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I think it's a safe assumption to make that, if a question is going to be migrated to a sister site, the question asker will require an account on that site.

I recommend that the migration process create that account for the user, and save them the extra clicks.

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That's not a valid assumption, really.

The user probably cares about that one question, but that they asked something off topic on site A does not imply that they'll be regular users of site B. Auto-creating an account for them would just give the false impression that they're active on site B.

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But (if at all doable) it would make it easier for the question asker to accept an answer and comment (having 1 rep at that other site), and avoid confusion about how to reclaim ownership on the question? (As I've always been a registered user, I still don't know what unregistered users can do themselves to regain ownership. Like: is How can one link/merge/combine/associate two accounts/users? (Anonymous/unregistered/cookie or OpenID/registered) still required for cookie-based users after migration?) –  Arjan Mar 25 '11 at 2:34
The claim that users which create accounts are regulars on a site is patently false - you can check for yourself the number of users with below 50 rep on each site. The claim that my assumption is false assumption can trivially be verified objectively from your logs - check which percent of users whose questions are migrated, also create an account on the sister site. Arjan's claim also stands - migration, I presume, is going to be confusing for most users; having to log in to a separate site to reclaim the question is probably a big obstacle to retaining ownership, or even checkin the answer. –  blueberryfields Mar 25 '11 at 23:59

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