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Using [migrated] makes more sense, as the question isn't actually "closed" per se, as it still exists somewhere in the Trilogy. When I see [closed] I just mentally ignore it and move on, but there's no reason to ignore migrated questions... just follow them through to their proper site.

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E: Running into this again (I think it's the same case), going to try and get this some attention. Here's another case where this matters:

Guess what happens when I click this presumably valid link in my profile? Anyone?

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Well I do get redirected to Programmers.SE, where I guess the question was moved to, but what's this? Oh, a useless 404 >:(

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The fact that questions can disappear like this but leave "working" links is really really really annoying.

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This sounds familiar... meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6982/… ;-) –  Kyle Cronin Jul 29 '09 at 5:37
    
Oh, and just so you know, a variant of this (see link above) has been declined, but maybe this proposal would work instead. –  Kyle Cronin Jul 29 '09 at 5:38
    
This is where I initially proposed it: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6975/… –  Kyle Cronin Jul 29 '09 at 5:42
    
Not surprised that it's been suggested, but I did look before I posted –  Factor Mystic Jul 29 '09 at 6:02
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(+1) I like it. –  devinb Jul 29 '09 at 12:17
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+1, though I think it should be [woooosh] in lieu of [migrated]. –  Eric Jul 29 '09 at 18:46
    
+1 found the post when I was about to propose the same thing. –  Ludwig Weinzierl Aug 6 '09 at 11:56
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This suggestion ought to be reconsidered. –  Ether May 27 '10 at 21:22
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Now that '[closed]' questions lead you to the migrated question, I think it is even more important than before to tag the question as '[migrated]'. –  Jonathan Leffler Jan 9 '11 at 17:14

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There are two different things we want to say to the users.

  1. You will find the answers not here but elsewhere -> migrated to...
  2. You can't edit this question -> [closed]

In my opinion point 1 is much more important for the casual user than point 2. I'm primarily interested in the answers.

To find the answers I have to scroll down, parse three confusing lines (migrated, locked, closed) and click on the URL of another website (e.g. superuser.com) with no indication that it leads me to the answers. I doubt that new users grok that.


My proposal is to put point 1 in the title and make it a link to the question. For example:

Best IT (non-development) forum [migrated to superuser.com]

If this is too long maybe:

Best IT (non-development) forum [migrated to SU]

Or even:

Best IT (non-development) forum [migrated to ]

Handle point 2 in the footer of the question.

closed and migrated by Espo, SilentGhost, David Dorward, phoenix, sharptooth Jul 24 at 11:29


[closed] is a sign of the bad quality of a question, I don't read closed questions, and I don't care about the close reason. This is not true for migrated questions. Just because a question was posted on the wrong site doesn't say anything about its quality.

Therefore "migrated" shouldn't be another close reason, but handled specially. In other words the [close] is just a side effect of the migration, what's important is the migration.

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Now that we have a lot more migrations across the network, I will look into this.

One tricky bit: it pulls across a field we may or may not have pre-loaded for a Post, namely MigrationDate so it could have some toxic side-effects.

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e.g. this one? –  Tobias Kienzler Apr 11 '11 at 10:31

Is there a link in the closed (migrated) question to the moved question on superuser/ server fault etc?

Or am I just not seeing it?

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The link is the <site name> in "migrated to <site name>", but it could be made more obvious. –  Gnome Mar 17 '10 at 11:10

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