Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

I see that for the JavaScript tag, there is a suggestion that questioners use JSFiddle or JSBin as tools for formulating their question. I also see that currently, there is no equivalent suggestion for the SQL tag (presumably because there haven't been many equivalent options). I just built a site,, that I am hoping SQL questioners and answerers will find useful in the same way that is for JavaScript folks. I've never updated the wiki for a tag before, and so I am not really familiar with the specific rules / expectations in that regard. Also, since this is my site, I could see how my adding that to the wiki would seem like shameless self-promotion. Is this something I should do? Or should I just use my site to answer SQL questions for a while, and then see how it goes?

share|improve this question
We do have Stack Exchange Data Explorer, which I've used a couple of times an "SQLFiddle" type of resource =) +1 though, very cool idea. – jadarnel27 Jan 27 '12 at 17:51
@jadarnel27 I knew about the data explorer, but that is limited in a couple ways - 1) Can't provide your own schema/data & 2) You can't switch database backends. So I'm hoping this will provide some more value in offering those options. – Jake Feasel Jan 27 '12 at 18:01
You willing to guarantee that your site won't ever go down? (I also have the same problem with the js sites) – Won't Jan 27 '12 at 19:25
@Won't I plan on following Bill's advice and only using my site as a reference, while posting the actual answer text directly in the answer on SO. So, that's a round-about way of saying "no, I don't guarantee it won't ever go down", but if it does I am aiming to mitigate that somewhat based on usage. – Jake Feasel Jan 27 '12 at 19:28
Over 12,500 upvoted or accepted answers used SQLFiddle in the last year according to this Data Explorer query, so I guess it did catch on with the community. :) – Bill the Lizard Jan 7 '14 at 14:07
Also, you might be interested in the discussion taking place at Does Stack Exchange donate to SQL Fiddle? – Bill the Lizard Jan 7 '14 at 14:08
Hi @JakeFeasel. Have a look at this post. Basically, the problem is with SQLFiddle and it is getting worse and worse for the last few months. Sometimes the Fiddle is not working. Is there a way to make it more reliable? – cha Apr 21 at 23:19
up vote 8 down vote accepted

I'd hold off and see how it goes. The community really needs to adopt a third-party resource like JSFiddle before it's appropriate to add it to a tag wiki.

When you add it to your own answers make sure you provide complete code in your answer and add the external link as a reference only. Also, make sure you disclose your affiliation with the site when you use it in your own answers.

share|improve this answer
Sounds good to me. Will do. – Jake Feasel Jan 27 '12 at 17:52
@JakeFeasel Good luck! I hope it catches on. – Bill the Lizard Jan 27 '12 at 18:21
Bill - it's been a few months now since I first asked about this, and I've seen quite a few different people using the site as a tool for SQL questions now. Also, I've polished the site up quite a bit since I first asked. I know there is no hard-and-fast answer here, but when would you say the "community" has adopted such a resource? BTW - I'm happy to report that I've managed to get a fair bit of exposure over the last couple months, and feedback has been very positive so far. – Jake Feasel Mar 22 '12 at 6:17
@JakeFeasel Nice job on the updates. A quick scan through the search results shows that well over a dozen different people are using SQLFiddle to show demos in addition to their code, so I think it's okay to add it to the wiki. – Bill the Lizard Mar 22 '12 at 11:45
Great, I've now submitted an update. – Jake Feasel Mar 22 '12 at 16:44
I tried to post an update to the wiki, but I guess my suggested edit was rejected. Oh well. – Jake Feasel Mar 28 '12 at 17:28
@JakeFeasel I went ahead and added it for you. – Bill the Lizard Mar 30 '12 at 19:25
Great, thanks Bill! – Jake Feasel Mar 30 '12 at 19:36

There is an option I've used quite a bit for SQL answers, but unfortunately questioners have not:

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .