Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

In my continuing effort to be a better flagger, I'd like to know your thoughts on how/why is this not off-topic: Application for sketching ideas on a computer.

It was simply flagged as off-topic and ruled "invalid".

EDIT: Since starting this thread, the question has been closed as "off-topic". So why is my "off-topic" flag still marked as invalid?

share|improve this question
Something tells me it's going to be off-topic pretty quickly now. – McCannot Jul 28 '11 at 15:52
You flagged this as off-topic and someone marked your flag as invalid? – M. Tibbits Jul 28 '11 at 15:55
@M. Tibbits: Yes, my flag was marked invalid. To be safe, I simply selected the "does not belong here -> off-topic" option. – Sparky Jul 28 '11 at 15:57
the option "does not belong here" should list some multiple choice options and/or give a text box in which to suggest a destination site. – IAbstract Jul 28 '11 at 15:59
I just voted to migrate to Programmers, but I didn't remember to check the post date. That's actually an old question. The occasional old post getting migrated isn't a huge deal, but as a matter of general SE policy, migrations of questions posted before the destination site existed aren't welcome. That aside, I could see the question fitting on Web Apps as well. – Pops Jul 28 '11 at 16:00
Perhaps the mod who marked your flag wanted you to mark Programmers. Could someone mark his flag as 'disputed'? (Note, I too just voted to ship it to Programmers). – M. Tibbits Jul 28 '11 at 16:00
@Popular - naughty, naughty. It's a shopping recommendation, therefore off topic. – ChrisF Jul 28 '11 at 16:03
@IAbstract: "If you're not 100% sure where it belongs, simply mark it off-topic." is what I was previously told here in meta on a similar matter. Since I was not 100% sure, I simply followed previous moderator advice. – Sparky Jul 28 '11 at 16:03
@Popular: why wouldn't we migrate questions to appropriate sites ...regardless of said site's 'born on date' versus question's "born on date"? – IAbstract Jul 28 '11 at 16:03
@IAbstract, I think it's a silly policy, but that's what the majority of people seem to want. There are loads of Meta questions on the topic. – Pops Jul 28 '11 at 16:04
It's just been closed as "off-topic" but my off-topic flag is still "invalid"? – Sparky Jul 28 '11 at 16:12
@Chris, my mistake, I figured it was kinda borderline and chose the wrong way because it was Programmers and not another site. I haven't used Programmers much since the Great Strictification, or whatever it was called when they reined in the more ridiculous posts. I'll go to Programmers' /review page now as penance.... – Pops Jul 28 '11 at 16:16
It's not a shopping recommendation, it's a software recommendation. There's a huge difference. – Lance Roberts Jul 28 '11 at 16:29
Don't worry about it, Sparky672. It was off-topic, you flagged it as such, you did the right thing. I have no idea why your flag was marked invalid, and clearly the consensus here agrees with you. Look at flags in aggregate, don't worry about specific cases until a pattern develops. With a flag weight of 616, I'd say it's clear you're doing things correctly. – McCannot Jul 28 '11 at 16:45
Just remind yourself that flag weight isn't about getting a high score, and it's not really even about marking things that don't belong. It's about notifying the moderators of stuff in ways they find helpful. – McCannot Jul 28 '11 at 17:01
up vote 3 down vote accepted

I can't imagine how it's not off-topic. I also don't think it clearly belongs in any other particular place, either. It's not really even programming-related and is more of a poll or request for suggestions than something with interesting depth. Also, it's ancient, so there's little point to migrating it.

Closing as off-topic without migration strikes me as perfectly reasonable here.

Edit: Ah, I love the new 4-out-of-5 rule. Thanks to whoever else voted just "off topic". :]

share|improve this answer

Answering to why the flag has been rejected as invalid, but the question still closed as off-topic, I will say that who marked the flag as invalid are not the users who voted to close the question.
10k users can see some of the flags that were before seen just from the moderators; to be precise, they can see those flags that don't use a custom reason. It could also mean that who saw the flag decided it was not worth closing an old question, when there are more recent questions that would need to be closed.

share|improve this answer

The question is nearly three years old. It just got bumped because of a recent answer. There was no Programmers back then.

share|improve this answer
It's not suitable for Programmers anyway. I might be OK for Super User but reads like a shopping recommendation to me. Anyway it's not going to Programmers now. – ChrisF Jul 28 '11 at 16:02

That is the community at work for you. I would imagine that it is acceptable because it is programming related. Now that StackExchange is a family of sites rather than a trio, we should be quicker to point out a relevant site to which it should be migrated rather than simply noting that a question is off-topic ...IMHO.

share|improve this answer
Sigh, I was scolded for doing that once. "If you're not 100% sure where it belongs, simply mark it off-topic" is what I was previously told here in meta. – Sparky Jul 28 '11 at 15:58
Marking it off-topic is too generic now and implies that the question has no home ... – IAbstract Jul 28 '11 at 16:00
@IAbstract: Not really. Just "off-topic" is the correct choice if it belongs on a site with no migration path from its current location. – McCannot Jul 28 '11 at 16:05
See third paragraph in answer posted by @Shog9 here only a few weeks ago. "For future reference, if you don't know where a question belongs, but feel it's off-topic... then just flag it as off-topic." – Sparky Jul 28 '11 at 16:08
@McCannot: Of course, in that case, you should also be flagging for mod attention. – mmyers Jul 28 '11 at 16:08
@mmyers: Right. It should still be closed as off-topic on SO, though. I don't see value to leaving questions like that sitting open until a mod has time to deal with it. – McCannot Jul 28 '11 at 16:11

It belongs on Programmers, they explictly state they're all about whiteboard questions.

share|improve this answer
I agree ...I would have expected to see this migrated. And it should still be migrated. – IAbstract Jul 28 '11 at 15:56
It does not belong on Programmers. It's a shopping recommendation. – ChrisF Jul 28 '11 at 16:03
@ChrisF, no it's a software recommendation, on SU it would get the software-rec tag. – Lance Roberts Jul 28 '11 at 16:17
@Lance Yeah, that's still off-topic. – user149432 Jul 28 '11 at 18:06

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .