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Guidelines for question titles

As I start to get more active in making edits and discussing things in the heap, I wonder if we have specific guidelines and thoughts on the title of a question? In this question, we mentioned that ...
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Is it w̲r̲o̲n̲g̲ to Underline words on SE (specifically dba.se)?

Sometimes, I feel that text can be emphasised a bit more if u̲n̲d̲e̲r̲l̲i̲n̲e̲ or d̳o̳u̳b̳l̳e̳ underlines were allowed? Given that SE's markdown doesn't support it, would it actually be against the ...
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What's up with DBA.SE blog?

I waited for the Blog with anticipation. And I was especially excited to articles about data warehousing (since I am moving in that direction and want to learn all I can about it). But then something ...
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why was this migrated

Why was this post migrated? http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13627263/how-do-i-select-a-column-which-is-a-concatenation-of-two-columns-in-the-same-tab It is similar to questions I would ask - I ...
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What to do about one-liner answers?

Sometimes really short answers get posted on the site, and some users (even well established users) do so regularly. Both users and mods have taken action to show our disapproval including: ...
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Do We Want Hats™?

In 2011, the Gaming Stack Exchange hosted an event called Hat Dash, where users earned "hats" for their gravatars by completing certain tasks (analogous to badges): Certain actions would trigger ...
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Should we use the ETL tag narrowly or broadly?

I retagged this (closed) question with etl assuming the tag should cover all (non-SQL) aspects of getting all sorts of data into an RDBMS. There is also this question—the only one tagged data-import ...
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Is the homework tag deprecated on DBA.SE?

As the homework tag is officially deprecated on SO, the question arises whether we should follow suit here, on DBA.SE. So, should we?
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How do I include tables with Ascii art lines in my answer?

Some answers on the site like this one and this one include tables drawn with ascii art. Is this done by hand or is there a tool I can use to help me?
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can i ask about the software recommendations here?

can i ask an question regarding software recommendations for database administration here? for e.g can anyone suggest me an tool to monitor the random changes occurs in database administration , can ...
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New tag for Oracle Database Appliance?

I have recently created a couple of questions related to the Oracle Database Appliance, and think it would be nice with a related tag. I don't yet have enough reputation to create new tags, but ...
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Why is “query” a suggested synonym for “sql”?

A query is an instance of a request to a database made in a query language. sql is an example of such, but not the only possible.
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Feedback on variables to monitor in MySQL

We're looking to troubleshoot replication issues with our MySQL servers (A-B: multimaster, B-C: master-slave, writes only to A). One theory we're looking at is that replication breaks when the master ...
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How do I provide an execution plan to someone for analysis?

I have been asked in another dba.stackexchange.com question to provide an actual execution plan. What is the best way to acquire this in order provide all the information required for analysis? ...
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Should we really just close questions, especially for n00bs?

Along a similar vein to this question. I have noticed a lot of questions closed for n00bs on this site (they have low reputation). Now maybe because StackOverflow is bigger I don't see this as much. ...
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What other databases would you like to see on SQL Fiddle?

Updated We have the opportunity to expand upon the database options found in SQL Fiddle. Which database (including version) would be the most useful for the community? Some thoughts I've had: ...
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Migrated questions, quality, and frequency of returning users

I've noticed, at least on the Oracle questions that have been migrated here, that there is either a very poor quality of question or (more importantly) that the user never returns to the site. Should ...
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DBA.SE Birthday Celebration?

Did you know DBA’s anniversary of its graduation is coming up on 16 August? Congratulations! How about a contest or some other fun activity to stir things up a little? After a year of great Q&A, ...
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cross-posting etiquette

Many of my questions, and most of my answers, involve SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). I don't believe we have a good concentration of experts on this tool here (yet) and I have seen some ...
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Why no body answer this question?

Is there a way to hint to query optimizer to mysql which contraints should be done first? I am just curious. Is there anything wrong with the question? Is there anything wrong with me? Is it too ...
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Why is this question downvoted so much?

What are the edges of typical (or specific) paid databases like oracle of mysql compared to the free oness? I understand that there are many good reason to use paid database engine, such as greater ...
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Should questions about database choice be allowed?

I want to ask specific question - what database should I choose for analytics, here's my research of what I know and here is problems that I'm worried about in my case. This stack part is quite ...
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Should basic SQL questions be allowed?

I’m going to buck the pervasive mentality here and ask the question:    Why shouldn’t dba.stackexchange.com include basic SQL questions? Previous related discussions: How do we ...
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Database Administrators Moderator Business Cards

We recently printed some business cards for our Stack Exchange employees and they turned out great. It got us thinking: our sites' moderators have been working hard to keep our sites high quality for ...
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Should an asker feel pressure to accept an answer when it's not…?

I have a few questions out there that have answers but not really the "right" answer - like SSRS email subscription with custom file name on the attachment, which provided a work-around, and can I add ...
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May I ask database modeling questions that have to do with accounting problems?

The reason I ask is that I asked a database modeling question that was also an accounting question, and it got closed.
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Database Administrators Top User Swag

As a thank you for being awesome, if you are on page 1 or page 2 of … http://dba.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all … we'll be sending you a little care package ...
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Oracle-RAC and RAC Tags

There are questions tagged Oracle-RAC and others tagged RAC. They are both about Oracle Real Application Clusters, so it seems that one should be merged into the other and perhaps a synonym created.
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Are DBA certification questions appropriate?

Not exactly a technical question, but certainly DBA-relevant. Are cert questions acceptable for the site?
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Make postgres a synonym of postgresql

Make postgres a synonym of postgresql.
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Can we still Twitter our answers out?

I just noticed that the link to Twitter is no longer under the Favorite star of any Question across all my StackExchange accounts. Was this an oversight ? Is Twitter being removed ? Is there another ...
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What to do with very short answers?

Sometimes there are very short anwers for real questions. In the latest example, a working solution was given in a one-liner comment. Now what is the policy/advisable, posting that as an answer ...
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Voting on an Answer to a Closed Question

There was a question that was closed as an exact duplicate back in Jan 12, 2012 : What is the right time to use an ENUM versus a normalized types table in MySQL? My answer to this Question was just ...
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Make sql-developer a synonym of oracle-sql-developer

Make sql-developer a synonym of oracle-sql-developer. "sql-developer" is ambiguous and people have tagged general development questions with that in the past. Asking here instead of in the Tag ...
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How do I find X data?

Is Database Administrators a place to ask, "Where can I find public domain data like mailing addresses" etc. Can someone point me to the right direction if DBA is not such a place. Thanks
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how much stuff should be migrated from Stack Overflow?

I ask a lot of questions about SSRS around these parts, and I also Google a lot of SSRS issues. Frequently answers will turn up at Stack Overflow, sometimes on questions that are a year or two old. ...
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Canonical Answers

After discovering the pot of gold that is ServerFault's What are the canonical answers we've discovered over the years?, I'm inclined to think dba.se could do with the same. If agreeable to ...
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Blogoverflow Topic Requests! (Summer 2012)

If you have a request for our blogoverflow blog (http://dba.blogoverflow.com) then please put them here, one per "answer", and someone will work on a blog entry on it, I'm sure. Also see: Our ...
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Our blog is launched as of this week! (Feedback here please!)

You may remember our topic at Blogoverflow blog anyone? If you want to help with the DBA.SE blog, here's the signup list? where we asked for volunteers to help write our blogoverflow blog, ...
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How should 'Have you tried to search'-type comments be handled?

On questions that look like the OP hasn't attempted any research or to try to figure it out themselves, should comments be left to have them try to google (or bing,etc) or otherwise show they tried to ...
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should new users be reminded to accept answers?

(At the risk of sounding like someone overly concerned with her reputation...) Should new users be reminded to accept answers? In this question - Rewriting a query and eliminating subqueries - the ...
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So who won the 2012 moderator elections?

I have participated in and watched the nomination/election process of our site recently. But now that the election is over, all traces of links to it are gone. It leaves me wondering, "Who won?" I ...
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Should we allow database agnostic 'HowTo' questions?

Example: How to copy complete structure of a table without BACK-UP The OP was asking how to do something in basically any of 3 RDBMS , and received 3 'correct' answers for each RDBMS. Should these ...
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2012 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat Digest

The following is a "digest" version of the 2012 Moderator Election Town Hall Chat. The format, as described on Meta Stack Overflow, is one answer to this question for every question asked in the Town ...
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Should we have a tag for MDX? Where do MDX questions belong?

I answered a question today on Stackoverflow that was migrated to DBA.SE. I took a look at the FAQ and see that BI and Data Warehousing are on topic, but basic SQL is not. The question is basic MDX, ...
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Should 'trivia' questions be off-topic

There is nothing in the FAQ or here on meta that specifically says these questions cannot be asked, and I think some other sites like SO tolerate them to a degree, but perhaps the expert focus here ...
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Should “thanks” and “welcome” comments be removed as “too chatty”?

I often see comments along the following lines: Thanks! You're welcome. :) This is great! In person, I appreciate these aspects of common courtesy. On Stack Exchange, they are considered ...
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2012 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat: Wednesday at 0:00 UTC / Tuesday at 8pm EDT

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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Should vague titles be edited to be more descriptive?

It seems like we have gotten a few vague titles lately: What is the best database design for this situation? SQL memory usage Help with this SELECT in the same table (maybe) If the community ...
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Is my question too basic for dba?

I feel my question Minimizing the number of parent rows for a distinct column in a child table may be too simple for dba. I know it is likely some simple group by logic that I am missing but I feel ...