16 questions use both and .

While these questions are undeniably data requests, I feel like should not be applied to these questions:

A database is an organized collection of data. The data are typically organized to model relevant aspects of reality in a way that supports processes requiring this information. For example, modelling the availability of rooms in hotels in a way that supports finding a hotel with vacancies.

Should we do something about it?

  • misuse + database = [databuse]
    – philshem
    Mar 30, 2015 at 13:01

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The tag is still being applied to far too many questions that are actually just a . In its current form, it is of no use to anyone.

For this reason I have renamed the tag to , since most of the questions actually talk about SQL databases anyway. I've also gone through all relevant questions and changed the ones that were mislabeled.


If there is no opposition within 48 hours, I will remove the tag from the questions that I think don't deserve it and that are also tagged .

  • Thanks for taking the initiative :) Nov 25, 2014 at 10:54
  • I'm not sure why you want to remove the tag. I think people are using it as another way of focusing the request. Since we don't have "data" or "dataset", this seems like a reasonable tag and the use in most of these questions. Nov 25, 2014 at 12:49
  • The database tag is fine for questions that are specifically about databases, such as Enron Email Dataset in MySQL. As Nicolas mentioned, many (but not all) of the questions currently tagged database are actually just data-request questions with no focus on databases. Nov 25, 2014 at 13:33
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    @JeanneHolm: I admit I might not be understanding fully what the database tag is about. I think the tag description needs to be clarified to say what is OK and what is not. If we allow too large a definition, it will apply to most questions on this site. What is your definition of this tag?
    – Nicolas Raoul Mod
    Nov 26, 2014 at 3:32

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