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, http://sqlfiddle.com, that I am hoping SQL questioners and answerers will find useful in the same way that http://jsfiddle.net 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?

  • 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. – Josh Darnell 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) – user1228 Jan 27 '12 at 19:25
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    @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
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    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
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    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 '16 at 23:19

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.

  • 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. stackoverflow.com/tags/sql/info – Bill the Lizard Mar 30 '12 at 19:25

There is an option I've used quite a bit for SQL answers, but unfortunately questioners have not: https://data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/new

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