yes, there is a huge difference between database professional and a database administrator
All our sites (at least in theory) cater to experts, and we felt the best way to make that clear is to say DBA, as in the standard professional title:
A database administrator (DBA) is a person responsible for the design, implementation, maintenance and repair of an organization's database. They are also known by the titles Database Coordinator or Database Programmer, and is closely related to the Database Analyst, Database Modeler, Programmer Analyst, and Systems Manager. The role includes the development and design of database strategies, monitoring and improving database performance and capacity, and planning for future expansion requirements. They may also plan, co-ordinate and implement security measures to safeguard the database. Employing organizations may require that a database administrator have a certification or degree for database systems (for example, the Microsoft Certified Database Administrator).
And, this is hilarious
It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Database.
I lol'ed! We had the same discussion, but I think when you're trying to build a community of experts it's best to spell that out as clearly as possible in the title and description.
Should we have figured this out earlier? Sure. But at least we figured it out before the site went into private beta and people got confused about who the expert audience is for this site.