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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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When should the ‘rdbms’ tag be applied?

I would assume that the rdbms tag is easily assumed for just about every question on dba.stackexchange.com. For those questions specifically about non-relational DBMSen, the non-relational tag can be ...
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Removal of mysql-replication tag

Does MySQL need it's own specific mysql-replication tag...as opposed to using mysql and replication ?
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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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Why is RDBMS Type not a required field on this exchange?

I haven't been on this stack very long but there seems to be a consistent issue of people not listing their RDBMS platform. Makes answers difficult or irrelevant if submitted. Seems like we need some ...
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Renewing the “basic” discussion

It was reviewed quite extensively on meta. This debate is years old. Can we get a resolution on this? I came to the site far after the question was initially presented. In fact, it was already ...
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What content needs to go in the main site faq, the first block?

What information do you think needs to be in the header block of our FAQ? Check out some of the FAQs of our sister sites: https://english.stackexchange.com/faq https://gaming.stackexchange.com/faq ...
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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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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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What to do about one-liner answers?

Sometimes really short answers get posted on the site, and some users (even well established users) do so regularly. Both users and mods have taken action to show our disapproval including: ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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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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How subjective is too subjective and what's “nah that's ok”?

After it was raised to me by another member, I decided that we should come here and let us apply the Miller Test I know porn when I see it on this bit of question: How to dive into an ugly database? ...
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Sets of Tag Taxonomies

Let's develop a set of tag taxonomies here to start looking at tag guidelines. One ontology per answer
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Can We / Should We Strongly Encourage Users to Specify RDBMS on the “Ask” page?

More than most other sites, the majority of our questions require a specific piece of information: What RDBMS and what version is the asker using? If it's possible, would it be a benefit to add this ...
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Why is dba.stackexchange so…welcoming?

Perhaps this is but my first impression of DBA, but it's surely a pleasant one. I recently asked a fairly basic question about Postgres's indexing abilities. I was greeted with AMAZINGLY cordial and ...
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Do We Want Hats™?

In 2011, the Gaming Stack Exchange hosted an event called Hat Dash, where users earned "hats" for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges): Certain actions would ...
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A request for elaboration when migrating SO questions

As is discussed regularly in the heap, there seems to be a steady decline in the overall quality of questions on StackOverflow. I am nervous that this symptom will bleed into our site, and to prevent ...
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I propose we add a Vote-to-Close reason to handle licensing questions

I would propose the following wording, or some variation there-of: This question appears to be off-topic because it is about licensing. Questions on licensing should be referred to the vendor, and ...
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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 the comment-only answer acceptable?

I've just read a post that's really mundane. It's one of those "just read the error message" type questions. There's an obvious, correct, and incredibly trivial answer I can respond with; ...
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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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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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2013 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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Our blog is launched as of this week! (Feedback here please!)

You may remember our topic at Blogoverflow blog anyone? If you want to help with the DBA.SE blog, here's the signup list? where we asked for volunteers to help write our blogoverflow blog, ...
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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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Guidelines for question titles

As I start to get more active in making edits and discussing things in the heap, I wonder if we have specific guidelines and thoughts on the title of a question? In this question, we mentioned that ...
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Where should I post my question? DBA, Software Engineering or Code Review?

I want to ask about the structure of my database but I'm not sure where should I ask. Code review has the SQL tag about schemes and Software Engineering has the SQL about desing, but Database SE also ...
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DBA's updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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2012 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat: Wednesday at 0:00 UTC / Tuesday at 8pm EDT

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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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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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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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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Are two answers by a single person on one question A Good Thing™?

I know there is an "official" StackExchange meta-post already concerning this question, however I think it would be suitable to have our own post that reflects our position. This really excellent ...
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Suggestions for a better headline graphic

An answer to DBA's updated site theme is ready for testing! suggests that the headline graphic ought to be more reminiscent of an ERD diagram. Before: Now: In a comment, Catija asked us to come ...
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2015 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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Can we be allowed to choose a suitable forum if DBA.SE is not suitable?

I recently voted to close this post. I wanted to specify that it was off-topic and that it belonged on another StackExchange site (in this case, Information Security). However, I was only allowed the ...
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Shall we add a new 'off-topic' reason for questions that are 'too basic'?

We get questions from time to time like this one or the odd 'how do I join two tables' SQL question, which fall short of our 'expert-level'. Some are best migrated to SO, but for the rest, would it ...
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Are questions about “no-SQL” databases OK?

Is it appropriate to ask questions about things like Redis (a data-structure server)?
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How do we promote our site?

One of the 7 essential meta questions: This is rapidly becoming a hot issue across the entire network: how to promote your site and how to reach out to the experts and pundits in your ...
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Is DBA the best place for questions related to SQL/DBA tools?

Are questions about configuring or using SQL/DBA tool, such as SQL Studio, SQL Developer, TOAD, or phpMyAdmin, best posted on DBA? If not, what is the best SE site for such? The kind of question I ...
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Deleting useless content from the site

Our site has a lot of good content with lasting value. It also has quite a bit of poor content - primarily old, closed questions that do not qualify for the automatic cleanup processes. To summarize ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for tips on data architecture here?

I'm working on a personal project that will require a database to track religions, gods, mythologies, and sacred texts. I've been struggling with what would be best practices for design and layout of ...
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Dealing with SQLServerPedia link-rot

Last week I posted a question on meta.SO about SQLServerPedia link rot. Essentially, all of the links we have here on dba.SE that point there are dead - they either go to a 404 page or the front page ...
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2018: 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, in ...
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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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Should vague titles be edited to be more descriptive?

It seems like we have gotten a few vague titles lately: What is the best database design for this situation? SQL Server memory usage Select rows where value of second column is not present in first ...
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Is my question too basic for dba?

I feel my question Minimizing the number of parent rows for a distinct column in a child table may be too simple for dba. I know it is likely some simple group by logic that I am missing but I feel ...
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Should questions about database choice be allowed?

I want to ask specific question - what database should I choose for analytics, here's my research of what I know and here is problems that I'm worried about in my case. This stack part is quite ...