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closed as too localized by random Nov 19 '11 at 15:36

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Close as not-unicorn-related – juanformoso Apr 1 '10 at 14:01
IMO, a perfectly sound question - therefore, voting to reopen. – Rook Apr 1 '10 at 14:05

I voted to open.

I'd suggest the question be slightly modified to ask why one might make this choice, rather than why specific listed sites made this choice.

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Question now reopened. – ChrisF Apr 1 '10 at 14:10

The question is tagged with [scalability], but no part of the question addresses those aspects of the issue. Your question seems mostly concerned with the financial aspects of the decision. There's nothing wrong with that, but it makes the experience of reading through the question somewhat vague and unfocused.

I think what the closers objected to is (a) the vagueness of the question, and (b) the question is inherently subjective and not marked as community wiki. There's no clear answer because selection of technology is always dependent on business needs.

If you mark it as community wiki and focus the question a little bit, I think you'll have better results getting answers.

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Your question was closed because you asked why people don't use MySQL when it's way cheaper. This implies that MySQL is better because it costs less, and makes MS SQL users appear foolish. I realize this was probably not your intent, but it is how some likely read your question. The edited version of your question is more neutral, and seeks an honest answer without casting judgement, which is why it is now open again.

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In the first place, it's only peripherally a programming question, and thus doubtful for SO. Asking about programming technology is on topic, but MySQL and MS SQL Server are not primarily programming environments. It's arguably better suited for Server Fault, as it deals with design issues of large (and presumably professional) websites.

In the second place, it's a subjective question, and asked in a somewhat argumentative manner. Therefore, the closure as "subjective and argumentative".

So, I'd classify this as a borderline question, which could stay open or be closed without bothering me. It's a legitimate question, but not necessarily one for SO.

Moderation on SO is done by a large number of people who have different views on things. Questions that are clearly suitable for the site stay open, and clearly unsuitable questions get closed quickly and usually stay closed. You may not agree with all the decisions, or all the rules, but you'll do better to stick as closely to the ideal SO question as possible.

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