Run external program instead of builtin

It appears all 5 voters suggested Super User, yet the question was not migrated, but put "on hold".

What gives?


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The votes it received are not votes to migrate. They are simple off-topic votes. The dialog is the following:

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The users have chosen the first option, which simply puts the question on hold and includes the message you noticed.

The option at the bottom leads to the migration dialog. That would have lead to actual migration should all users have chosen to migrate the question to Super User.

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    So 5 people voted for Super User, and instead of migrating it gets closed... and that makes sense how?!
    – Zombo
    Jul 3, 2013 at 10:22
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    No @steven, 5 people voted to close it as off-topic for the reasons stated. SU might be a suggestion to look into, but the users might not necessarily have been fully confident it would be a good fit there either.
    – Bart
    Jul 3, 2013 at 10:23
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    You could flag it for mod attention and ask for migration. I don't know SU well enough to say it would be accepted.
    – Bart
    Jul 3, 2013 at 10:24
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    It's also possible that people intend to migrate it, but don't know that the first option is not for migration. Jul 3, 2013 at 10:32
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    @doubleDown Yes, maybe they meant to migrate. Perhaps the heading off topic is not the best label to describe that set of reasons.
    – AndrewC
    Jul 3, 2013 at 12:48
  • This just happened to me, and I assumed my close reason was a request to migrate. At the least, it should be up to the user (and entirely consistent with the on-hold reason) to choose to self-migrate at this point. Jul 21, 2013 at 18:40
  • A user can always request migration @NicholasRiley.
    – Bart
    Jul 21, 2013 at 18:41
  • Thanks — this is not clear from the explanation you get on the site that the asker can choose to do anything other than reword his/her question. I still think the way this action is worded is incredibly confusing. Jul 21, 2013 at 18:42
  • Keep in mind though that this might be rejected @NicholasRiley. If a mod request migration to a site, it might well be rejected by the target site if it's not a good fit. So no guarantees.
    – Bart
    Jul 21, 2013 at 18:43
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    Sure, or marked as a dup, whatever; at least the question would make some progress and its asker wouldn't feel abandoned. Jul 21, 2013 at 18:44

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