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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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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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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 ...
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Are ChatGPT answers allowed here?

Generated answers should NOT be allowed here There are issues with generated answers, many discussed in the question's link and on general meta, where the staff answer says: Because sites are ...
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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 ...
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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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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 The potential problems are many, but include: Answers tend to go out of date more quickly than for other types ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Are ChatGPT answers allowed here?

ChatGPT is not a real thinking machine when you look at how it answered. I posted my own answer to Join twice on same table with different conditions and no PK / FK relations and quickly noticed that ...
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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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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 ...
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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 clearly ...
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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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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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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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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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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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can i ask questions here about ElasticSearch?

I'm afraid the example questions you offer, on-topic or not, don't look like good candidates (for any SE site). They are either easily answerable by reading documentation (1, 5), opinion-based (2, 4, ...
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What's wrong with this database recommendation question?

I was the first person to vote to close your question. I did that because I felt the question was unclear because it did not address what you meant by modifying the order of a linked-list without ...
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Are "certification" questions considered off-topic for dba.se?

I don't come on this site for career advice.
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Is this PostGIS database design question better suited to the DBA site or the GIS site?

I think that you should pick the site that you think makes the most sense for your question and target audience knowledgeability. If you think that the GIS folks are the most knowledgeable, you should ...
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Is this a suitable site to ask about database schema on platforms such as Salesforce?

If you don't know Salesforce yet, it is a huge platform, and one of its features is that you can customize it to the point of creating tables for your cloud (literally naming an object and creating ...
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Is this question fitting in this section?

It's certainly on topic. You should ask it. I like it a lot.
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Data Analyst Questions

Topicality ...asking questions not directly related to administration of those databases. The name of the site has always been a bit controversial. Many of the people that regularly answer questions ...
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Data Analyst Questions

This site is for making the platform run and run well. If there is a question about DBMS installation, tuning or how to write a query, ETL package or mining algorithm, this is the place. If, however, ...
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