28 votes

Are licensing questions within our scope?

Personally, I think this is dangerous to allow. Licensing is a vast landscape and there are mines everywhere. Being out of compliance is something that can get you and your company into serious hot ...
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22 votes
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Do we accept database comparison questions or are they offtopic?

These types of questions are harmful to the site and should be quickly closed and probably deleted. I know that SO has a no-shopping-list questions policy, and this feels like a shopping-list. It'...
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21 votes

I have selected an answer, but my requirements have changed

Ask a new (follow-up) question, including a link to the previous one if it provides useful context. The new question should still make sense on its own, of course. As a general rule, it is better to ...
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19 votes

Are SQL Challenges On Topic?

Yes, SQL Challenges should be considered on topic because... they provide the community with new approaches to existing problems. they show the more exotic forms of SQL, and are an invaluable way to ...
16 votes

Is it appropriate to ask for tips on data architecture here?

People have asked data modelling questions on dba.se before, so it's not off-topic for the site. If you have a question that's specific enough to fit the question/answer format then it's going to be ...
15 votes

Are licensing questions within our scope?

Some of the license questions and answers we have on the site are useful and I think DBA.SE is making the internet a better place by hosting them - I wouldn't like them to be banned altogether here ...
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15 votes
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Would question about database recommendation be on topic?

database-recommendation questions are not off-topic, but experience has shown that they need to be better than average to avoid being ignored or closed, especially in recent times. Click on that tag ...
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12 votes

What's wrong with this database recommendation question?

I edited and upvoted your question because I found it on-topic and interesting. That said, other members of the community had already voted to close it, and left it closed after an automatic reopen ...
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12 votes

is there a place to request feedback for analysis I've already done on a complex issue

I don't see any problem with posting it as a question at the site. We love complex issues! Depending on how sure you are about your analysis results: if you are not very sure about your findings: ...
12 votes
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Are questions on preferring a db type, brand for some app tasks on topic?

It would be very rare for this sort of question to be accepted by the community here. The potential problems are many, but include: Answers tend to go out of date more quickly than for other types ...
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11 votes

Where can I ask about how to handle certain load?

Personally, I don't think this type of question is a good fit for our site for several reasons. Bigger/more hardware will almost always lead to better performance. As such the answer "As much as ...
10 votes

Do we accept database comparison questions or are they offtopic?

I don't think "this vs that" is a good fit for anything that attempts to be canonical. Each DBMS will change over time, and as such, the answers will vary substantially over time. These types of ...
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10 votes

Where can I ask about how to handle certain load?

The "on hold" notice placed on your question included a link to the Help Centre, which I repeated in a comment on your question here. To quote: Questions that need additional work or that are not a ...
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10 votes
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Are "certification" questions considered off-topic for dba.se?

This has been somewhat discussed before: Are DBA certification questions appropriate? Can I ask conversational questions? (Training) I think the vast majority of questions about certification will ...
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10 votes

Are SQL Challenges On Topic?

Neither. SQL Challanges (as described in the question) are neither automatically on-topic, nor off-topic. Each question should be evaluated on its merits by the community. I would expect questions of ...
10 votes
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Would asking why an incorrect query is so much slower be "too basic"?

No, why a query is "too slow", compared to a different rewriting of the query, does not sound like a "too basic" question. There may be various reasons for the performance difference, from the two ...
9 votes

Is it appropriate to ask for tips on data architecture here?

I agree with @ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells, data modeling (or data architecture) questions are definitely on-topic and appropriate in DBA.SE, and they are usually encompassed within the database-design ...
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9 votes

Is question about improving database design on topic?

'How do I improve this schema?' is likely to be too broad and subjective to make a really good question. If you have specific issues then you can certainly ask questions about those. In general, 'I ...
8 votes

Is question about improving database design on topic?

"Here's my problem. Here's what I've tried. Here's why it's still a problem." This pattern will get you a lot more useful responses than "can you suggest a better design?"
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8 votes

Would question about database recommendation be on topic?

Questions about how to circumvent licensing restrictions are off-topic, for obvious legal reasons. However, you're welcome to ask for database recommendations,just make sure your question is ...
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8 votes

Are SQL Challenges On Topic?

No, SQL Challenges should be considered off topic because... they belong on Programming Puzzles & Code Golf (PPCG) (but please read their help center before posting there) our Q & A is not ...
7 votes

Are SQL Challenges On Topic?

No, but continue to allow moderator/community discretion for questions that don't quite fit, but produce sufficiently interesting answers. Worth noting is that neither question you have linked is ...
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7 votes
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can i ask questions here about ElasticSearch?

While elasticsearch is not off-topic here, there aren't a lot of questions being asked. As such you may wait quite a while before getting a great answer. Having said that, feel free to fire away! ...
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6 votes

Are "certification" questions considered off-topic for dba.se?

I think a question tagged with certification only will serve no purpose. It will be much too generic to be of value to readers. "Oh, I came here to learn about DB2 certification, why is there all ...
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6 votes
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Which site is best for code reviews of queries?

Summary Good questions that will benefit from 'pro-level' review are on-topic here. If only a basic review is required, migrate to Code Review if it is on-topic there. Do not migrate crap questions ...
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5 votes

Are licensing questions within our scope?

Already some good answers have been given but since in last part you talked about help so here is a bit but then again we can give some help as well. A little help which I know from MSDN forum ...
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4 votes

Is it ok to ask which database fits your problem?

I'm not sure how to answer this beyond "it depends". I think we'd need to see the whole question to judge, but the issue isn't topicality, there's nothing wrong in principle with soliciting advice ...
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4 votes

Which site is best for code reviews of queries?

To be honest, most folks here are going to want a working testable query in the first place. Can you not rename the table to something more coherent and then create a http://sqlfiddle.com/ for the ...
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4 votes

Data Analyst Questions

Perhaps you could detail the kind of question you are wondering about. For instance, are you using PowerDesigner and your question is about "how do I do 'x' in PowerDesigner" then you probably won'...
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4 votes

What's wrong with this database recommendation question?

I didn't vote to close, mainly because I didn't see this question in the review queue. I'm not sure what I would have done if I did. After the edits it's probably not unclear, even if it's a domain ...
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