Similar ideas have been popping up on meta.SO.
Popup requesting people to specify a DBMS when they tag a question with the tag SQL?
sql tag without provided RDBMS
I am all for it.
My favorite would be to enforce the declaration of a basic (DBMS) tag. We'd need some sort of db-agnostic tag to go with that, but with simpler wording - many people won't ...
Based on Crow's Foot notation:
Intended meanings as drawn (artistic licence employed):
One (and only one) Database Administrators site
Zero or many site achievements
Zero or one featured meta questions (typically; of course right now we have two)
The far terminator is currently a circle. I guess this could ...
It is jarring, but taking the background colour away entirely leaves it hard to tell what is code and what isn't:
I think we should consider a third option, ether a lighter grey:
Or something else:
Just for reference, this is what we currently have:
I'll chime in here, seeing as I started the original discussion on chat.
I think that the message is a good idea, but enforcing a base RDBMS tag (Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase, DB2. MySQL, Postgres etc) OR "RDBMS agnostic" might be a better way to go. Often the OP will post a question that will have a wildly different answer depending on which RDBMS they're ...
I think a reminder is the way to go, given the proliferation of nosql-of-the-week and specific-version-of-oracle tags that you would have to curate if you wanted to enforce it.
Also, it's not necessarily appropriate to enforce this on some questions on (for example data modelling). Even though the OP may have a specific platform in mind, this type of ...
Now a separate discussion: Suggestions for a better headline graphic
Crow's foot (or transitioning to IDEF1X) would have been arguably more in keeping with the topic:
Can the bare empty circles be changed to something more idiomatic?
I think it would be handy to have a one-click navigation back to the main site from the meta page in the left nav bar:
If you think that is a good idea, maybe even add a link to 'Meta' in the same place on the main site — but only for users who are logged in and have a certain rep perhaps. We want to encourage the meta use and awareness, ...
Site title is too small
The site title "Database Administrators" seems a little lost now (compared with nearby text):
Can the text be scaled up a bit within the standard space available?
Perhaps to make it the same height as the blue stacked cogs logo:
Comparison with SFF:
How about something like:
I'm sure the nice folks from Stackexchange can produce specs with exact dimensions and suchlike. If necessary I've got Adobe CS6, visio etc. and could knock up a model that's not based on someone's production system.
Getting the image to tesselate correctly down the left hand side of the page might need a bit of work.
Instead of having the ERD circles hanging in the air, they could link up to the top bar, the side bar and the question section:
ERD Elements Thin (incl. Larger Title)
ERD Elements Thick (incl. Larger Title)
ERD Connectors Without Linked Objects
The ERD connectors that don't have any linked objects could be eliminated altogether.
Seems to have been restored at 17:48 UTC, January 23. See here more information: What happened to the top bar and it's restored now on meta.SE
Quoting from the accepted answer by Shog9:
There's a project underway to bring the mobile theme more inline with the design of the full site, including the new top bar and some experiments with vertical ...
Looking back, the main place I see this discussed previously is as part of our graduation proces:
Design for Database Administrators
It seems the designer drew inspiration from various ER diagram types. One answer there (not from the designer) mentions "crows feet connectors".
Perhaps Jin will remember more and post a more complete answer here.