Where should I ask questions about the StackExchange Data Explorer?

I found this page which explains that stack exchange data is dumped somewhere, and in the help section I am told to ask questions about the data explorer here (on Meta Stack Exchange):

Surprisingly there exists a "Frequently Asked Questions" section in the help page of the stack exchange data explorer page instead of the link I expected to a Stack Exchange site on which to ask questions. In fact the FAQ section of the help page seems to indicate that those questions are currently rolled into Meta Stack Exchange.

To get help with your Data Explorer question though, or to provide feedback, please ask on Meta Stack Exchange!

Is there reason for not having a dedicated StackExchange site for questions related to queries on stack exchange data? In particular, wouldn't it be nice to have a place dedicated to asking questions about using the "Data Explorer", "Stack Exchange Data Dump Formats", and any existing queries?

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    What type of problems are you having? Getting particular queries to work (that sounds like a variation on an SQL problem which might be appropriate for Stack Overflow)? or descriptions of the structures (that's more a meta question which would show up here)? Something else?
    – user213963
    Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 13:08
  • There is a lot fo content here already like the data dictionary, interesting queries and I have answered a question that asked about an ERD of SEDE
    – rene
    Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 13:37

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Is there a good reason to have one that is dedicated to the data explorer?

An extra site is overkill (there are currently 842 questions tagged with ). A site is not free - there is a database behind it, web resources, and extra maintenance work, which is simply not worth it in this case.

Having a whole site dedicated to this makes no sense (there isn't a community around the tool - with only 842 question in 6 years, this would be a site that would probably not survive a private beta).

  • Yes. Those questions will get seen and answered here; there wouldn't be enough people who would regularly visit a separate site. Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 16:01

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