I want to ask about pricing for an Azure MySql database. It looked at Micoroft's pricing information, but it is hard to understand.

Is asking about pricing, especially on how the achieve the cheapest pricing for a specific service, on-topic here?

Cody Gray for I have a question about Windows Azure compute pricing and perhaps other compute pricing methods as well says off-topic, is this the consensus here?

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    The best people to answer question about pricing are the ones who actually set the pricing (and do the charging). We may tell you one thing and then they may charge you something differently.
    – John Conde Mod
    Oct 15, 2019 at 12:01

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It is common on all StackExchange sites that pricing questions are off-topic. This includes questions regarding the relative, as opposed to absolute, prices of similar services.

Prices change and vary from country to country. Such questions become obsolete quickly and are of interest to a limited number of visitors to the site.

I see no reason to treat Azure differently.


Cody's comment on that question was posted when the question was still on StackOverflow, before it has been migrated here to Webmasters. Pricing questions are indeed off-topic at SO: Burninate pricing tag I couldn't find the specific reason behind it, but it appears that on-topic questions about coding rarely have pricing figure into it there.

Pricing is not specifically off-topic here. We don't address pricing at all in our help center. We have several meta discussions that touch on it:

As a moderator here, I would not close a question about understanding web hosting pricing as off-topic.

In fact, I can think of a few similar questions:

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    I'd agree with this too. Questions that are primarily asking for help understanding pricing models don't necessarily hinge on the specific pricing itself (which would otherwise get outdated and invite price comparisons or self-promotional answers/comments). I think this is one of those gray areas that we should keep in mind, and possibly try to edge the question to be in alignment with (by editing if possible) so that it doesn't end up closed just because it mentions pricing.
    – dan Mod
    Oct 16, 2019 at 0:21
  • Thanks for this detailed answer. I felt encouraged and have put up my question here: webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/125712/… I tried to focus more on the way to run the server than on the actual prices.
    – Marcel
    Oct 16, 2019 at 5:13

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