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Feature-Request / Idea:

Sometimes a question seems to fall in between two sites. An example might be php email questions, could be the code or could be the php.ini which often ends up being a sysadmin. So my idea is that there could be a check box to show it on another site as well. It would be grayed out on the other site and only visible to people with high rep, and they could approve it, and then everyone would be able to see it on the other site as well. Maybe they could add answers, or maybe it would just be visible and people could go to the other site to add the answers.

So for example, if the question was posted on stackoverflow, there could be a 'show on serverfault' check box. Which server-fault moderators / high rep users could vote to be shown there as well. These could also maybe be community-wiki so simplify the rep question.

One downside I can think of is that maybe this might create more confusion about what to put what where worse, and maybe that would outweigh any benefits.

Maybe it has been thought of, but just thought I would share the idea...

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Question types need to be restricted to one site. It becomes way too confusing to follow if different answers to the same question are present all over the place. It would be more useful to define what questions belong where -- and place them in that location consistently, rather than having a dizzying web of interconnections that only Sherlock Holmes could trace.

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May be answers made on one site could appear in both sites... I had your same reaction when reading the feature-request, but it actually makes some sense. –  perbert Aug 7 '09 at 18:00
    
Watson could do it too, give him more credit... –  Kyle Brandt Aug 7 '09 at 18:00
    
Make answers made on one site appear on both other sites would be very confusing. What we need is in my opinion easier navigation to the answers. Suggested the details there: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/10641/… –  Ludwig Weinzierl Aug 7 '09 at 18:32
    
Once this gets 10 votes, I will accept that answer as 'No, this is a bad idea' :-) –  Kyle Brandt Aug 7 '09 at 18:34

I worry that people might get into the habit of clicking off all three (four?) sites under the SO umbrella. It's not a terrible idea, by any stretch, but I'm not a fan.

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Well, use 'radio' boxes so only one can be checked, or whatever they are called. –  Kyle Brandt Aug 7 '09 at 19:14

Ian pretty much summed everything I wanted to say other than "Holy Crap WTF"

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A lot of folks carry accounts on more than one site. I suspect that you audience---in your hypothetical this would be webadmins who know php and programmers who know how to configure web scripting engines---will mostly have a presence on both sites.

So take you best guess for which to post it on and don't worry too much about it, no?

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