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comment Should 'trivia' questions be off-topic
The odds are that the decision was made years ago at a user group meeting or over beers at a pub local to a conference. It's not that I feel all that strongly about including questions like that here, it just seems like some seem to be making assumptions about database development, support, and DBAs that don't hold for all products; so I'm trying to clarify a bit. If you want to build PostgreSQL and brand it with a different name and sell it commercially with your own logo you can. Less extreme, if a group of users wants to put up a PostgreSQL-related web site and use a new logo, they can.
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comment Should 'trivia' questions be off-topic
I think this meta question was the result of the "PostgreSQL turtle" question. With PostgreSQL there is no company which controls such decisions; the members of the affected community can choose to promote PostgreSQL as they like, and the Japanese community chose to use a different symbol. The fact that they made such a decision and that no corporate approval was needed might, on it's own, be interesting to DBAs, as an insight into the nature of the product; or possibly to DBAs with some other cultural issue who might want to do something similar in their own community.
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comment Should 'trivia' questions be off-topic
I think the key points here are whether the answer to the question would be interesting to many of the intended users of the site, whether it would be likely to not already be known to many of them, whether there it is indeed an answerable question, and whether such questions are posted in moderation. A site need not be dry to be useful. I've seen studies showing that breaks from dry content (in various forms) refresh the mind and improve people's problem-solving abilities. As long as it's the break and not the body of content. :-)
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