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Wouldn't it be a good idea to be able to vote for questions to be moved to any Stack Exchange site? For example, I just voted this question as off topic, but that was all I could do. I wish I could've voted it be moved to Ask Different.

It's OK to have the predefined list of sites that is now when voting to move, but it would be nice to have a more link, where we could pick any Stack Exchange site.

Here's a quick mockup of how I see this implemented:

moar link

When the more link is clicked, a list of all the Stack Exchange sites should appear.

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Not an exact duplicate, but quite relevant:… – Aleadam Apr 11 '11 at 10:53
@Aleadam yes, that is exactly the kind of problem this would solve. – Felix Apr 11 '11 at 11:16
+1, while this might not be the most desirable implementation, I think the issue bears some looking into. – GnomeSlice Apr 11 '11 at 17:44
up vote 30 down vote accepted

Questions can be moved to any SE site but only by moderators.

I think the best thing to do in this scenario is to flag the question for Moderator attention and mark it as "other". Then add a comment in your flag as to where you think it should be migrated to.

Flag for the Moderator Man!!

Adding even more migration paths to this existing close list would clutter the UI. The idea is to show the most frequent migration paths so the users to can migrate most questions.

Moderators should only need to intervene in exceptional circumstances.

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also leave a comment since there may be reasons to not migrate but really just close as off-topic – Tobias Kienzler Apr 11 '11 at 10:16
I still think being able to vote for a question to be moved to any site should be possible. As I mentioned in my post, I don't expect a full list of all the sites when I click "off topic". But after clicking "off topic" there should be a "more" link that would show all the sites the question can be moved to. – Felix Apr 11 '11 at 10:38
I have updated my question with a screenshot of how I think this should work. – Felix Apr 11 '11 at 10:45
Voting down because it's supporting a counterintuitive worlkflow. – hippietrail Jan 1 '14 at 15:09
If this is the way to go (probably makes sense), this should be prominently stated on the migration screen. – ivan_pozdeev Oct 17 '14 at 5:39

This would be extremely problematic for the following reasons:

  • Unless you are very familiar with the community that will be receiving the question, you should not be migrating it there. Moderators can get in touch with other moderators on the receiving site when in doubt.

  • A question should be of sufficient quality in order to be migrated. I see users who take time to cast their votes and that is fantastic, but very few who edit a question prior to shipping it off.

  • Just because a question is on topic for another site doesn't mean it's off topic for Stack Overflow. There are users who know about the sister site and still prefer to ask their question on SO because SO receives the most traffic. Other times, users aren't interested in joining another site and would prefer to receive reputation points on SO.

  • Questions not in the given paths to migrate should not be migrated unless there is a compelling reason to do so. The end result of a migration is ensuring that a question gets more high quality answers faster than it would otherwise.

Additionally, I see a lot of:

  • Off topic flags indicating Server Fault as the destination where Super User would be a better fit (or vice versa) - The same applies with Webmasters and Programmers.

  • April 1 jokes that got taken seriously and almost shipped to a sister site. Can you imagine the mess if one of those got migrated to a math or physics site? This doesn't fall under 'a lot of', but there were several.

  • Questions already cross posted on several sites that nearly got 'shuffled'.

I think this ability should be kept in the hands of people who learn from migration mistakes so you don't have to :)

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1: yes, but there are still situations where it is completely obvious where a question belongs (see the one linked in my question); also, having it under "more" would suggest it's a secondary solution that should only be used in certain conditions. 2: if the question obviously belongs to another site, I don't see why editing it here or there would matter. 3: see 1; also, I don't think we should let users post any question because they'll receive more rep on SO. 4: this is why we vote for a question to be moved; If enough people vote, it means there is s a compelling reason. – Felix Apr 11 '11 at 12:11
5: see 4; enough votes for a specific site means it most probably belongs there; if the votes are more 50/50, it should be decided by a mod. 6: are you implying that mathematicians don't enjoy humor? :). And finally 7: we get double posts all the time, it would be the same thing basically. Also, it's the same scenario for the current list of "move to"-able sites and, given the fact that they're more popular, the chances of a cross-post are much higher than on other, more recent sites. – Felix Apr 11 '11 at 12:15
In the Ask Different area, a note of reassurance under… (with reference to this answer…) might be welcomed. Thanks. – Graham Perrin Jul 31 '11 at 7:46
Tim, I'm a relative inexperienced reviewer, and given the times this question has been asked, I can only suggest that if migrating is a bad idea (which you convincingly claim), SE should make it more obvious for new reviewers how to handle it. – MacFreek Dec 3 '15 at 23:28

Would like that too. Obviously there are problematic cases. But I think with a bit more rule-o-ritis those can be avoided.

  • Make it a requirement for closevoters to have an account with >101 score on the migration site to allow it as target.
  • Prevent -1 question from being migrated anywhere. (These seldomly should be moved to the major five either.)

The current flagging system doesn't work. Currently moderators are overrun by requests from badge aspirants. So they mostly engage in menial tasks, rather than deciding on complex edge cases.

Last time I flagged a question to be migrated to Wordpress.SE the moderator in question moved it to Webmasters.SE instead (what I wanted to prevent). Both look too similar, didn't make it ***BOLD*** enough. But it's a clear indicator that the textual communication channel is insufficient.

And precisely for such cases an exact checkbox would make sense. (I would prefer a dropdown select box over a "show more" link however.)

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>3k on the destination site sounds more reasonable – random Apr 11 '11 at 15:57
The more, the certainty. Reputation is maybe not the best indicator anyway, maybe 50 consecutive days online or viewed 1000 questions or at least one participation in the site specific meta would ensure more familiarity. (But then it would likely become a NOP feature.) – mario Apr 11 '11 at 16:03
actually, the flagging system works great. more than 95% of flags I see are perfectly valid. What we have is SEVERE QUALITY PROBLEMS largely based on new users who simply don't care and need to be .. stopped. – Jeff Atwood Apr 11 '11 at 19:37

Wouldn't this just overcomplicate the UI for edge-cases where a closure and comment to the author of the question would do?

After all, what's the odds that you'd want to migrate a question from stackoverflow to, for example? Of course, now I've said that, there's bound to be a question somewhere on stackoverflow that would be an ideal candidate...

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"Can I cook using my CPU cooler heatpipes?".. joke aside, you do make a valid point. However, most SE sites are tech-related, and I often feel the need to vote for a question to be moved to a site that is not provided in the default list (Ask Different is just an example, there's also Android Enthusiast, ubuntu, unix/linux, ...) – Felix Apr 11 '11 at 10:45
* snarl * * pointed stare * =) – Rob Apr 11 '11 at 11:47

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