What information do you think needs to be in the header block of our FAQ?

Check out some of the FAQs of our sister sites:

http://english.stackexchange.com/faq

http://gaming.stackexchange.com/faq

http://photo.stackexchange.com/faq

and especially http://programmers.stackexchange.com/faq

I'm soliciting suggestions of content or lists to be included. We'll mock up a suitable answer here as CW next week for discussion before making it semi-official

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What kind of questions can I ask here?

Database Administrators - Stack Exchange is for database professionals needing expert answers on all advanced database-related topics concerning either traditional SQL RDBMS or NoSQL databases. If you have a question about:

  • Database Administration, including , , , , , , , , ,
    Installation
    Provisioning
    Scaling
    Replication
    Migration
    Tuning
    Partitioning
    Clustering
    Referential Integrity
    Altering Database Objects

  • Database Backup, Restore, Export, Import and ETL

  • Database Recovery

  • Data Modelling / Database Design

  • Advanced programming in server-side languages built into databases, eg:
    Stored Procedures
    Triggers

  • Advanced Querying, eg:
    Windowing functions
    Hierarchical data
    Dynamic SQL
    Advanced optimization
    Pivoting data

and it is not about…

  • client-side programming questions (ask on Stack Overflow instead)
  • basic SQL questions (ask on Stack Overflow instead)
  • career advice, including general workplace issues
  • what platform you should learn next, including which technology is better in general terms
  • salary or compensation
  • résumé help
  • what project you should do next

…then you're in the right place to ask your question!

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just a rough idea so flame away :) –  Jack Douglas Oct 28 '11 at 15:23
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I like this. For the "ask on ... instead" we can link to the other sites. We might also differentiate things that belong on Server Fault or Super User (the latter might be phpMyAdmin or the like). –  jcolebrand Oct 28 '11 at 16:48
    
Good work Jack, covers everything I can think of so far. Could perhaps expand on the basic vs advanced by linking to existing questions on SO and dba.se? –  Mark Storey-Smith Oct 30 '11 at 23:50
    
Seems on the mark, the "Do ask about" list is a bit long though. I don't object to anything in particular though –  Ben Brocka Nov 7 '11 at 0:56
    
@Ben good point, maybe the sub-lists can be collapsed into a 'show more' button like we already have on some bits of the faq –  Jack Douglas Nov 7 '11 at 7:51
    
@JackDouglas I was thinking exactly that, I'm not sure how the Show More things work though. If the sublists could be collapsed until the "full" entry is shown that would be great. –  Ben Brocka Nov 7 '11 at 14:04
    

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