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handling of an unanswered question

The question Find active values of SQLNET.ORA parameters on server received 0 upvotes and the OP issued a bounty of value 50 but no one answered. Therefore the OP posted an answer where he stated that ...
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Why recycle posts for people who aren't interested?

This post reappeared on dba.stackexchange a few minutes ago (01:20 UTC), but the person who asked the original question hasn't visited the site for almost 9 months. Why should questions by people ...
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New tag called “subtypes”?

Note: the "subtypes" tag has been created. Now let's see if it gets used. Revised proposal at end. I am proposing a tag to be named "subtype-table-design". This would collect questions relating to ...
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MSSQL vs SQL Server

I just had one of my questions edited, changing instances of MSSQL to SQL Server in the text. I don't have a problem with this, I just wanted to check what the consensus was on the use of 'MSSQL' to ...
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Remove tag [tag:access] and blacklist it

The tag access has no description and I've seen it used in at least three different contexts: Microsoft Access, but there's already a tag ms-access for this. privileges a user has on an object, but ...
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Remove tag alias indexed-view for materialized-view

The tag indexed-view is an alias for materialized-view. Which means when posting a question regarding an Oracle materialized view this will be tagged with a tag that refers to a SQL Server technology. ...
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Question locking prevented answering

I answered this question about 10 minutes after it was posted (I remember seeing that it had been posted 8 minutes ago when I loaded it the first time). But my post was rejected because it had been ...
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New Tag for SQL Server Installation

I cannot find specific tag ' SQL Server installation' however there is a tag 'Installation'. If we could create this tag it would be good for users to use this tag to specifically tell this is ...
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Encourage new/all posters to give DDL and DML?

When asking questions, shouldn't we encourage new (indeed all) posters to give DDL and DML rather than table descriptions and rows of data? I'll use a trivial example from MySQL. mysql> create ...
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I have a “big” database, what RDBMS/design should I use?

There are several instances of this type of question lurking around. The answers are invariably opinionated, irrelevant, and in some cases intentionally misrepresentative or just plain wrong. Should ...
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My reviewing of questions is declared “blatantly bad”; why, and how can I improve?

I've started seeing this strongly worded message recently when clicking the Review link: You have approved numerous edits or first posts that were blatantly bad and needed editing or should not ...
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Is DBA the best place for questions related to SQL/DBA tools?

Are questions about configuring or using SQL/DBA tool, such as SQL Studio, SQL Developer, TOAD, or phpMyAdmin, best posted on DBA? If not, what is the best SE site for such? The kind of question I ...
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(SQL) Titles in caps lock

I am aware of "Whether we should be CAP COPs", however would like to ask for a special exception regarding titles. The reason for this is that for example right now on the entire SE network users see ...
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Should we allow, even encourage, “feature comparison style” questions?

The more specific the piece of technology one uses, the more difficult it is for someone without extensive knowledge of that piece of technology to make informed decisions as to how best to use it. ...
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Error occurred while submitting your question?

I have been trying to post a question in the Database Administrators Site for a while and each time I get the error: An error occurred submitting the question I am using IE10. Are there any ...
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Shall we add a new 'off-topic' reason for questions that are 'too basic'?

We get questions from time to time like this one or the odd 'how do I join two tables' SQL question, which fall short of our 'expert-level'. Some are best migrated to SO, but for the rest, would it ...
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Are Couchbase questions on topic?

I noticed that there was no tag for Couchbase and only a small number of questions mentioning it. So are Couchbase questions on-topic for this site - dba.SE (it which case it'd be lovely to get a ...
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Delete tag sqlsql-server-2012

I hope I'm proposing this in the correct way. sqlsql-server-2012 seems to be a spelling mistake of sql-server-2012. There were 2 questions with this tag, for which edits to change the tag from ...
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On link-only or link-mostly answers

As a community we can decide how we should handle link-only or link-mostly answers, possibly in a different way than SO does (and that is a constantly / moving / target / anyway). I'm not even clear ...
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What should our list of off-topic close reasons be?

Close reasons are changing, as well as the sub-reasons for off-topic. We should probably try to avoid falling behind. This post borrows quite heavily from this post on meta.robotics (which borrowed ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why must an edit be at least 6 characters?

All I needed to do was to fix spelling from Mechanic to Machanic in the following post: SQL Server 2008 T-SQL select hanging, but not dead locked Unfortunately I could not save my edit, and had to ...
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Why are database developers' Q&A migrated to DBAs site

The following link is an example: How SQL Server handles concurrent requests? Why was it migrated to DBAs site? I think that at this time such questions get more exposure on stackoverflow. As such, ...
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What Constitutes Proper Editing of Questions and Answers?

Many times I look over some questions and answers and see the following scenarios: Places where spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and format could be improved. Tags that are synonyms only. ...
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What is acceptable self-promotion here on DBA.SE

This is already dealt with in the network-wide bit of the FAQ: May I promote products or websites I am affiliated with here? Be careful, because the community frowns on overt self-promotion ...
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What content needs to go in the main site faq, the first block?

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 ...
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Should StackDBAs tweet meta questions?

I just got a tweet from StackDBAs linking this Meta question Is the tweeting of meta questions something we want?
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Sometimes, an answer is just plain wrong. What to do?

Why "Begin Transaction" before "Insert Query" locks the entire table? The question above contains outright, no two ways about it, plain old factually incorrect answers. I've ...
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Is it really considered 'Clutter' to be polite here?

I am a Newbie here. In other forums, my habit is to close my messages with the signature "Kind regards Uwe Hesse http://uhesse.wordpress.com" Regarding the automatically attached username, pointing ...
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Now the site is public, are ServerFault database questions going to be migrated across?

At the time of posting this, the Server Fault site has 2,646 questions tagged "sql-server". Should they be migrated across? And if so, should this be an automatic bulk process, or will each ...
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We need to formalize a site title/name. Does “Database Administrators” still ring true? [closed]

We had some original thoughts here: Why Database Administrators? but that seems to read more of a "why is this site named this way" and not so much of a "we need this name". So I'm making this thread ...
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When should the ‘rdbms’ tag be applied?

I would assume that the rdbms tag is easily assumed for just about every question on dba.stackexchange.com. For those questions specifically about non-relational DBMSen, the non-relational tag can be ...
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Is there any tabular tool in editor?

Is there any table tool or markup which can facilitate user presenting tabular data? As such user need not to combine "-", "+", and "|" to create a visual table like in this post.
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What is the real visitors/day and visitors per day?

From the Database Administrators Area 51 page it says that there are 132 visits/day, but the site itself lists 991 visitors/day in the Site Stats. It would seem that visits/day would be higher than ...
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Web programming only, or database applications of any stripe?

The DBA title kind of leaves the implication, for me anyway, that the site is aimed primarily at those of us who create and manage databases for online applications and similarly deployed settings. ...
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What about Business Intelligence?

I was wondering if Business Intelligence has its lace on this website ? In Business Intelligence we can see 3/4 domain that are parts of Database Expert : ETL Datawarehousing Data Modeling ...
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Why Database Administrators?

When I comited to this site, the title was Database. It suddenly became Database Administrators, why that ? Talking about database is not only the administration side it's all the task around also. ...
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Petition to reopen a CDC question

I am currently investigating whether to use the SQL Server feature Change Data Capture (CDC) for a data framework I am developing. During my research I found much on how to use CDC, but not as much ...
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Can I ask conversational questions? (Training)

I would like to ask the following question but is DBA Stackexchange the right place? Is there any place on Stackexchange for it? Please do answer the questions above, if you would, not the question ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for database design review here?

There's codereview stackexchange to ask to get.. well your code reviewed :D. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be anything equivalent for database reviewing. Would it be appropriate to put ...
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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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Image choice for caption competitions

I recently deleted a competition initiated by a user on this site. I have extremely mixed feelings since: We love when users show initiative on our sites. In this case, there was a major award and ...