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When questions have been merged/migrated to another trilogy site, it would be nice if the page still showed that it was migrated, but include a bar or some other indicator that said:

Please wait: Redirecting you to Super User/Server Fault/Stack Overflow/Meta in 3..2..1..

and automatically redirect the user.

This would also benefit users who are in the middle of answering a question. Rather than get a "Page Not Found" when they submit their answer, are brought to a page that shows it was migrated and then are automatically redirected to the appropriate new home of that question

UPDATE (4 years later): Looks like a HTTP 301 would be a good idea.

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I know this is an old question, but anyway...

I think an http 301 redirect page would be good to prevent situations like this one:

I was looking at the question How to add an existing user into a group in Linux? and noticed it was on the wrong Stack Exchange site but it was closed left there instead of being moved because it receives such a good search result.

If the question was moved, would Stack Exchange leave a 301 redirect page behind as suggested by Google for this sort of thing on Moving your site and mentioned on HTTP status codes

A redirect page would tell search engines to move their page score/rank data from the old page to the new one, so that the new page benefits in search results from the old page, instead of starting fresh.

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I would't want that. If the question belongs on another site (i.e. off topic) that might be enough reason for me to lose interest in it. Now I'm sent to another site I may or may not be a member of.

Besides, I might have other business on the site I was on. It's easy enough to click on a link to get to the migrated question.

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+1 Completely agree –  squillman Jan 7 '10 at 17:35
    
Not if it was migrated while you were answering –  staticx Jan 7 '10 at 17:43
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What about simply changing the migrated-stub to

This question has been migrated to: http://meta.stackexchange.com/q/...
by: ...

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