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I have asked "Why do famous CMSes uss string flags in the database instead of integers?" question here. After asking it (and receiving an answer) I realized that Database Administrators has database-design tag and I have found this answer.

My question is currently +2 upvoted, but it also contains two close votes. And I wonder, if these are because someone just didn't like my question or maybe because I asked it in the wrong place and I should rather go to Database Designers with next questions of this kind?

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Questions about database design are on topic.

However, the close votes aren't because your question is about database design, but because you are asking for speculation on what a small handful of people did coincidentally, who may have been doing it for different reasons. As a result, the close votes are for "primarily opinion based".

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