Using [migrated] makes more sense, as the question isn't actually "closed" per se, as it still exists somewhere in the Trilogy. When I see [closed] I just mentally ignore it and move on, but there's no reason to ignore migrated questions... just follow them through to their proper site.


E: Running into this again (I think it's the same case), going to try and get this some attention. Here's another case where this matters:

Guess what happens when I click this presumably valid link in my profile? Anyone?

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Well I do get redirected to Programmers.SE, where I guess the question was moved to, but what's this? Oh, a useless 404 >:(

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The fact that questions can disappear like this but leave "working" links is really really really annoying.

  • This sounds familiar... meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6982/… ;-) Jul 29, 2009 at 5:37
  • Oh, and just so you know, a variant of this (see link above) has been declined, but maybe this proposal would work instead. Jul 29, 2009 at 5:38
  • This is where I initially proposed it: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6975/… Jul 29, 2009 at 5:42
  • Not surprised that it's been suggested, but I did look before I posted Jul 29, 2009 at 6:02
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    +1, though I think it should be [woooosh] in lieu of [migrated].
    – Eric
    Jul 29, 2009 at 18:46
  • +1 found the post when I was about to propose the same thing. Aug 6, 2009 at 11:56
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    This suggestion ought to be reconsidered.
    – Ether
    May 27, 2010 at 21:22
  • 3
    Now that '[closed]' questions lead you to the migrated question, I think it is even more important than before to tag the question as '[migrated]'. Jan 9, 2011 at 17:14
  • I don't have enough reputation to upvote yet, but I think [migrate] is a more better tag than [close]. As a new user to the Stack Exchange eco system, you guys and gals geeking out over the architecture of the sites seem overzealous in your defense thereof and I'm not entirely sure why and it's kind of hard to figure things out. Mar 31, 2015 at 18:45

3 Answers 3


There are two different things we want to say to the users.

  1. You will find the answers not here but elsewhere -> migrated to...
  2. You can't edit this question -> [closed]

In my opinion point 1 is much more important for the casual user than point 2. I'm primarily interested in the answers.

To find the answers I have to scroll down, parse three confusing lines (migrated, locked, closed) and click on the URL of another website (e.g. superuser.com) with no indication that it leads me to the answers. I doubt that new users grok that.

My proposal is to put point 1 in the title and make it a link to the question. For example:

Best IT (non-development) forum [migrated to superuser.com]

If this is too long maybe:

Best IT (non-development) forum [migrated to SU]

Or even:

Best IT (non-development) forum [migrated to ]

Handle point 2 in the footer of the question.

closed and migrated by Espo, SilentGhost, David Dorward, phoenix, sharptooth Jul 24 at 11:29

[closed] is a sign of the bad quality of a question, I don't read closed questions, and I don't care about the close reason. This is not true for migrated questions. Just because a question was posted on the wrong site doesn't say anything about its quality.

Therefore "migrated" shouldn't be another close reason, but handled specially. In other words the [close] is just a side effect of the migration, what's important is the migration.


Now that we have a lot more migrations across the network, I will look into this.

One tricky bit: it pulls across a field we may or may not have pre-loaded for a Post, namely MigrationDate so it could have some toxic side-effects.


Is there a link in the closed (migrated) question to the moved question on superuser/ server fault etc?

Or am I just not seeing it?

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    The link is the <site name> in "migrated to <site name>", but it could be made more obvious.
    – Gnome
    Mar 17, 2010 at 11:10

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