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What is the correct way to downvote

I did down vote an answer with comments. I get -1 reputation. That is not my primary concern, I am just trying to understand the correct way of down vote.
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How to add image in comment section?

If I look at the help under comment section it mentioned ctrl+i will let me insert an image. It does not work for me. What am I doing wrong?
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Editing a question to add a tag for RDBMS after the question has an answer

In the short time that I've been a member of the community I've noticed that the OP sometimes doesn't tag their question with the RDBMS (go figure :)). Community members often ask for this ...
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Questions posed by brand-new members that are abandoned

First post on meta so, if i'm "doin' it wrong", I apologize. I wanted to ask about the handling of questions with the following conditions: Question raised by brand new member ( < 10 reputation? )...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Policy on PostgreSQL spin-offs

greenplum and postgresql needs to be cleaned up. My suggestion is that we not permit double-tagging. postgresql should not exist on greenplum questions. The architectures are totally different, And, ...
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Where are questions on specific SQL code on-topic? [duplicate]

It seems that in some ways there is a certain overlap regarding questions over code. For example my recent question over on stackoverflow: here However, there are also very similar questions on this ...
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Draw attention to a database-centric question in a different SE community?

I have a question in the Geographic Information Systems SE community that is directly related to databases. Us non-DBAs are a bit confused about primary key constraints. (As insane as it might sound, ...
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DBA SE graphic design: Who did it, and what else have they done?

I've always enjoyed the graphic design of the DBA SE header: Who made it and what else have they done? I like it and want to see more.
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Why was my answer deleted?

Rather than assume I understand the reason that my answer was deleted, I wanted to just post it here and open it up to public scrutiny. Special note: my answer used the non-deprecated method. It was ...
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How to include a detailed response to a detailed answer

I have a question (Cross join on a numbers table to get line vertices, is there a better way?) where I received a very thorough/detailed answer. The answer wasn't so much an answer as it was a series ...
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PgAdmin Tags should be redone

pgadmin vs pgadmin-3 There are two seperate products PgAdmin 3. PgAdmin 4. PgAdmin doesn't currently mean anything until PgAdmin 3 dies off. As you may know, many of us from the pgAdmin team ...
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Merge tag:postgresql-performance with tag:query-performance?

The postgresql-performance is well looked after by an excellent Postgres contributor, but it's just a special case of query-performance applied to a specific RDBMS. I feel that it should be merged, ...
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Comment of OP fundamental to question

When comments made by OP become a fundamental, substantial or integral part of the question, how should moderators/participants notify the OP that the comments should be added to the original question?...
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Tag synonyms and edits [duplicate]

Is this edit correct? https://dba.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/87614 I thought that sql-server-2008 automatically includes sql-server tag? Or was I wrong?
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Is there any way to fix reputation mechanics here?

I have only tried answering questions here for a few days. But I am troubled by the mechanics of the site. So far I've answered 36 questions. Of those 2 were accepted as the correct answer, 7 have ...
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How is misinformation moderated?

I see a number of questions on this site with incorrect answers. The incorrect answers are the most up-voted ones and sometimes even accepted by the original posters. In all of these instances the '...
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Add tag for vNext?

Microsoft is referring to their upcoming version of SQL Server as "vNext". Should we add vnext? I think the transient nature of the word "next" indicates this would be a bad candidate tag since ...
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Are licensing questions within our scope?

I noticed Server Fault preemptively posted a dummy question explaining that they don't give licensing advice, as you really need to figure out licensing with the company granting the license. They use ...
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Closing questions … what's the policy as it pertains to this one?

I had a question it was pretty simple and clean cut. None of the comments were on clarity of the question at hand. I asked, How can I generate a row_number without using a window function? The ...
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Tag suggestion: mtime-row

A lot of questions involve the same thing PostgreSQL: Auto update updated_at with custom column Create a trigger on all the last_modified columns in PostgreSQL how to update column on same row with ...
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Do we accept database comparison questions or are they offtopic?

This is not the same as: Should we allow, even encourage, "feature comparison style" questions? Do we want to support questions such as: MySQL vs MariaDB Postgres vs MySQL Oracle vs MSSQL ...
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Merge date, time and datetime tags

While editing/tagging a question, I noticed that the datetime tag has this info: for questions specific to data types that contain both date and time parts. which seems wrong to me. Seeing a "...
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I just got two hats, why?

I just received two Hats, but I'm not sure what I did to get them. Not that I don't want them, just curious. Especially since I got them on a site I'm not too active on. Following are the Hats: Just ...
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Cleaning up rejected migrations

The system does not automatically clean up rejected migrations (questions sent here from another site, then closed here as anything except a duplicate). Since rejected migrations are locked by ...
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STYLE GUIDE: Code formatting expectations and when to complain … aka What's Acceptable for Posting?

Ok, so this is a site that's going to have a lot of SQL. We're going to have people posting all sorts of SQL. So the intent of this post is: "What's acceptable and what's not" SELect * frOM DUAL ...
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When is it prudent to start a chat?

I've seen a number of questions with comments ranging in the 10s and higher. In a very small subset of these, I occasionally see someone open up a chat regarding the conversation within the question'...
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How to start a chat?

Sometimes, when I post a question, someone might come and post a comment, that does not necessarily belong to the context. I would like then, to reply in a chat room, rather than another comment. ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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Adding ERP specific tags

I have been seeing some ERP specific questions on the site, which may require a bit of specific domain knowledge such as this one: Slow without recompile or this one: SQL perf issue - configure server ...
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Adding tags based on my answer

This question came to me when answering this question. The question asks how to handle BCP errors. My answer was to call it from Powershell and use the error handling there. The question didn't ...
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Are questions on preferring a db type, brand for some app tasks on topic?

Is it appropriate to ask questions on: what database types and specifically which vendors (brands) of databases should be preferred for use in some specific use cases occur in web applications that ...
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Split the “master” tag?

On Q&A there's a tag master. This is used for both the leader in replication and the SQL Server instance metadata database. These two are significantly different. Should we have separate tags for ...
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Why is this question closed?

This question makes perfect sense, How do I select distinct json columns? It's not my question, but it's totally valid. I even answered it.
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To blog or not to blog?

I'm sorry, but our blog is something we hardly ever talk about around here. http://dba.blogoverflow.com/2012/06/help-us-help-you/ Have you ever seen this post? Isn't it helpful? Well, there's this ...
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dba.BlogOverflow.com — migrate or freeze? [duplicate]

Stack Exchange is going to be discontinuing the BlogOverflow.com website for community blogs. We could migrate the few posts we had to another blogging platform, or (iiuc) it can just be converted to ...
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Burninate the [dba] and [database-administration] tags?

The database-administration and dba tags are used on 1039 and 148 questions respectively. They seem useless to me (on a site called Database Administrators) but I am curious as to how others feel. ...
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I have selected an answer, but my requirements have changed

I recently posted a question here that garnered a couple nice answers. I selected the best one that worked and went on my merry way. Now, however, my requirements have changed slightly, but enough ...
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Achievements hint when putting a bounty on a question

I recently put a 50 rep bounty on one of my questions, and today when I looked at the achievements menu item to the right of the "Stack Exchange" I saw a red -40 as one of the items. I know now that ...
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Why are there so many database questions on StackOverflow and when should they be posted here instead?

This is a pretty straightforward meta question (I hope). Why are there so many database questions in StackOverflow and when should they be posted here instead? What is the criteria for when it goes ...
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Reopen should require a reason

This question appeared in the reopen queue today. It's hard to know why someone has voted for this question to be reopened. It could be that something has changed with the product and the question is ...
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Partial answer while getting clarification

This answer got a vote to delete based on partial answer Question was clear on one area not on another I put in a request for information via a comment And I went ahead and answered the part that ...
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Are questions about online database tools on topic?

I have questions about the online database tool Fieldbook. I've tried Webapp.SE before but the userbase over there didn't show any interest about it. Is dba.SE a proper place to ask questions about ...
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How can a sql plan be converted to a graphics file

I want to convert a SQL Server execution plan (sqlplan) to a graphics file so that it can be easily shown to others. I could not find a utility to convert a sqlplan file to an image file. Is there a ...
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'database-agnostic' tag should be 'dbms-agnostic'

I had a recent question tagged with database-agnostic and I thought, that's strange, couldn't most questions be similarly tagged? Put another way, wouldn't a question about a specific database be off-...
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Documentation beta

I see that the Documentation Beta is now live. Is this going to get pushed to DBA.se at any point, or is it going to only live on Stack Overflow?
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What constitutes a SQL question? When to tag SQL and when to tag something else?

The question has already arisen (imagine that) and at some point we'll need a faq-like to answer this question, but this is not the FAQ on SQL or on DBA.SE and so we'll start here and we'll make a new ...
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Is MS Access on-topic?

I thought about asking a question regarding triggers in MS Access but wasn't sure if that belonged here or not.
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What is our stance on questions asking about a program in beta version?

What is our stance on questions asking about a program in beta version? Are they on-topic or off-topic?
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Why was that question about a database administration GUI closed?

I wonder why the following question got closed: How can I disable the fade in and fade out effects in pgAdmin 4 when opening windows? Aren't questions about database administration GUI on-topic here? ...

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