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What kind of questions are allowed on Database Administrators ?

When I first committed to DBA, it was generically named as "Databases". Now that we have the private beta up and running - what questions are allowed in here ? The site name indicates that the ...
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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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"Database Administrators" needs to die [duplicate]

Every few weeks another sharp poster asks: Why are you asking DBAs about source control? Why are you asking DBAs about performance? Why are you asking DBAs about database design or data warehousing? ...
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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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We need to formalize a site title/name. Does "Database Administrators" still ring true? [closed]

We had some original thoughts here: Why Database Administrators? but that seems to read more of a "why is this site named this way" and not so much of a "we need this name". So I'm ...
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Why Database Administrators?

When I comited to this site, the title was Database. It suddenly became Database Administrators, why that ? Talking about database is not only the administration side it's all the task around also. ...
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Please can we have markdown tables on dba.se

Several sites have MathJax enabled, so there is obviously some room for site-specific markdown. Therefore please can we have markdown tables here on dba.se? There is an open feature-request for this ...
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Overlap between codereview and dba

Originally database design was included in the overall reviewing on CodeReview.SE. However, now that DBA is here, I'm wondering if those questions would be better here. What do you think?
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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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Design for Database Administrators

I'm Jin, and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, all sites ...
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How do we define a question as being "too basic"? Where do we draw the line?

It has been suggested that we close 'true beginner questions' as off-topic on this site. Where do we draw the line? For example, should this question be closed (I've voted to close it as off-topic, ...
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when should the "SQL" tag be used? [closed]

It looks like the SQL tag is used incorrectly for some questions. Should it only be used when the question is really about SQL? Or is it OK to ask it for a question like: How to determine if an ...
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How can comments disappear?

I wrote a comment to this question that helped user to find out why the error will be raised. The user answered with a comment and I get a notification. Now I cannot see my comment nor can I see his ...
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Beginner's questions (convert Access queries and such)

It seems pretty obvious, having been on this site for a while, that the primary target for this site is database administrators (or people who want to be DBAs, people who love working with databases ...
Richard's user avatar
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2011 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat Digest

The following is a "digest" version of the 2011 Moderator Election Town Hall Chat. The format, as described on Meta Stack Overflow, is one answer to this question for every question asked in the Town ...
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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 ...
Jack Douglas's user avatar
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Help me write this query in SQL

I'm trying to get help writing a query from scratch using Structured Query Language, or SQL. What information do you need from me to get my boss to stop screaming? I've asked all my co-workers for ...
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Let's burninate the SQL tag!

The sql tag was discussed most recently in Is the [sql] tag useful for DBA.SE? (May 2015). Things have changed, and it is time to revisit this discussion. The most popular views last time were that ...
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Should basic SQL questions be allowed?

I’m going to buck the pervasive mentality here and ask the question:    Why shouldn’t dba.stackexchange.com include basic SQL questions? Previous related discussions: How do we ...
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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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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?
Jack Douglas's user avatar
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Where to draw the DBA/DB developer line?

I'm a developer with DBA experience. Sometimes I have questions about indexing, sometimes SQL and sometimes how a C# applications interacts with the database. Where is the line drawn between what ...
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Opinions about merging the Business Intelligence proposal into this site

Now officially included The scope of DBA.SE has been adjusted to include Business Intelligence and the B.I. proposal has now been closed. Thanks to all concerned. Edit from JColeBrand - current ...
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Remove [query] as synonym for [sql]

After Steven's question on ssms I was poking around in the tags and realized that query is a synonym for sql. This was done in 2012 and since then there has been, if nothing else, a large increase ...
LowlyDBA - John M's user avatar
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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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Tag Cleanup - Vote for the following proposed tag changes

There are several proposed tags changes lingering about here on meta. I thought I'd capture them all here, each one as a separate answer, and let people vote on them. Awaiting Review make database-...
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Scope, migration and respect for other users

Update: a blog post based on feedback here and elsewhere: Respect the community – your own, and others’ The history of migration Stack Exchange has grown considerably over the past few years... When ...
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Do we need LaTeX here?

I am quite new here, I noticed that there is not LaTeX here in Database Administrators, is there any reason for that? or maybe it will be better if we could use LaTeX. e.g to write stuff like that (...
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Whether we should be CAP COPs

A certain user has suggested a boatload of edits recently. The changes have been either largely or completely revolving around the upper-casing of Transact-SQL keywords. For example, a post that ...
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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 [sql] tag useful for DBA.SE?

Both DBA.SE and Stack Overflow suffer from a similar problem, when users post sql related questions there is a tendency to solely tag the question with sql but exclude the RDBMS. This is great if ...
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DBA.SE Xmas caption competition - 'tis the season to be jolly

DBA.SE Christmas caption competition In the spirit of the festive season, hats and all such matters, we proudly present the DBA.SE caption competition. The rules are simple: Answer this meta ...
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Can we have an Off-Topic > Belongs on StackOverflow option?

I'd like for our users to have the ability to vote to close as off-topic > belongs on Stack Overflow. Almost all of our migrations have gone there and, unfortunately, the current process is confusing. ...
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Which site is best for code reviews of queries?

Imagine a junior database developer / DBA that may not have an avenue to get their SQL code reviewed for best practices and such as they are learning the ropes. There is of course the Code Review ...
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Please help us delete the SQL tag!

Continuing the process started in Let's burninate the SQL tag! and Removing the SQL tag. It is time to work our way through questions that have only the sql tag. Use the results of this SEDE ...
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Blogoverflow blog anyone? If you want to help with the DBA.SE blog, here's the signup list?

Blog Overflow blog anyone? If you want to help with the DBA.SE blog, here's the signup list! What is Blog Overflow? Why, to put it very simply, it's the StackExchange Community Blogging Site. In other ...
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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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New Design Launched

As you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. If you're still seeing the old favicons,...
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Why are database developers' Q&A migrated to DBAs site

The following link is an example: How SQL Server handles concurrent requests? Why was it migrated to DBAs site? I think that at this time such questions get more exposure on stackoverflow. As such, ...
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Most of my DB questions are about OODBMS/NoSQL. Should I ask them here, or in Stack-Overflow?

I'm in charge of an OODBMS at work, and am generally mostly interested in NoSQL DB. It seems to me that most questions here are about SQL database. But SQL is just one sort of database, and the "About"...
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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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Add an MCVE section to our help page? [duplicate]

StackOverflow has a great page in their help section on how to create a minimal, complete, and verifiable, example (MCVE). I think it would be very helpful if we had a similar document showing how ...
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Sometimes, an answer is just plain wrong. What to do?

Why "Begin Transaction" before "Insert Query" locks the entire table? The question above contains outright, no two ways about it, plain old factually incorrect answers. I've ...
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Are DB questions going to be migrated from SO?

Are DB questions going to be migrated from SO to this site? If so, how does that work? Do we have to ask for a specific question to be migrated or do they try to apply some logic based on tags?
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2013 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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A quick thought on splitting from SO

I just wanted to say that it was a not-completely-pleasant surprise to realize that this whole other site for database stuff could be taking questions from SO, and that an area I had earned at least ...
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Would question about database recommendation be on topic?

I am developing desktop application that will need a database. App will only run on Windows. My problem comes from not being able to afford SQL Server Enterprise Edition, and Express Edition has ...
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Removing the SQL tag

We have decided to burninate the sql tag by a clear majority (46 to 7 with 750 views): Let's burninate the SQL tag! It is now time to work out the details. I have added an answer below ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. Funny timing, this is exactly 400 posts later. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for database design review here?

There's codereview stackexchange to ask to get.. well your code reviewed :D. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be anything equivalent for database reviewing. Would it be appropriate to put ...
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