I was pretty sad to hear that some sites are being closed. I understand why it's necessary, though.
But, some of the sites have overlap with other, established sited. TheoreticalPhy.SE and Astro.SE have quite a few questions which would be at home on Phy.SE (first example I found, lots more where that came from.)
There must be other overlaps (Lit.SE and Writers?), where a chunk of the questions are fine on either site. I don't know though, not seen those sites.
Could we, as a joint community (of the sites being closed and the overlap sites) get some time to organize a salvage? Maybe you can make the site migration-only or something after closing.
The only argument against keeping them read-only is that there isn't enough activity to curate/moderate the posts.
That argument is invalid for migrated posts, the communities of the receiving sites can handle the posts. Plus, this will preserve the discoverability of a whole bunch of content.
But it will take time and effort. I'm willing to chip in for the effort, but I need you guys to provide the time.
Looks like everyone agrees with the salvage :). I'll just keep this as a centralized location for the links. The "Also this" links link to the meta-post on the source site--but those are mainly announcements devoid of discussion (some comments only). Please use the destination site meta to discuss the salvage.
Astro → Physics.SE — A full migration , except for astrophotography (→photography.SE)
TP.SE → Physics.SE — A full migration, except for quantum computing (→cstheory.SE)
TP.SE → cstheory.SE — Partial migration
Lit.SE → Scifi.SE — Partial migration
Lit.SE → Philosophy.SE — Partial migration
Lit.SE → Writers.SE? — Partial migration
astro.SE → photography.SE Partial migration (only astrophotography)
Feel free to add more if you find 'em :)
Partial migrations are being done by the site members via flagging. If you are a member of the source/destination site (better to be a member of the destination site), then please join in.