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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Add an answer box banner warning against generative AI?

We decided in Are ChatGPT answers allowed here? that generative AI answers are not allowed on our site. There is now an option to add a banner to the answer box informing people of this. The options ...
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Is it ok to add an answer for a later software version?

Sometimes I see questions tagged sql-server-2005, but I have an answer for a later version, like sql-server-2019. Things have changed and it works in a slightly different way. Is it ok to add an ...
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Ongoing Moderation Strike

Since Monday, June 5th, 2023, moderators and content curators (that's you, dear reader) from across the Stack Exchange Network, including the moderation team on this site, have decided to protest ...
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Is asking about a list of the rules determining effective permission in SQL Server within the scope of the site?

Would the following question be within the scope of the site? I've been struggling to find a listing for the rules that determine the effective permissions of a user on a database object in SQL ...
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As you all know, advertising is an important source of revenue for Stack Overflow and it helps us support all the sites across the Stack Exchange Network and the resources that go into maintaining and ...
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Why was the Spam flag declined when the user was blatantly recommending his software of the same name

What does a RED X on a database user mean? I can't see it anymore but I am sure that I had marked Esrim's reply as Spam because he/she was recommending software of the same name as his. I was ...
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Why was a question about AWS RDS / Postgres permissions model closed?

Can I get some feedback on how / why this one was off topic: What permissions are needed to prevent ERROR: permission denied for tablespace pg_global in RDS? It's not clear to me whether I've ...
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Downvoter targeting questions so that they get removed by Roomba

A downvoter has been targeting questions so that they get removed by Roomba. I don't know whether only my questions are targeted. Examples: History of the provisioned write capacity in DynamoDB ...
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What's an appropriate edit to an old post containing links to old documentation?

See this edit for an example: a four years old question contains a link to the then-current documentation. The world has moved on since, and someone changes the old link to point to the new ...
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What is the appropriate tag to use for "database"?

I just asked a question What columns are needed to list the database, schema and table a record comes from? which asks about which 'database' a row comes from in a cross database/schema question and ...
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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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2022: a year in moderation

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Possible up-vote abuse?

The question I came across in New Question queue, looked so horrific I didn't dare rate it; I just put in my rash opinion as a comment. I glanced at it later, and it had 2 up-votes. Knowing a bit ...
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How can I improve my question? [duplicate]

Question here. I did my best to follow Stack guidelines: The question is formatted nicely with code and tables in appropriate forms. Where possible, I pared these down to just the relevant ...
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Canonical community QA for index usage troubleshooting

Is there already a canonical QA for troubleshooting why an index might not be used, even though the index exists? If not, is there an appetite for one? Should it be per-DB flavor or generic? The ...
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Please add a tag for griddb

I am seeking help to create a tag for griddb. Please check ( Tag Info ) on SO. I have posted question on DBA.SE that would cover in griddb tag. Currently I have used query tag because that's the ...
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Is it healthy for the community to have the same user asking so many questions daily?

Recently I've seen a user asking 13 questions (most of them with a negative score) in a row for a specific tag and that gives me the impression that the user is overflowing the queue leaving other ...
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Is providing a cash bounty acceptable on dba.stackexchange.com?

We're trying to import (reverse engineer) some data from someone else's MS SQL database, without any vendor support. We're Happy to pay a $200 USD cash bounty to anyone that can solve this in a ...
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Should I vote to "move to Stackoverflow" on SQL questions?

I often encounter questions that ask for help with writing SQL, and I usually vote to move them to Stackoverflow, because that is about programming in my book. But I have the feeling that mine is not ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Should we add a new [Oracle-21c] tag?

Does DBA SE need a new Oracle-21c tag? I see tags for older versions of Oracle. But I don't see one for version 21c.
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Why would such a question get a downvote

I asked this question yesterday and I think it's pretty clear what I'm focusing on but it got downvoted. Please can someone explain what's wrong with the question and how I should improve it so I ...
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which is considered as Basic SQL

which is considered as Basic SQL : I have read the help of the site mainly this: https://dba.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic and it is not clear to me: can they exemplify? for example I want to ask a ...
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AWS will soon be sponsoring Database Administrators

We're excited to announce that AWS will be sponsoring Database Administrators beginning September 27, 2021 through December 31, 2022. We wanted to give you a heads up and walk you through what it will ...
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Revisiting upsert vs merge

Back in 2013 we decided that upsert and merge are two different things and questions about such should be tagged separately. Today Postgres has insert ... on conflict, and upsert has mostly historical ...
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Why has 'last seen' been removed from display of user profiles?

When trying to assist someone, it is helpful to know the last time they visited your dba.stackexchange.com or stackoverflow.com or other sites managed by your various offerings. Thank you for the ...
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Why would we ask questions if they are just going to get downvoted? [duplicate]

Title says it all. What the [REDACTED]?
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Post for a free webinar

I would like to know if I can write a post to promote a free online webinar about database training in this Database Administrator community.
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Should we flag an answer for deletion if it is essentially the same as an earlier answer?

If Alice answers "reverse the polarity" in January, and then in July Bob answers with "try reversing the polarity," should we flag the second for moderation action and deletion? ...
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Do we need a special vendor-neutral tag for columnar databases (tables)?

This question is inspired by the discussion here and in the chat. Different vendors use different but similarly sounding terms for their respective implementation of columnar databases and tables. It ...
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Content stolen/scrubbed from SE

Almost immediately after I answered my own question google offered it as a search result, but from a totally different site and under a strange name "Jessica Alba": https://www.onooks.com/...
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Does Pioneers in Database Research have enough significance to warrant a Historical Lock?

I recently came across a question from the nascent era of Database Administrators; it was posted in August of 2011. At that time, the details about what constituted a good question, and what did not, ...
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remove tag [mysqlf] [duplicate]

There is this question which has the tag mysqlf As i can't figure out what mysqlfcan be, in my opinion it is only a typo and should be as such removed. The linked question is also the only one that ...
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Is it worth to reopen an old question that has already been answered?

I have just edited the question Query using LEVENSHTEIN function returning more results than expected [closed] which was already answered before being closed a long time ago (motive: question needs ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Database Administrators's fifth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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What contributes most: a long answer with more than one way of doing a task or a short answer with the method known to be more professional?

I answered this question using a method that looked ok and solved the user's problem. But later a more experienced user added a comment showing a method that is the solution "by design" and ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. DBA is scheduled for an election next week, October 12, 2020. In ...
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You can accept your own answer tomorrow

So I have this Q and somebody else had a nice A. Didn't exactly solve my issue, but put me on the right track. I upvoted their answer and was prompted immediately by the site to consider marking the ...
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You can only post once every 40 minutes

In both https://dba.stackexchange.com/ & https://dba.meta.stackexchange.com/, I tried to post a new question. After I clicked Post your question, the system said A question with that title already ...
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Sensitive Words policy

Recently in the Suggested Edits Review Queue, there was a spate of edits changing only master/slave verbiage to primary/secondary. In the absence of other improvements to a post, should we accept or ...
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Why do people "answer" without reading the question here?

It happens again and again. No matter how crystal-clear I am, explicitly mentioning things, the answers/comments will clearly show that the person typing them did not read the question. They either ...
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Is a display name sufficient disclosure?

I just raised a flag for "moderator attention" on this answer with the following message This answer from a Microsoft employee recommends Azure without any kind of disclosure of conflict of ...
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Top Answers, anyone transferring Q&A?

I just became aware of https://topanswers.xyz/databases via a conversation on a sister SE site. I see several familiar names over there. I have not really looked around much, it is different but it ...
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AppArmour question - why was it closed?

This questions was recently closed: MySQL was stopped As you can see, the close notice says it's off-topic and too localized. Does that mean all questions where the problem turns out to be related ...
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Would an "all-servers" tag be appropriate/welcome?

I'm planning on asking a question. Now, while I plan to put PostgreSQL as the "major" server for the question, there is no reason (and I am interested) that replies for other servers couldn't be ...
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Possibility to use typesetting on Database Administrator site [duplicate]

Though not daily, from time to time it would be really nice to be able to use typesetting (like MathML, Latex, etc) to be able to express formulas etc for theoretical stuff. In the long run, I think ...
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Time vindicates those that are right and righteous, like me

I just wanted to share a story, my narrative on this network. In Sep 27 '17, I asked a question about how SQL Server implemented GREATEST and LEAST. This question was largely rejected by the network. ...
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