A question that is off topic and needs to be migrated still needs to be migrated even when there is a bounty on it.

Currently, if you attempt to migrate a question from the flag queue, if the question has a bounty on it, you must

  1. open the question in a new tab
  2. clear the bounty
  3. migrate the question
  4. close the tab
  5. remove the flag from the queue or ignore it

I have never encountered a situation where I saw that an off-topic question shouldn't be migrated for the sole reason that it has a bounty on it.

If a moderator attempts to migrate a question, any bounties on that question should be automatically removed.

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    I firmly agree that a bounty is not a good reason to keep an off topic or bad question around. Closing a question, period, should automatically remove and refund a bounty if done by a moderator. Since we have the ability to do it in several steps, it makes sense to be able to do it in one.
    – user50049
    Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 14:11
  • My new plan: Ask a question, bounty it. If I don't get any good answers with 12 hours to go on the bounty, edit it to be off-topic and self-flag requesting migration Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 14:50
  • sure .. I follow ... but how common is this?
    – waffles
    Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 3:44

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We want this to be a manual step, so that a bounty isn't in any way overlooked when closing. This is a conscious decision in the workflow, and a rare one to encounter.

Note we don't completely prohibit migrating a question with a bounty, but by making it a 2 step process, we make it a clear decision by the moderator.

  • Perhaps you can take a look at this? stackoverflow.com/questions/7928534/… I've flagged this question as off-topic. In my opinion, though, the question should simply be closed (at least while the bounty is in progress), or, if feasible, the bounty should remain even after it's migrated.
    – Peter O.
    Commented Nov 4, 2011 at 15:22
  • I remove the bounty for this fippery! Since when does a bounty make, for example, an off-topic question on-topic? The clear decision to migrate has already been made. Its the same decision we make every single time we migrate an off-topic question! The idea that because there is a bounty on a question, then our decision to migrate may be wrong is just nonsense. Any fool can place a bounty on their own question. This situation reminds me of people who place "PLEASE DO NOT MIGRATE THIS" at the top of their posts because SO gets more traffic. Why not force us to edit before migration?
    – user1228
    Commented Nov 4, 2011 at 15:53

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