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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 through June 30. We wanted to give you a heads up and walk you through what it will look like. How ...
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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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Can we merge the tag [database-trigger] into the tag [trigger]?

I think the tags trigger and database-trigger means the same thing. I suggest we merge database-trigger into the tag trigger.
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Can we burninate the [truncation] tag?

truncation has 13 questions today. Some are about rounding numbers. Others about truncating strings. There are questions about log truncation. And of course the one most obvious to me, about table ...
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Too many "Slow performance" meta tags

Do we really need all these different meta tags for "Slow performance" like: performance postgresql-performance query-performance performance-tuning optimization query-optimization slow-...
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2019: 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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Should Stack Overflow provide hints on asking at DBA?

I just posted a question on meta.stackoverflow.com suggesting that it should provide a hint to questioners that they should ask in dba.SE instead, perhaps trying to use AI technology to detect the ...
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It has been a great privilege to serve this amazing community as moderator. Thank you

Today I'm handing back the diamond you gave me in 2011. Some of you will not understand or agree with my reasons for doing so, but the nature of the community we have on this exceptional site leaves ...
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Do I misunderstand the "too localized" close reason?

During review, I see that a lot of people vote to close questions as “too localized” when I would think they are actually too broad. One example is here. There is no typo, basic error, ...
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I think that we should encourage more questions!

I saw this question today and it was rightfully put on hold because it was cross-posted to stackoverflow (where it already had an answer anyway). However, one poster told the OP that "Besides, this ...
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Would a question about improving the performance of a third-party database be on-topic?

Microsoft's Windows Server Update Services product (WSUS) makes use of a database, which unfortunately performs very poorly. There is a third-party script available that modifies the database (I ...
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Can/should this question be prevented from deletion?

The question Can I update my Microsoft Enterprise SQL Server? was migrated from stackoverflow.com and then rejected. If I understand the Auto delete rules correctly it will be deleted in about 30 ...
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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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flagging clarification for low level answers

on this answer which basically all it says: Edit the connection and be sure to select the version of mysql installed on your PC in the "Local Client" section I believe it is a low level answer, ...
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Should syntax errors / script errors be corrected via edits?

Today I found an answer from a new poster that has a syntax error in it. As far as I can tell, I have a few routes to attempt to deal with this: Edit the post directly without commenting - this ...
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Are DB modelling review questions on-topic? [duplicate]

For example: I have a problem P and to solve it I have designed this schema S. Do you see any problems with this design? If yes, what would you change to fix/improve it?
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Criteria for adding another site to the Closed Vote Site Migration List

After doing some digging (i.e. FAQ for Stack Exchange¹, What is migration and how does it work?², and Can we have an Off-Topic > Belongs on StackOverflow option?³), I'm unable to find any explicitly ...
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Posts offering money for solution

I just saw this new post (Paid) How to optimize a MySQL joining to itself? that includes a link to the same question on freelancer.com I am not sure how I feel about it. I looked for related posts ...
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User was removed -- lose 810 points

Wow! I answered or commented on someone who was so bad that he eventually got removed. He must have posted hundreds of Questions? Was I that much of a sucker to "help" him dozens of times? (It's ...
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