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.


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...… ;-) –  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:… –  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
(+1) I like it. –  devinb Jul 29 '09 at 12:17
+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
This suggestion ought to be reconsidered. –  Ether May 27 '10 at 21:22
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. 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]

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
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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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