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Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2011 8:33 AM
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Hi everyone

I've submitted a few QotDs now and some have proved more popular than others. I'd therefore be interested to know what sort of questions people like, any formats they prefer, subject matter they like and so on. That way people who feel like submitting questions have some idea as to what might be useful or interesting to others.

If anyone has criticisms of questions that would be interesting too, although it would be better to keep it constructive!

Duncan
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Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2011 8:52 AM


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Personally, I like questions related to data types, commands, syntax and functions as those are normally the ones that get me wondering about old code and if I could update my code with the items in question. Since more of my job relates to SQL development than DBA work, these questions just appeal more. The recent date datatype questions you posted are a prime example, thank you for those. I still enjoy the other questions on file structures, maintenance, security, etc. too but I don't seem to retain that info as much.
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Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2011 9:19 AM


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First of all, I like any (correctly formulated) question that I cannot answer .
Particularly questions about less documented and/or unexpected behavior should be very useful. Usually we stumble upon these in our work.
Also, I think questions about newer features would be useful.

Cheers
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Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2011 9:27 AM


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Duncan Pryde (4/13/2011)
Hi everyone

I've submitted a few QotDs now and some have proved more popular than others. I'd therefore be interested to know what sort of questions people like, any formats they prefer, subject matter they like and so on. That way people who feel like submitting questions have some idea as to what might be useful or interesting to others.

If anyone has criticisms of questions that would be interesting too, although it would be better to keep it constructive!

Duncan


So far I have submitted and had published 39 QODs, and I selected as the QOD subject, something I have learned in searching for solutions to my problems. I know a great stretch to assume that many others have my problems, but as of last night I have had 86,631 attempts at answering, with 47,062 answering correctly, leading me to believe that what I needed to learn so do others.

The one major aspect of formulating a QOD is to test your code, and when you believe it is correct let it sit for a day or two and then test again, and again, and yet again. Then set it aside once again for a day or so, reread your question, does it make hidden assumptions, if so state those assumptions in your question.

Then and only then submit your QOD for publication.


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Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2011 9:33 AM


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Some of the question types I like:

datatypes
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coding solutions
new features
multi-answer

As long as I can learn something from the question, I am usually satisfied with it.




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Posted Thursday, April 14, 2011 12:53 AM
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Based on what I'd seen in question threads, it looked to me as though datatype/code/syntax questions were always popular, which a couple of you have confirmed here. It's perhaps because it's something we all have to deal with at some point or other, whereas questions on pure admin areas may seem irrelevant to developers and vice versa.

Personally, I just like a question to be clear about what it's asking, rather than try and obfuscate its intention. My own questions are usually nothing to do with what I'm working on - in fact the last few have come directly as a result of other QotDs or the discussions that followed!
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Posted Thursday, April 14, 2011 8:28 AM


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People like to think, so if you can make them apply knowledge without memorizing some answer, it's a good question. Hard to do well, and going off forum posts is a good idea. Lots of people trying to learn.






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