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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 ...
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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. ...