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Personal opinion: I found it funny. (Note: I'm old enough to be that DBA. I have several books with weird covers. I also read them. I'm sure a lot of what I say sounds weird to younger people ;)


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If your answer tends to promote usage of a product, website, or technology where the you stand to benefit from that usage, then a disclosure (thanks, @AndriyM) should be added to the post. Adding details of your association in your profile helps, but I doubt it makes it clear to the typical site user. If you look at the number of people you've helped (~127k)...


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I'm old, and proud, when it comes to tech. I'm certainly not offended by someone calling me old. FYI, I'm against every type of insensitivity. I just think age is something to be proud of.


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In defense of my post: I'm not talking about all old people, just one guy who I work with. We have a close working relationship where we joke about his age. It's not malicious at all. Heck, if it weren't for him and his age, I wouldn't know half of what I do. I would be fine with an edit to remove the reference to age, but darn it, that book cover joke was ...


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These two seem like pretty uncontroversial uses for a comment: a suggestion as to how to improve the question (include a query plan, table definition, whatever); some of the general troubleshooting questions I'd ask in the same scenario. You can avoid getting involved in a comment discussion by explicitly asking the post author to update their ...


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Basically, sometimes you should add a disclosure to your answers, other times there's no need to, and still other times it can be helpful if you do (in my opinion anyway). I believe the first two scenarios have been covered in Hannah's answer, and I would like to elaborate a little on the third one. That last scenario is when the question is about a specific ...


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I count many amoebas as personal friends of mine and as a result I found the question to be deeply offensive. I demand that the moderators immediately send "WorldStar SQL" a letter of censure.


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Edit: Seeing as your question changed slightly I have modified my answer. Being around DBA.SE a while I would answer your questions as follows: A partial "guess" answer could can be appended as a comment to allow others to build upon the information provided by yourself. But then again, why not provide the partial answer as Community Wiki to allow the ...


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These are definitely some murky waters being navigated here. I am all for editing to correct typos, whether in content or code. And I even support correcting grammatical issues, even minor ones, if it improves clarity / readability. But, while I do agree that we should not have offensive content on the site, we should always be very cautious when editing ...


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If an edit at all, should be used to solve the ageism problem, it should rather has been: ...was replaced with: I work with a really long term employed DBA, who says a lot of considerable stuff. There should be no implication that what this person told is really interesting, nor that they're actually experienced. But if you meet a long ...


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Something else to consider: it's directed at someone who isn't using the site. The author wrote his post in a style that is more personable than a lot of people here. He wasn't insulting any other user. And it is weird to have a Bill O'Reiley book on your desk at work. Not the weirdest thing I've seen on someone's desk, but it definitely flags them as ...


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