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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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Should there be a data-modeling tag?

I looked at the tags, and noticed that there is no tag for data modeling. Before I try to add one, (assuming that I can) I'd like to find out whether the community has already thought about such a ...
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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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Make sql-developer a synonym of oracle-sql-developer

Make sql-developer a synonym of oracle-sql-developer. "sql-developer" is ambiguous and people have tagged general development questions with that in the past. Asking here instead of in the Tag ...
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Tagging for third party tools/scripts

I've noticed a recent retagging/tag creation push where Brent Ozar added tags to questions about scripts released/maintained by his consulting company. Is this appropriate behavior? If so should we ...
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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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What should our logo and site design look like?

It's getting close to that time. The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta Quoting: 5) What should our logo and site design look like? This one is pretty straightforward. Solicit ...
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Rename [ssms] → [sql-server-management-studio]

I would like to propose renaming the tag for SQL Server Management Studio to use the program's full title. ssms → sql-server-management-studio Presumably the abbreviated tag name was created before ...
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Should there be dashes in Oracle-11g, Oracle-11g-R2, etc.?

Oracle tagging was already discussed here and I like the solution that we are using syntactically, namely oracle, oracle-11g, oracle-11g-r2, etc. I bring this up again because I'm reconsidering ...
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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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Should all questions be actual questions?

What is the site policy on question titles that are not in the form of a question?
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Community Promotion Ads - 4Q 2011 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2013 What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Going On Here? TL;DR -- put images and links in the answers. If they get voted up enough, they will appear ...
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Blogoverflow Topic Requests! (Summer 2012)

If you have a request for our blogoverflow blog (http://dba.blogoverflow.com) then please put them here, one per "answer", and someone will work on a blog entry on it, I'm sure. Also see: Our blog ...
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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2011 Community Moderator Election

The 2011 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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Improving our Stats

Our stats on Area 51 are getting better. 96% of questions are answered, which is excellent, but none of the other stats are better than OK. Here are the values as they stand along with what the ...
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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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Where should I post this question? SO or DBA?

I've got a question about my TVP insert code. I don't know if it's a problem with the SQL I'm using (so DBA because TVP is new and may have other tricks I don't know about) or if it's just bad form on ...
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Why are you rejecting this Edit - Changed

I seem to recall that the options for rejecting an edit included "Too minor" or something similar. Just wondering about the reasoning behind taking that option off? Current options show as:
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Is this site ready to leave private beta?

Are we sure this site is ready to leave private beta? Yes there will be an influx of new blood and that will help the site develop, but have we properly defined this site and the types of questions ...
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Should database theory questions be posted here, in cstheory or in cs?

As per title, it doesn't seem to be clear. As an aside, maybe for similar situations you should add a feature to allow to add a link to the question on the questions pane of the closely related ...
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Should all 'when will xyz be released' questions be off-topic

There is nothing in the FAQ or here on meta that says these questions cannot be asked, but they usually either are answered with a quick look at Wikipedia or encourage pointless speculation Shall we ...
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Which color to chose for the dba.exchange site?

I talk about the color that is used as background for questions matching interesting tag. SO uses well I don't know its between red and brown SU uses a kind of blue SF uses some light red I mention ...
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Anyone know any DB2 experts?

We seem pretty well covered for Oracle, SQL-Server and MySQL - but looking at the questions tagged db2 it's obvious that we are lacking anyone regular on the site. Is there any way we can contact ...
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Pinning/sticking good (canonical) questions/answers to top of board

I was wondering whether it would be a good idea for moderators (based on popular demand) to be able to pin/stick posts at the top of the meta questions list (as is done here). Two posts that I would ...
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Migrated questions, quality, and frequency of returning users

I've noticed, at least on the Oracle questions that have been migrated here, that there is either a very poor quality of question or (more importantly) that the user never returns to the site. Should ...
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What is acceptable self-promotion here on DBA.SE

This is already dealt with in the network-wide bit of the FAQ: May I promote products or websites I am affiliated with here? Be careful, because the community frowns on overt self-promotion and tends ...
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Migration of questions vs. marking duplicate / Is there a facility for marking questions as “Duplicate of SO question”?

I know that there's a facility for requesting a question be migrated (as per this other meta question), but I know in SO itself, there's a feature for marking a question as a duplicate - does anyone ...
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Oracle database questions tagging

I've noticed oracle11gr2 on question Can a Wallet be used with SQL Developer? How?, and probably there will appear the like. Does it make sense to have tag synonyms so that the following tags will ...
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Why is “query” a suggested synonym for “sql”?

A query is an instance of a request to a database made in a query language. sql is an example of such, but not the only possible.
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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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Should the optimization tag be re-purposed away from “query optimization” and towards “general” system-level optimization?

optimization has this in the tag excerpt: In the context of a database, optimisation refers to the process of the query optimiser selecting an efficient physical execution plan. However, there is ...
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Where can I ask about how to handle certain load?

I have asked a question about how to handle a certain load with Postgresql, including an accurate description of the table and numbers about the expected load but it was voted as off-topic. Is there ...
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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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Are DBA certification questions appropriate?

Not exactly a technical question, but certainly DBA-relevant. Are cert questions acceptable for the site?
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Would a question about the Philosophy of Data be appropriate?

My current research topic is exploring the various philosophies of data found around databases, database designs, designers, and clients. What would be the best way to word such a question for this ...
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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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Should this question have gotten migrated here?

how to migrate data from spreadsheet to SQL server management I don't know that this question really fits here. It seems like it is a tool issue (SO) and not so much a dba issue. That being said, had ...
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Discussion questions that are not “I have one very specific problem with one very specific answer”

Are general discussion threads allowed or frowned upon? What I mean is what if I'm going down a certain implementation route that doesn't have a right or wrong answer? Is it ok to post asking "how ...
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How to edit my question or is it too localized?

I have a question which was marked as too localized. I understand that it looks very specific and I have workaround, but it is unclear the reason why that happens and also someone else can have the ...
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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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Closed as Too Localized

The Too Localized reason for closing a question seems to general. I'm still not sure why my question was closed: Database Implementations of ORDER BY in a Subquery Too localized - this could be ...
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Appropriate use of the 'query-help' tag

Would you tag a question as query or query-help or both when asking for help debugging a query? Example question here
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Is my question appropriate here?

I have a question, but it might be to subjective. So, I thought I'd put it here and ask your opinion. Question: I want to know if there is any reasons at all not to use MySQL in this scenario. 2 ...
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So what's with the hats thing?

you may have noticed some of our users now have hats around the site, and it might almost be annoying, but we assure you they're all in good fun, and intended to increase site participation! http://...
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Should we allow, even encourage, “feature comparison style” questions?

The more specific the piece of technology one uses, the more difficult it is for someone without extensive knowledge of that piece of technology to make informed decisions as to how best to use it. ...
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Can I ask conversational questions? (Training)

I would like to ask the following question but is DBA Stackexchange the right place? Is there any place on Stackexchange for it? Please do answer the questions above, if you would, not the question ...
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Migrate SO questions here and close as duplicate or close at SO?

How to permanently delete a row in oracle forever This question prior to being migrated to dba.se already had a comment that it was previously answered on dba.se, with a link. However, the close ...
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why was this migrated

Why was this post migrated? https://stackoverflow.com/questions/13627263/how-do-i-select-a-column-which-is-a-concatenation-of-two-columns-in-the-same-tab It is similar to questions I would ask - I ...