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Once again, many inexperienced developers begin to think of ways to store several values in a single column, because the obvious solution is to add a category column to the joke table and use it to list the IDs of those categories to which each joke belongs. A second rule of thumb would be useful here: if you need to store multiple values in a single field, your design is probably flawed.