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Who's building StatOverflow? I love the tool, especially cause I can't get to my home DB from work. But there's a few things I'd really like to see added (I'd even help!).

In the mean-time, let's also make this into the StatOverflow suggestion box.

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When I first saw this I thought it was "StackOverflow" ideas and I was going to harangue you for being a mod and posting such a horrible question. – TheTXI Sep 4 '09 at 14:52
According to the whois record for the domain, Ian Elliot( is our mystery site owner. – Rob Allen Sep 4 '09 at 15:04
Rob Allen == stalker! – John the Seagull Sep 4 '09 at 15:10
Not really much of a 'mystery', as he announced it here: – ベレアー アダム Sep 4 '09 at 15:38
I guess I've been neglecting the site far longer than I anticipated due to school. Since there seems to still be interest in it, I guess I'll get back to work. – Ian Elliott Oct 24 '09 at 1:06
Looks like it's taken down. – random Jan 29 '10 at 12:21

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Show a schema outline, or at least link to Brent Ozar's.

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I've wanted this more than anything myself. It's one of the biggest reasons I don't bother messing around with the data dumps. – TheTXI Sep 4 '09 at 14:54

Better error messages. At the moment, all we see is that the query failed, but not a good message why.

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Put something (such as the sandbox itself) on the index page ( instead of "Testing".

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Ability to export in some common formats such as Excel and PDF

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PDF? Do you mean CSV? – Joel Coehoorn Sep 4 '09 at 15:30

Expand the width or enable horizontal scrolling to make it possible to fit more columns into a query result set.

Preferably, do away with the whole centered layout you have now and have everything to the left, then just allow it to expand out to the right. I would rather scroll to see what I want to see than to have a bunch of columns truncated.

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Do you mean a liquid-layout? – rightfold Sep 5 '09 at 23:14

Show which DB engine it uses. I'm a SQL Server guy and it took a moment to remember the mysql syntax for my first query.

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Even better: let's find someone willing to put up a sql server DB and have a tabbed interface where you can pick your db engine. – Joel Coehoorn Sep 4 '09 at 15:28

Display which monthly dump is currently active.

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  • Do something to preserve query text across refreshes


  • Use JavaScript to somehow block the F5 key from refreshing the page (or even re-run the query)

It's such an ingrained habit to hit F5 to refresh the results after tweaking a query as you would in SQL Server Management Studio, but with statoverflow that completely loses your query text.

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Find a way to hyperlink PostIDs back to the original question from the results

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That's actually possible now, though none too friendly:… – Shog9 Sep 5 '09 at 6:10

A reporting area where users (such as Stu Thompson) could submit their own graphs and charts and other writeups about Stack Overflow based upon the data available. Or it could just be an area that links back to those types of posts since they already occur here on Meta Stack Overflow.

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Remove the 500 results limit. I know this could have some negative impacts on the DB, but I think you could provide other mechanisms to take care of this (such as limiting the number of these queries someone could generate at any given time range)

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Add an option to number the output rows sequentially.

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