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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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Should old questions that have no answers and are “too localized” or “too broad” be closed?

For reference, look at this question: https://dba.stackexchange.com/questions/39302/invalid-object-sql-server-2005-express The question appears to be abandoned, and offers no real help to future ...
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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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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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Policy Change : Disallow unregistered users from asking/answering questions?

I'm just wondering why unregistered users are allowed to ask questions? And then I keep on wondering and think: Why are unregistered users allowed to answer questions? IMHO it might be more adequate ...
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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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Asking query performance questions

What information should be provided when asking how to improve the performance of a query?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A new fiddle for dba.se

Update Jan 2020: Please note, the place for reporting db<>fiddle bugs and feature requests is now on this TopAnswers post pending a future move to a GitHub issue tracker!. SQLFiddle has been an ...
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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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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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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

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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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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Synonyms and Redundant Tags

Post synonyms and redundant tags here (one tag set per answer) for us to ponder and potentially edit out of existence.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable Example

How can I best ask my question so people will be able to understand it and reproduce the problem if necessary?
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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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Disclosures, every post/comment or is profile enough?

Many of you may know that a good portion of those who ask and answer on this site work for companies that may have a hand in different solutions or consulting services that could otherwise sway ...
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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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Canonical Answers

After discovering the pot of gold that is ServerFault's What are the canonical answers we've discovered over the years?, I'm inclined to think dba.se could do with the same. If agreeable to ...
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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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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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Why doesn't StackExchange discourage smartass responders?

Nearly every question I check on StackExchange, there is some smartass commenter. If someone asks something that is not clear, instead of saying something like, "It is not clear. Do you mean [this] or ...
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Why was this edit rolled back?

I edited this answer to fix a mistake in english grammar as well as a powershell syntax error. I believe my edit is correct but the answerer has rolled it back. As of now, the script in the answer is ...
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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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how to show data as in a grid for adding in posts? [duplicate]

Often times I need to represent data in a way similar to this one: ...which is: +------------------+--------------+------+-----+---------+-------+ | Field | Type | Null | Key | ...
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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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