When you vote for a question to be moved to another site, the question is closed not with one, not with two, but with three grey boxes, all with a lot of links, all linking to different stuff. That is just too much visual noise:

Whoa, MSPaint really compresses this heavily

To add insult to injury, there are two links to stackoverflow.com, but they link to different URLs: The top one links to the new question, the bottom one links to the main page.

My suggestion:

  • Remove the "Locked by Community" box - for migrated questions, this is unneccessary information.
  • Either remove the third box or change the link to the target site to link to the question
  • Ideally, combine the third and first box so that you only have one grey box in total: "migrated to stackoverflow.com by User1, User2, User3, User4, User5 2 days ago"

Edit: Here is how I think it makes most sense:

PNG, for great justice!

  • Try PNG next time, it compresses okay in Paint compared to JPEG.
    – random
    Aug 24, 2009 at 0:21
  • If the number of colors are low, use PNG. Aug 24, 2009 at 3:46
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    Yeah, I'll either do that or use Paint.net in the future. In the meantime, just imagine that the high compression is fully intentional in order to emphasize the visual noise :P
    – Michael Stum StaffMod
    Aug 24, 2009 at 5:54
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    COME ON STUM! This is images 101, man!! :) codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000464.html Aug 24, 2009 at 8:15
  • MS Paint can do PNG fairly well. Your screenshot is more a reminder of getting some visine.
    – random
    Aug 24, 2009 at 8:16
  • It wouldn't look as bad if not for the default text colour on SU...
    – Treb
    Aug 24, 2009 at 8:35
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    See also: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/11580
    – balpha StaffMod
    Aug 24, 2009 at 9:09
  • How are you compressing these screenshots?
    – random
    Aug 24, 2009 at 13:53
  • Get the screengrab.org plugin for firefox in the future. it makes making screenshots of webpages far too easy.
    – perbert
    Sep 28, 2009 at 13:11
  • Requires Firefox though, which I don't use since they broke it in 3.0.
    – Michael Stum StaffMod
    Sep 28, 2009 at 13:28

2 Answers 2


Agree. I would even go so far as to say that the migrated announcement is the only one necessary, so long as all three (close/lock/migrate) are present in the revision list.


I disagree with Kyle's answer in one aspect: The close vote information should still be visible after the migration. My proposal: having one notice saying

Migrated to stackoverflow.com by UserA, UserB, UserC 2 days ago

  • That's what I support, it's the cleanest way to have all relevant information without duplication and without it being too confusing.
    – Michael Stum StaffMod
    Aug 24, 2009 at 9:00
  • I'm not sure what you mean. My suggestion is to put the names of the migraters in the revision list, which will still be available any time after migration. Aug 24, 2009 at 12:12
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    But you need to look up the revision list in order to see it, I think it should be visible on the question's main page. A user who is new to the site will probably not know how look up the revisions (and new users are the ones most likely to ask questions that belong on one of the other sites).
    – Treb
    Aug 24, 2009 at 12:19

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