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More options when flagging for migration

At the moment, when you vote to close a question when it's off-topic, you can only vote to move it to one of these sites:


But sometimes the question is really a good one, but it would fit some other Stack Exchange site. And new users rarely know the difference.
For example:


Anyway, I think giving the whole range of Stack Exchange sites in the off-topic option will help reduce the load on Stack Overflow and direct people to right sites.

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  • Yeah, let's make the list searchable. – Ry- Mar 4 '12 at 18:00
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    You can always suggest another site for migration through a general "this requires moderator attention" message. – Bart Mar 4 '12 at 18:04
  • Just flag and say "Belongs on SU.SE" or "belongs on Judiasm". A giant list is too intimidating. – Ben Brocka Mar 4 '12 at 18:11
  • I'm sure that the that users that have enough points to vote to close would know a bit of the other sites. And if you're voting to migrate, i'm sure you have a site in mind. – Yochai Timmer Mar 4 '12 at 18:15
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    Heck no! There are well over 220 pages worth of users with close voting abilities just on Stack Overflow alone. That equates to more than 7920 (220*9*4) users to potentially get it wrong. The majority of those users don't really know if it belongs on another site, they only think it belongs there because of the title. It takes at least 3 people to get it wrong, most of the time the first person influences the others to make the same wrong choice. If any of them participated here, they'd know not to migrate crap! – Jeff Mercado Mar 4 '12 at 18:38
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    Yes, good idea. I always want to move the bike-shed questions to bicycles.stackexchange.com – Henk Holterman Mar 4 '12 at 23:33

If you feel a closed question has a better home elsewhere, please flag it for moderation attention and ask for it to be migrated. It's unrealistic to expect SOpedians to be familiar with every site's scope and decide whether it would fit there.

From the current migration targets, Programmers is the site which overlaps mostly in expertise with Stack Overflow. However 1 out of 3 questions that got migrated from Stack Overflow to Programmers got closed, and a very large number of the ones that remained open are of very low quality.

If anything, please remove Programmers from the list of migration targets.

  • I'm sure that the SOpedians, as you call them, that have enough points to vote to close would know a bit of the other sites. And if you're voting to migrate, i'm sure you have a site in mind. – Yochai Timmer Mar 4 '12 at 18:11
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    @YochaiTimmer And I'm pretty sure they don't. Again, 34% of questions migrated from SO to P.SE are rejected, and P.SE is about the same topics as SO, just from a different perspective. How can you realistically expect software developers to understand the scope of sites like Cognitive Sciences or Bicycles if a large number of them seems to fail to understand (or bother to) the scope of a site dedicated to software development? – yannis Mar 4 '12 at 18:20

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