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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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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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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 ...
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Synonym trigger and triggers

trigger - 29 questions triggers - 202 questions The singular tag name seems redundant. I'd suggest that triggers be kept, and the other be synonym'd.
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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Shall we add a new 'off-topic' reason for questions that really need professional support?

We get questions like this where it is immediately obvious that the OP has a much bigger issue than they realise, and they need a consultant or vendor support, much hand holding and hands-on access to ...
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How to ask “Why did the optimizer choose this query plan?”

I implemented a function to suggest movies from the example PostgreSQL database given in Seven Databases in Seven weeks. The first attempt was correct but slow. The function could take more than ...
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Should questions be marked with contraindicated tags?

Should a question be marked with a tag such as database-mirroring if the OP identifies that mirroring doesn't apply? For reference, see this question which has 3 tags about tech the OP has identified ...
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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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are Code Reviews for Functions/sprocs/etc. acceptable questions here?

I don't see very many review questions for SQL on CodeReview.StackExchange.com and was wondering if I should be posting them here instead? I haven't posted any yet, but would like to know if that is ...
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Should there be an entity-relationship tag?

In the last few months, more and more database-design questions have been migrated over here to dba. There is an entity-relationship tag over in SO. It's widely used, and I think usefully so. ...
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What is Association Bonus?

Can anyone help me regarding association bonus? What is this association bonus anyway?
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Should old questions that have no answers and are “too localized” or “too broad” be closed?

For reference, look at this question: Invalid Object SQL Server 2005 Express The question appears to be abandoned, and offers no real help to future visitors. Should it be closed, or do we care?
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Are questions about database design considered appropriate? [duplicate]

Would you consider questions about database design as appropriate for this website?
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Dealing with SQLServerPedia link-rot

Last week I posted a question on meta.SO about SQLServerPedia link rot. Essentially, all of the links we have here on dba.SE that point there are dead - they either go to a 404 page or the front page ...
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How do I handle multiple correct, yet distinctly different answers?

I recently asked a question [1] that has multiple correct answers, each with their own pros and cons. Nick's answer uses recursive CTE's to provide the solution as efficiently as possible, but ...
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A request for elaboration when migrating SO questions

As is discussed regularly in the heap, there seems to be a steady decline in the overall quality of questions on StackOverflow. I am nervous that this symptom will bleed into our site, and to prevent ...
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Newbie Questions

Over the years (2 years, actually), I have seen many posts where the asker introduces himself/herself as a newbie. Some questions are blantantly easily, others more profound. In either case, here is ...
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What image does our new theme need for the captcha page?

What image does our new theme need for the captcha page? Pretty simple. Be creative people!