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My Stack Overflow account is becoming difficult to use, since I cannot move my questions effectively to Server Fault and, in the future, Super User.

I would like to move about a hundred of my questions to Server Fault, and another hundred to Super User. However, the movement of questions does not work effectively at the moment.

I get a red box for each movement of a question. One hundred movements would mean one hundred red boxes. This would make using SO even harder.

An example of red box which you get when you move your question to SF

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The box shows zero answers, which I consider irritating, since the question contains answers.

In short, please add better question organization tools Stack Overflow, Server Fault and Super User.

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Can you please clarify your post? I cleaned up some of the grammar a bit, but I still don't know what you mean in the third sentence about red boxes. – Kyle Cronin Jun 29 '09 at 19:01
@Kyle: Thank you for correcting typos! --- I added a picture. – Masi Jun 29 '09 at 20:17
good lord Masi why did you ask so many non-programming questions on SO? – Jeff Atwood Jul 1 '09 at 6:32
@Jeff: My first questions revealed bugs, for example, in OS/X and Screen. An example is Scattered Window in OS/X's Screen. Without asking these questions, my questions would never have evolved to challenging programming problems. Nobody has yet for instance solved OS/X's Screen problem, although I have given bounties of about 1000 rep about the topic. --- This is the main reason why I would like to have the 4th SO for difficult bugs/problems in programming. – Masi Jul 1 '09 at 14:32
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When a question is moved to serverfault, you can delete the "empty" question on stackoverflow...

That said, keeping the question around could be of benefit to other users - if someone searches for (using your example image) "ssh macbook" and the moved question shows up, they can a) find the answer b) know such questions belong on serverfault (before they ask something similar)

It's a bit of a pain having closed questions in your profile, but the moving process zeros the upvotes, so it should be pretty far down your list of questions (and if you have more than 10 questions, it will be on the =>second page)

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@dbr: Good point! --- Your answer raised an idea: let people see SO differently. If I want to close my question and move it to SF, I do not want to see the question again at SO. --- I would not mind if other people can see my question at SO. – Masi Jun 29 '09 at 22:41

Question migration stubs are auto-deleted after a month now.

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OK, I think I understand what you're saying. When you move a question to a sister site (say, from StackOverflow to ServerFault) it leaves behind the question so you know what happened to it. However, it removes all the answers on that question when it's moved, leading to the "red box" that corresponds to having zero answers.

Since your question and answers are intact on the sister site, you can just delete the 'original' question if you don't want those "red boxes" cluttering up your profile.

As an aside, how are you able to move your questions over? When I try to close my own questions, I get a message saying that 4 other votes are required.

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@Kyle: Please, read my comment at Rich's answer. --- In short, I need other people's votes too. However, that is frustrating since people do not want to close my questions although I have asked for that. --- Furthermore, it is a pain to close, wait a week perhaps and... then perhaps delete the questions. --- As a result, it is much easier to use many SO accounts than to use just one. --- I disagree with the idea that being active in SO should give you a punishment. --- I do not care in getting a high rep for one user. --- I care only about coding. – Masi Jun 29 '09 at 20:34
OK, so you just want to be able to move your own questions. I can sympathize. But I don't really understand what you mean by using many SO accounts, nor how you're punished for being active. – Kyle Cronin Jun 29 '09 at 20:46
@Kyle: I organize my data by using many SO accounts: for instance, one for algorithms, one for beginningAlgorihtms and so on. --- This helps me to keep data in order at my end too. --- The punishment is the time wasted in organizing own information. In other words, this kind of closing/waiting/searhing&deleting procedure acts as a punishment for me in being active. – Masi Jun 29 '09 at 22:34
@ I would love to have a feature which shows questions differently to me and to others users. --- If I close my own questions at SO or move it to SF, I never want to see that question again at SO. I would be ok, if other people can see my question at SO. – Masi Jun 29 '09 at 22:37

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