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There are quite a few "off-topic" questions on Stack Overflow that are flagged, stopped, voted down, and so on, which nevertheless have very useful information for me. Some have solved problems for me and I would even want to add a comment or reply.

Is there a graceful way to migrate these threads somewhere else so that they may continue to live, without cluttering up the main Stack Overflow site with "off-topic" questions?

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So like an SO bin? –  simchona Jul 13 '12 at 0:04
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yes, there are places where they can 'continue to live', your PC for example. Or if you prefer, you can put them in another website (giving proper attribution). Remember that "user contributions are licensed under cc-wiki with attribution required" –  ajax333221 Jul 13 '12 at 1:10
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Do you mean new questions or old? I ask because old questions get the historical lock. New questions l ike this are really bad for the site as a whole as described Stack Overflow: Where We Hate Fun –  Some Helpful Commenter Jul 13 '12 at 1:33

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We already have a feature known as migration.

3k users can vote to migrate offtopic posts to a certain subset of all the sites. Diamond moderators can migrate to any site. Just flag the post with a custom flag, saying "migrate to X.stackexchange.com". (List of all sites here)

BUT:

  • This doesn't mean that there is always a site to migrate to. The network clearly doesn't cover all topics, so many questions may just be off topic--no migration needed.
  • If the question is a programming question and off topic on SO (and Programmers), then it is mort probably just off topic. SO+Programmers don't handle all programming questions, it is restricted by the faq. This applies to any destination migration site. Many a time, mods have to discuss with the mods of the destination site before migrating--so a question may not be migrated due to the site scope. For example, this may be on-topic on Gaming, but I highly doubt it.
  • We do not migrate crap. Some questions may be on-topic elsewhere, but if they're not too good they don't get migrated. For example, this may be on topic for secutiry.se--but it is not-constructive, and thus won't be migrated. There are also questions which would be tolerated if asked on the destination site directly, would probably not be migrated if asked elsewhere. Like this one. Maybe on topic for our Unix&Linux site, but not too good.
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We also (generally) don't migrate old stuff –  Ben Brocka Jul 13 '12 at 1:48
    
Also, when in doubt, the Moderators ping the other site's moderators and ask them if they even want the question. Users should not cross post a post to multiple sites. –  George Stocker Jul 13 '12 at 2:43

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