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I've seen a question on a site I don't have an account on. The question was very interesting and it's also on-topic on this other site, where I am an active user on.

The question is on-topic on both sites.

Is it OK for me to post the same question (possibly with linking to the original) on the site I'm active on?

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Go ahead. If you're gonna copy it verbatim, you should reference the original. If there's anything you can do to make it a better "fit" for the new site, you should do that as well.

Cross-posting is discouraged when it's someone spamming multiple sites without bothering to identify the appropriate audience or tailor the question for each site, but if you have a question that hasn't been well-answered on one site - whether that's another SE site or something external - re-asking it in a more appropriate venue is perfectly fine.

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Thanks, I kinda guessed but wanted to be sure. – Madara Uchiha Feb 14 '13 at 13:09

Yes, of course. The two main problems with (bad) cross-posting are:

  1. Not enough time between the two questions.
  2. Not respecting the needs of the different audiences.

Which means that for point one, you're OK. If you posted a question on a site without receiving an answer after one or two weeks (or any reasonable feedback) then it's OK to post. Linking would be useful, of course.

For the second point, I suggest a rewording in order to keep the question core points but make it so that the question properly addresses the new site, so that it fits the site scope.

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