I originally posted Getting a custom programming enviroment back after reboot on Server Fault as an unregistered user. It was almost immediately migrated to Super User for some unexplained reason, setting off a cascade of issues.
- The question was a real question from a real system administrator regarding a real laptop used as a development environment at a real workplace. Yet it was moved from the "site for system administrators and desktop support professionals" to the site for "computer enthusiasts and power users" pretty quickly without discussion or explanation. Since the original question page was deleted, there seems to be no way to find out the original justification or my original mistake, so I'm likely to repeat the same error again.
- As an unregistered user, I immediately lost control of the question. Someone helpfully suggested a way to recover from this but 1) it didn't work, and 2) I had trust issues with already with OpenID due to my past experience with a buggy client. That's why I was posting as unregistered (that and I was still trying to get a "feel" for the site and culture).
- I lost the ability to refine the question. I could crudely do this by posting "answers", which then required the effort and time of someone else to convert them to comments.
- I lost the ability to reward the people who spent time and effort trying to answer my question.
There's no question at all that sometimes questions do need to be migrated, though I'm sure this instance was an error. Is there a way to mitigate the suck when we do so?