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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What kinds of questions can I ask here?

Anything to do with SQL Server or working with SQL Server (not just the technology, but careers questions, too). Before you ask, please make sure to search for similar questions, by their title or tags. when you do ask a question, please make sure you give any supporting information that you can, so that others can clearly understand the problem you're trying to solve.

What kinds of questions should be avoided?

Please avoid asking questions that are not relevant to this community (see above), too subjective, or argumentative. Trolling is frowned upon!

What should I avoid in my answers?

ASK.SQLServerCentral a question and answer site - it is not a discussion group. Please avoid holding debates in your answers as they tend to dilute the essense of questions and answers. For the brief discussions please use the commenting facility, and if you want to hold longer discussions, consider the SQLServerCentral Forums.

What do I do when I have got the answers to my question?

The voting and answer buttons

This one is easy. Beside each answer there are 3 clickable icons; a thumb up, a thumb down and a tick/check. If the answer helped you and was relevant to your question, click the thumb up. If for some, unlikely reason, the answer was off topic or was bad advice, then click the thumb down. To reverse either of these votes and cancel the first click, just click the same thumb again. Once you have solved your problem, you need to select the answer that gave you the most help and click the tick/check icon. Voting for an answer gives the answerer some karma points. Clicking the response as the right answer gives the answerer and You some karma points.

Who moderates this community?

The short answer is: you. This website is moderated by the users. The karma system allows users to earn rights to perform a variety of moderation tasks as they become more active members of the community. However, the community does have a few "classic" moderators, with admin powers beyond what the karma system grants. These moderators are well-established members of the community, and are committed to making it a vibrant, helpful place to share SQL knowledge:

If you're not sure how to reach them, just drop an email to admin@ask.sqlservercentral.com.

How does the karma system work?

When a question or answer is upvoted, the user who posted them will gain some points, which are called "karma points". These points serve as a rough measure of the community trust in him/her. Various moderation tasks are gradually assigned to the users based on those points.

For example, if you ask an interesting question or give a helpful answer, your input will be upvoted. On the other hand if the answer is misleading - it will be downvoted. Each vote in favor will generate 10 points, each vote against will subtract 2 points. There is a limit of 200 points that can be accumulated per question or answer. The table below explains the karma requirements for each type of moderation task.

  • add comments -> 1
  • delete comments -> 2000
  • close own questions -> 250
  • reopen own questions -> 500
  • retag questions -> 500
  • edit any answer -> 2000
  • open any closed question -> 3000

Each user of the site is able to cast 60 votes per 24 hours (in fact, a 24 hour sliding window), regardless of how much karma they have. You should start seeing warnings that you're approaching the limit when you're down to 10 votes. Be aware that the limit takes into account your voting on questions, comments, and answers!

What is gravatar?

Gravatar means globally recognized avatar - your unique avatar image associated with your email address. It's simply a picture that shows next to your posts on the websites that support gravatar protocol. By default gravar appears as a square filled with a snowflake-like figure. You can set your image at gravatar.com

To register, do I need to create new password?

No, you don't have to. You can login through any service that supports OpenID, e.g. Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc. Login now!

Why can other people can edit my questions/answers?

This is normally only possible if you mark your question or answer as a community wiki, and thereby agree to let your fellow community members help refine and improve it. The goal of this site is to help people get the best answers possible for their SQL questions, and sometimes it turns out that one of our more knowledgeable members knows how to improve the answer (or add more detail to the question). In the cases where your submission has not been marked as acommunity wiki, only moderators and the site administrators have the power to make changes, meaning that questions and answers can be edited by users of this site who have proven their knowledge and/or dedication to quality content, and this improves the overall quality of the knowledge base. If this approach is not for you, we respect your choice.

Still have questions?

Please ask your question, & help make our community better! It you have a question about the site itself, please ask it in the Meta-askssc section of the site, or else get in touch with the administrators and moderators.