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Why wasn’t this question, closed as “Belongs on SuperUser”, migrated to SU?

Check out this question. It was closed as "Belongs on superuser.com," but not migrated. I was hence able to edit it to remove the [belongs-on-*] tags which had been applied.

Under what conditions would a question which is closed as belonging to a sister site not get migrated?

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marked as duplicate by mmyers, John Rudy, fretje, jmfsg, random Mar 10 '10 at 23:14

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Yah, the link just links to superuser. Odd... –  Troggy Nov 23 '09 at 23:13
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AFAIK, that happens when the "belongs on" option gets the most votes of any option, but not a majority of the votes. This has been asked here before, looking for it now... –  Shog9 Nov 23 '09 at 23:38
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ah right - so it wasn't a majority. Makes sense. –  Marc Gravell Nov 23 '09 at 23:42
    
@Shog9: Did you find the dupe? (I couldn't when I tried; but if this is a dupe I'd like to get it closed as such.) –  John Rudy Nov 24 '09 at 12:52
    
I couldn't find anything. Donno what I was thinking of, but either it didn't happen, or the title was something way off what I remember. –  Shog9 Nov 25 '09 at 0:52
    
Here's another I just ran across: stackoverflow.com/questions/1985413/…. I was going to ask this myself until this question popped up in the auto-search. –  mmyers Mar 9 '10 at 20:18
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And hey, look what else showed up in the auto-search: Shog9's duplicate, asked by Shog9 himself: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/9857/…. –  mmyers Mar 9 '10 at 20:22
    
@mmyers: Thanks for the link; voted to close as dupe. –  John Rudy Mar 9 '10 at 23:44
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up vote 3 down vote accepted

If you notice the close reason states "closed" rather than "migrated" - which might have some bearing on the problem.

Marc's answer to this question sheds some light:

the consensus site of any "migrate" votes is chosen as the target; if there is no consensus, it is simply closed without migrate

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With the edit, you get the accept. (Need to get my percentage up anyway. :) ) –  John Rudy Nov 28 '09 at 6:47
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And we're back to the problem that many of us just don't know what's considered appropriate on other sites. I'm primarily a SO guy, and I have to decide, given an off-topic question, whether it would belong on SF, SU, or neither. I'd be happier about it if somebody from one of those communities needed to be involved on a migration.

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In your scenario, vote to close as not-programming-related. Always valid in that case! –  John Rudy Mar 10 '10 at 15:18
    
@user0x36E0: Sure, that's what I do. Which means that I may be shutting down a question that would do just fine on SF or SU, since I'm less familiar with those sites. I don't think there is a really good answer here. –  David Thornley Mar 10 '10 at 21:26
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