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2013 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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did I not provide a possible answer?

While admittedly so basic I nearly didn't post it, isn't this a legitmate answer to the asker's question? Oracle UPDATE single record with multiple WHERE conditions Just want to make sure I'm ...
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2013 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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Active participation during election

So, I've done it; I've nominated myself for dba.SE moderator. Unfortunately, I am shipping off to Alaska for SQL Cruise starting May 24th, and from what I understand the election runs through May ...
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2013 Community Moderator Election

The 2013 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three ...
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Should I ask here about an academic paper on indexing?

I'm researching bitmap indexes for an MSc assignment. A good early paper on the topic is "Bit Transposed Files" by Wong et al, published in 1985. I find the paper's description of Composite Encoding ...
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Are “Help me with this query” questions on topic?

Are "Help me with this query" questions on topic here or are they 'too localized'? I have a table, with indexes but the explain seems to indicate that the indexes are not used and I'd like some ...
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Network Databases - 2

I fail to see why my previous question was closed. I merely asked whether or not there were any free/open source network (IDMS-type) databases, with the implication that, if there were, an indication ...
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Migrate SO questions here and close as duplicate or close at SO?

How to permanently delete a row in oracle forever This question prior to being migrated to dba.se already had a comment that it was previously answered on dba.se, with a link. However, the close ...
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Should database theory questions be posted here, in cstheory or in cs?

As per title, it doesn't seem to be clear. As an aside, maybe for similar situations you should add a feature to allow to add a link to the question on the questions pane of the closely related ...
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Can we change the comment-flag system on The Heap chatroom?

Yesterday (April 1st, April Fools Day notwithstanding) we had some high-ranking members of DBA.SE banned from chat by moderators/10k users from other sites that did not take an appropriate amount of ...
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Is this the place to ask Memcached performance questions?

I'm attempting to diagnose an issue with my Memcached performance, however there is no tag for "memcache"! Is there a better stackexchange than dba.stackexchange.com to ask my memcache questions?
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Should there be a data-modeling tag?

I looked at the tags, and noticed that there is no tag for data modeling. Before I try to add one, (assuming that I can) I'd like to find out whether the community has already thought about such a ...
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Can We / Should We Strongly Encourage Users to Specify RDBMS on the “Ask” page?

More than most other sites, the majority of our questions require a specific piece of information: What RDBMS and what version is the asker using? If it's possible, would it be a benefit to add ...
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Are questions about implementation details of a database on topic?

Specific question on Stack Overflow: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15468735/overview-of-how-mongodb-uses-its-various-threads In short, the OP is asking about what MongoDB uses it's threads for ...
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Migration makes tags orphaned references

A question, "How to Model Inheritance of Two Tables MYSQL" was migrated to this forum from Stackoverflow. Unfortunately, my answer to that question contained references to three tags that do not ...
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Whether we should be CAP COPs

A certain user has suggested a boatload of edits recently. The changes have been either largely or completely revolving around the upper-casing of Transact-SQL keywords. For example, a post that ...
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UPSERT synonym for MERGE?

I created a tag upsert (7x) today and wrote a somewhat useful (I hope) tag wiki. Later I found that there is already a tag merge (15x, no wiki). Would you consider the two synonymous? I can't mark ...
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It's the 14th of January. I still see sleighs

It's the 14th of January. I still see sleighs when people depart from chat. Christmas is over. When is it due to stop?
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Regarding the author's right to edit his own question

How do I add minutes to a time data type? This question has spontaneously devolved into an edit war. The author feels slighted. Here is his "closing volley" and then my ruling as a moderator ...
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Should this question have OS/Database tags?

It seems like the question On a dedicated database server, how much memory to reserve for the OS? should be tagged for a particular OS and database. How can the "Best" answer bubble to the top unless ...
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Post Deleted Answer?

The question below has an answer that was down-voted and then deleted by the owner. I was going to post something similar to the deleted answer. Would it be permissible to copy the deleted answer ...
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DBA.SE Xmas caption competition - 'tis the season to be jolly

DBA.SE Christmas caption competition In the spirit of the festive season, hats and all such matters, we proudly present the DBA.SE caption competition. The rules are simple: Answer this meta ...
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So what's with the hats thing?

you may have noticed some of our users now have hats around the site, and it might almost be annoying, but we assure you they're all in good fun, and intended to increase site participation! Here's ...
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Does My Answer Sound Like Product Endorsement?

I just posted an answer to a physical data security question : How to properly secure MySQL database? As I stated in the question, I normally don't endorse products. Since I posted an answer based on ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. Funny timing, this is exactly 400 posts later. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Replacing an answer vs. updating an answer

I have answered a question, and based on feedback from the OP, most of my answer needs to be replaced/updated with the revised answer. My question: Should I append the new answer to the existing ...
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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 ...