get a resolution on this? I came to the site far after the question was initially presented. In fact, it was already ...
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A “draft-box” facility

Would it be possible for users to have a draft (i.e. save before posting) facility on the site? I frequently find myself interrupted in the middle of answers and am obliged to abandon my efforts and ...
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Pinning/sticking good (canonical) questions/answers to top of board

I was wondering whether it would be a good idea for moderators (based on popular demand) to be able to pin/stick posts at the top of the meta questions list (as is done here). Two posts that I would ...
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How to edit my question or is it too localized?

I have a question which was marked as too localized. I understand that it looks very specific and I have workaround, but it is unclear the reason why that happens and also someone else can have the ...
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Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable Example

How to create a Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable Example for database-related questions Database-related questions asking for practical advice will get the most helpful answers if they provide a ...
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Why do people get credited for editing questions?

I am getting very annoyed with people editing my questions for no reason other than to satisfy their own ego. The changes make no material difference BUT mean I have to keep rolling them back. Why ...
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Should DBA.META.SE Have a Featured And/Or FAQ Tag

Based on Max Vernon's recent Meta Post request for a MCVE Page in the Help Centre on DBA.SE I initially posted an answer with an alternative idea for making information visible. Because I changed my ...
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Add an MCVE section to our help page?

StackOverflow has a great page in their help section on how to create a minimal, complete, and verifiable, example (MCVE). I think it would be very helpful if we had a similar document showing how ...
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Help me write this query in SQL

I'm trying to get help writing a query from scratch using Structured Query Language, or SQL. What information do you need from me to get my boss to stop screaming? I've asked all my co-workers for ...