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I have one proposal for migration rules in "close -> off-topic" functionality.

Currently there are fixed list of stack sites where question can be moved.

Migration to other site is possible only by flagging question and reviewing by moderators.

This is OK and it makes sense.

However, list of sites should be dynamic.

My proposal is, If user who want to migrate question to other stack site already gain some reputation level (eg. 300) on target site (eg unix.stackexchange.com), this site should be in list.

This will guarantee that user has knowledge of target site's problematic.

Another topic is that the current logic allows anyone who can vote to close to migrate a question to a fixed list of sites, even if it not does not fit there, without any review/audit.

Let's review how it works now and how it can works if my proposal will be implemented

Current situation

Anyone who reach vote to close level can vote to move without any knowledge to 5 sites.


Proposal implemented - not enough reputation on any target sites

As you can see, user still may mark question as off-topic, but can not vote to move. Also important thing is link to reputation requirements.

Insufficient Reputation

Proposal implemented - reputation requirements reached on 2 sites

Note: Tim Yi Jiang mentioned that meta should be always there, but if question is technical specific, again, can end up in wrong place.

Enough Reputation

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An interesting suggestion - provided it solves an actual problem. Does anybody have numbers on how many migrations to targets outside the list are made by the mods? –  Pëkka Sep 21 '12 at 7:24
@Pekka: The issue is how many migrations to targets outside the list aren't made by the mods. Often perfectly good (for a target site) questions get closed without migration, because there's no easy option in the dialog box. –  Mechanical snail Sep 21 '12 at 7:31
@Mechanicalsnail I thought mods can migrate anywhere? I can be wrong though. –  Pëkka Sep 21 '12 at 7:35
@Pekka: I mean there's no easy way to tell the mods you think it should be migrated to a particular site. –  Mechanical snail Sep 21 '12 at 7:38
Agree - however, the rep required on the target site should be lower, for example 300. If a user already has 3k rep to close a post, they only need 300 rep to know enough about the scope of the target site to make a good judgement. –  ronalchn Sep 21 '12 at 7:45
@ronalchn Agree, it was just bad proposal, I edited my question. –  rkosegi Sep 21 '12 at 7:46
@ronalchn I'd say the opposite, the rep requirement should be at least 3000. If you can't vote to close/re-open on the target site, you don't get to suggest that a question belongs there... –  Yannis Sep 21 '12 at 8:10
@YannisRizos I'd say "if you can't vote to close/re-open on the target site, you" better pass your suggestion through moderators (as it happens now). Anyone should "have a right" to appeal to mods, including low rep users –  gnat Sep 21 '12 at 11:50
@rkosegi The ultimate answer will be a red tag, and an answer from a Team member. I suggest you keep on improving it (if you deem it necessary of course) until you receive an answer. :) –  Alenanno Sep 22 '12 at 11:05
@rkosegi By the way, don't get discouraged if you don't get an answer in... weeks or months. There are tons of feature requests still currently open and the answer sometimes comes soon, sometimes not. So just wait. :D –  Alenanno Sep 22 '12 at 11:08
Just a note that Meta should always be an option, since on all sites except Stack Overflow your Meta rep is the same as your main site rep. I don't think there's a need to make an exception for SO –  Yi Jiang Sep 22 '12 at 11:34

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We now have the new review system….

So why not capture the subjected migration from all users that can vote to close, but then get it confirmed by users with enough rep on the other side.


  • You can vote to migrate to a target site provided you have at least used the other side.

  • At least n people with more than 3000 rep on the target site must votes for the migration before it is done.

  • Questions that have been voted to be migrated to a given site are shown in the review process to users that have more than 3000 rep on that site.

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3000? Maybe it's just my 'newbie'ishness, but isn't that too much? –  YatharthROCK Oct 19 '12 at 5:37
@YatharthROCK, it may depend on the target site, on same sites over 3000 rep is very common, on others reps tend to be a low lower –  Ian Ringrose Oct 19 '12 at 10:13

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