I posted two flags on this question: https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/115179/155556

The 1st one was accepted and the 2nd one was rejected.

Here is my flag requests:really?

declined - if the user cannot work out how to post on the proper site, migration will not make the question any better


We beat down newbies because they don't know any better? Why not just migrate it??

(The user has since reposted his Q: jQuery's .position conflicts with CSS3's transform )

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    I read that flag as: "The question is not a good quality question to begin with; migrating won't make it any better."
    – user102937
    Dec 7, 2011 at 18:23
  • @RobertHarvey but that does not change whether the OP can improve their question elsewhere.
    – Naftali
    Dec 7, 2011 at 18:24
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    The First Commandment of Migration is "Don't Migrate Crap." The user can always repost on the correct site, and hopefully improve the question while he's at it.
    – user102937
    Dec 7, 2011 at 18:25
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    Why should we care if they don't?
    – user1228
    Dec 7, 2011 at 18:43
  • Did anybody else notice that "problem", just became "conflicts"? :s Dec 7, 2011 at 20:24
  • @staticbeast what do you mean?
    – Naftali
    Dec 7, 2011 at 20:29
  • See this answer Dec 7, 2011 at 20:29
  • @MichaelMrozek lol
    – Naftali
    Dec 7, 2011 at 20:31
  • I was referencing this meta question: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/112944/… More particularly that the user's question on meta was ".position jquery problem" and on SO it was ".position jquery conflicts". Dec 8, 2011 at 0:29

2 Answers 2


Yes really.

Meta is a black hole. You come, you read, you lose your mind.

There are two reasons programming questions are posted on Meta:

  1. To get around a ban or any rate limiting in effect.
  2. They have no idea where to find their pants and instead wear their socks on their ears.

In either of these cases, migration only hurts small children and faeries who enjoy a coked up sleuth who plays the fiddle. If you enjoy such molestation, feel free to request migrations for questions that also are subpar pr0blams. Expect to be denied.

You want out of Meta? That's not going to happen unless you do it yourself.

  • Haha. ok. But I have seen question get migrated out of meta before, guess they were better written :-P
    – Naftali
    Dec 7, 2011 at 18:31
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    First rule about Meta: Don't talk about Meta :-P
    – Naftali
    Dec 7, 2011 at 18:33
  • In this case, the reason is #1: A ban on posting questions with "Problem" in the title. Dec 7, 2011 at 20:37
  • Dunno why but your answer really makes me want to ask a programming question here. Something stupid like whats the definition of an operator.
    – Wes
    Dec 7, 2011 at 23:00

Yes, seriously. We don't migrate away from Meta. The majority of cases where programming questions gets asked here are cases where the OP is trying to get around an account ban.

We beat down newbies because they don't know any better?

How is that beating them down? They can just go post it on SO if they aren't banned. I don't see the harm.

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    Ok. but thats not a reason to decline a flag. comment maybe. also why not migrate? that is what the feature is for (assuming the user is not banned)
    – Naftali
    Dec 7, 2011 at 18:23
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    That certainly is a reason to decline a flag. Why didn't you comment if you wanted a response as a comment? Dec 7, 2011 at 18:25
  • Isn't the system supposed to block migrations which would get around bans anyway, making your "majority of cases" moot?
    – Toomai
    Dec 7, 2011 at 18:25
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    @Toomai Only if they have a linked account. Quite often, users just create a new account on meta and ask their question in the hopes of getting it migrated Dec 7, 2011 at 18:26
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    I am not sure what you expect us to do with the flag if not decline it. Dec 7, 2011 at 18:26
  • @yoda i did comment
    – Naftali
    Dec 7, 2011 at 18:26
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    @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA So basically this is yet another declined flag grievance post? Dec 7, 2011 at 18:27
  • @NullUserExceptionอ_อ what is?
    – Naftali
    Dec 7, 2011 at 18:27
  • @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA and you also flagged. You got a response in a comment for your comment and a response via the decline reason for your flag. Dec 7, 2011 at 18:28
  • @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA This question; you are complaining that your flag got declined. Dec 7, 2011 at 18:28
  • @yoda I did not get a response in the comments till i posted this Q
    – Naftali
    Dec 7, 2011 at 18:29
  • @NullUserExceptionอ_อ no im asking why it got declined. keep it declined, i don't care, im just curious as to the why
    – Naftali
    Dec 7, 2011 at 18:30
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    @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA Well, you didn't wait for a response via comments before you flagged either. So what did you expect? Dec 7, 2011 at 18:30

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