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Editing other people's answers

I'm new on this forum and I'm learning new things everyday (which is great!), and I am also learning about how to behave on this forum so here's a question about etiquette and all that, specifically ...
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Should hyper link domain be in the body of the text

There have been a number of edits where hyperlink text has been edited to something like anchors words | target domain Here is one example, in the first line of the question. What does the ...
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How to use the Form - Answer Your Question

There is a button on this form "Answer Your Question" How is this used? and What is its intent? Is it an option when I come-up with a solution to my own question that I post it?
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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PostgreSQL RULE tag?

While doing some research for a question, I realized that RULE is a PostgreSQL extension and not part of the SQL standard. However there doesn't appear to be a tag for RULES on this site, there are a ...
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Brighter Yellow for CSS Style Element .question-status

I was recently reading a question that was put on hold due to ..... and realised that authors may not be aware that their question is actually in a non-open state. The information box is displayed in ...
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Why Do Images Sometimes Pop-up and Other Times Not?

Chat Exchange When images are uploaded to The Heap™ – Consultancy ©® they will be loaded via API to Imgur. The link then gets sent back to the room and inserted into the chat feed. Depending on its ...
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Format for data - SQL Server

I would like to suggest we have page for how to present test data. It would need to be product specific. My object is to be able to run the data against proposed solution(s) with the least ...
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“Shopping List” vs “Does It Exist”?

This question currently has two votes to be closed as a "shopping list" question. Technically, however, this is not a question as to what among several products is recommended/the best (called out ...
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How to Use Stackexchange Formatting When Revising Questions and Answers [closed]

Every now and then I will stumble across questions and answers that have some weird formatting in the text after having been revised. Or they will have been reasonably formatted text bodies before, ...
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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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Should we have Alibaba Cloud specific tags?

The past few weeks I've seen questions specifically about Alibaba Cloud databases (AsparaDB can function as MySQL, SQL Server, or Postgres) both for the first time and seemingly in waves. I'm not sure ...
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Do we need version specific oracle- tags?

Additional to the tag oracle we have the tags oracle-8i, oracle-9i, oracle-10g, oracle-10g-r2, oracle-11g. oracle-11g-r2 All tags contain the statement Please also tag oracle for search purposes. ...
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A convention for RDBMs specific options?

Not sure of the right way to handle this. There are two meanings here, one of them is sql-server specific and it's the quoted_identifer option, see also "What does QUOTED_IDENTIFIERS do, exactly" the ...
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Should MySql be tagged as 'oracle'?

MySql is an Oracle product, too, It seems that sometimes questions concerning MySql database are tagged oracle, e.g. here. I this the intended usage of this tag? The description of the oracle tag ...
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Should we create a “what is meltdown/spectre and will it impact my SQL servers” question?

Here is the "canonical" question on the meltdown/spectre vulnerability on InfoSec.SE: Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities Can I/should I create a related question on dba.SE, perhaps something like, ...
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Why are related / similar questions being closed as duplicates of questions that they aren't duplicate of?

There have now been two questions closed as "duplicate" in the past several days (at least that I have seen) that are definitely not duplicates. Yes, they are similar / related / overlapping, but not ...
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Closing questions of the same pattern or answering them for the use case?

I was just about to answer this question when it was closed. I'm cool with it being closed, but I think we should have some unified stance regarding lumping together questions by pattern. A lot of ...
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The catalog and system-tables tag?

We have two tags catalogs and system-tables. I do not understand the difference between the two tags -- in part because in PostgreSQL pg_catalog is the schema for the system tables. But, I don't want ...
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Encouraging comments when casting close vote

In the past few weeks, I've been noticing a number of questions in the "Close Vote" queue that already have 3 or 4 close votes - but no one has taken the time to leave a comment to indicate the ...
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(your) suggested edits

How do I get a list of all of my suggested edits across the stack exchange network? On the stackexchange user panel e.g. https://stackexchange.com/users/4338618/mpag?tab=accounts, you CAN search all ...
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Should we tag with all terms in a tree?

I've noticed a couple of questions that have all of the tags: oracle oracle-11g oracle-11g-r2 Ideally, the tagging would support hierarchies, and know that 'oracle' is a broader term of 'oracle-11g-...
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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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How do I include tables with Ascii art lines in my answer?

Some answers on the site like this one and this one include tables drawn with ascii art. Is this done by hand or is there a tool I can use to help me?
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Clarification on suggested edits that basically just remove “Thanks!”

I've recently seen a number of edits in the "Suggested Edits" queue that basically involved two changes: Changing "dont" to "don't" (1-3 times per edit); and Removing a closing "Thanks!" from the ...
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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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Shall we add a new 'off-topic' reason for questions that really need professional support?

We get questions like this where it is immediately obvious that the OP has a much bigger issue than they realise, and they need a consultant or vendor support, much hand holding and hands-on access to ...
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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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I don't think the votes on my answer are merited

I assisted somebody with a problem in a chat session that went a lot further than just the question and I don't think my answer to the original question is all that great. The OP went on and asked ...
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Change the “add a comment” link text?

There is an active feature request on meta.SE by one of the Community Managers, proposing to change the add a comment text below each post to something that better conveys the intended usage of ...
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Commenting on questions you don't intend to answer

I will often take a look at a question, realize that it's not one I'm likely to be able to answer - but still have something useful to offer in comments: a guess at a possible answer (especially ones ...
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How do I provide an execution plan to someone for analysis?

I have been asked in another dba.stackexchange.com question to provide an actual execution plan. What is the best way to acquire this in order provide all the information required for analysis? ...
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Can we enable MathJax on DBA.SE?

Yes, this is related to the question asked by Jack Douglas over 4 years ago, and yes I did see that Adam Lear did update his (accepted) answer to that question a few months ago, however I've got to ...
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is there a way to monitor the progress we make towards a badge we already achieved, considering the badge can be awarded multiple times?

there are some badges that can be awarded multiple times. when I choose another badge to monitor, those I have already achieved, even if they say they can be awarded multiple times, are not available ...
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Should an ORACLE-SPATIAL tag be created?

DBA SE has an ORACLE tag and a SPATIAL tag, but it doesn't have an ORACLE-SPATIAL tag. Sites that that presently have an ORACLE-SPATIAL tag are: Stack Overflow GIS Stack Exchange I think it would ...
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Rewrite an Answered Question?

So I just asked the following question based on an incorrect assumption: Temp Table Clustered Key Not Being Honored: Bug or Expected Functionality? Martin Smith provided a great answer on why I was ...
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What to do with a nearly duplicate question from a sister site that wasn't cross-posted?

This question was asked recently: Specificness of Tablespace There is a nearly identical question that was asked on Stack Overflow 10 years ago here. I don't think that I could provide a better ...
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Should one open a new question on DBA if a similar question exists on SO which cannot be migrated?

I was about to ask about AWS migration, but found it addressed on SO. That question is more than 60 days old, and therefore it can't be migrated (I believe). Still, it's a DBA-related question, and ...
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Edit helpful answer or create new answer?

I recently asked: How to identify cross-database queries in SQL Server And the answer https://dba.stackexchange.com/a/176799/508, was extremely useful in helping me find a solution to the problem and ...
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Move tags to below title instead of at end of question

Ever had this feeling that you're missing some information when you're reading through a question? Well I do too. You start reading this really long question only to find out that some specific ...
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Undo accepted edit back to pending, not full revert

I'm pretty sure that this isn't possible but thought I would ask and maybe possibly consider potentially requesting. Similar to how to undo edits someone else did on my own posts?, I just had an edit ...
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how to prevent other people's comments from being deleted?

yesterday (12-jun-2017) I posted 2 questions and none of them was answered directly, however, the comments people posted were very useful and they enlighted me to do what I needed to do with ...
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why only 5 tags per question?

after adding the database engine, for example sql-server and then adding the version for example sql-server-2016 there are only 3 extra tags you can add to a question. often when asking questions I ...
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Tag cleanup: migration

The tag migration is currently not very useful as it collides with many other more specific tags (viz installation, configuration, etl, upgrade), and obscures a class of questions it could otherwise ...
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How 'Off-Topic' can someone go

I was just checking my answer/reply history and noticed Select using a different value than id on join became Closed as 'Off Topic'. Tag reads "this could be because your code has a typo, basic error,...
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Who deletes my comments and why? [duplicate]

I've noticed recently that a number of my comments on various questions and answers were deleted. The most recent example is my comment on this question. The comment contained a quote from Wikipedia ...
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How to ask a question when unable to reveal table data/structure

I recently asked a question about a Full Text Search to find out if anyone had experience or tips on how to handle a wildcard search (was about one wildcard on each side of the search string, making ...
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How do I handle multiple correct, yet distinctly different answers?

I recently asked a question that has multiple correct answers, each with their own pros and cons. Nick's answer uses recursive CTE's to provide the solution as efficiently as possible, but Sebastian'...
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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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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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