Specifically, I need this baby in a month - send me nine women!, is a classic question that all project managers need to see. Would it be possible to migrate it to http://pm.stackexchange.com?

Here is the question for those that cannot see it:

I need this baby in a month - send me nine women! [closed]

Under what circumstances - if any - does adding programmers to a team actually speed development of an already late project?

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    They do have a similar question on PM asking how to resist the addition of new resources to a late project, and when it's acceptable to add them. Adding new team members to a late project – Bill the Lizard Jun 19 '12 at 12:55
  • @BilltheLizard - move and merge? the top answer on the deleted question is actually pretty useful. – tvanfosson Jun 19 '12 at 13:00
  • I'll ask the PM mods if they want it, but at that age and with that many votes from SO I'm doubtful. – Bill the Lizard Jun 19 '12 at 13:03
  • I asked the PM mods and they declined. I'm thinking about writing a blog post on this topic so at least the top answer and one or two others won't be completely deleted from the Internet. – Bill the Lizard Jun 19 '12 at 17:18
  • @BilltheLizard thanks, maybe leave a url here? – tvanfosson Jun 19 '12 at 17:26
  • Sure, no problem. – Bill the Lizard Jun 19 '12 at 17:38
  • I just noticed on Twitter that the OP is annoyed at the question being deleted. I'm sure stealing it for my blog would be a big mistake. I'm trying to work out a better solution. – Bill the Lizard Jun 19 '12 at 23:17
  • @BilltheLizard yeah, that's where this all started. Hopefully this turns out with a happy ending. – tvanfosson Jun 20 '12 at 12:35
  • I ended up just clearing out about half of the answers and locking the question. – Bill the Lizard Jun 20 '12 at 22:01
  • @BilltheLizard awesome, you da man! – tvanfosson Jun 20 '12 at 22:04

Any SO moderator has the ability to migrate questions to any site, whether they should do that in this specific case is a different matter.

I can't see the question in this example (10k-only), but I suspect that it's highly voted on and with a lot of answers from programmers. Posts on a smaller beta site usually have no chance to compete with highly upvoted migrated questions, those migrated posts will stick to the list of highest voted questions for a long while. Other problems are that the answers are probably written from a different perspective by a different audience.

The decision whether to migrate this question lies with the target site, if their moderators think that it would be valuable to them, they can request a migration.

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    Interesting, perhaps for beta sites, the question could be migrated without the attendant votes? – tvanfosson Jun 19 '12 at 12:55
  • Voting is a big problem with migrated questions, but not the only one. I don't think migrating an old question with that many answers would do the target site any good, reposting a variant of it if it would be interesting would be the better alternative, as ChrisF suggested. – Mad Scientist Jun 19 '12 at 13:01

This is an old question that has 45 (yes forty five) answers and a vote count of +190 / -7.

I fail to see what benefit there would be in migrating such a beast to any other site, let alone a beta site. If you really think that the question should be asked on the project management site repost it.

For the benefit of those with less than 10,000 reputation I reproduce the question in all it's glory.

I need this baby in a month - send me nine women!

Under what circumstances - if any - does adding programmers to a team actually speed development of an already late project?

Yes that's it. Better to let sleeping dogs lie I think.

  • I would disagree unless the question already exists there. I did check but not all that closely. From my experience this is a classical project blunder, one that all PMs need not only to be aware of but to be continually reminded why it doesn't work. – tvanfosson Jun 19 '12 at 12:57
  • @tvanfosson - I was specifically referring to migration with my last sentence. – ChrisF Jun 19 '12 at 12:58
  • I understood and, apparently, the question has been asked there but in a different form. It would be nice to resuscitate the accepted answer in the current question though, if possible on the new site in some form. – tvanfosson Jun 19 '12 at 13:01

The question seems rather broad, to be acceptable. Even if it were not too broad, I would consider these points before migrating it. Migration can be done from moderators, but as far as I recall, they don't generally migrate old questions.

  • Do new answers have a chance to appear on top? If there is an answer with a score of (for example) 15, is there any chance any new answers would get a higher score, considering the number of existing answers?
  • Is there any chance the OP would notice the question has been migrated, and choose a different answer as accepted (if there is already one that is accepted)?

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