The new close system puts questions [on hold] for a period of time (maybe a week?). I think this is generally a good thing. However, there are times when it would be nicer if there were no waiting period. For example, sometimes a user will ask a question on stats.SE about the use of statistical software that is really a coding question rather than a statistical question. I will ask them about this issue in a comment, and they will respond 'Oh, that makes sense, migrate my question to SO please'. At this point, I will vote to close and other votes will often come in within a day or two. Then, the OP needs to wait, though. I always ask that they not cross-post, per SE policy, but if I were the OP, and I needed an answer fast, I would be tempted to cross-post rather than wait a week for my question to ultimately arrive on SO. It seems like the old system didn't have this issue. Is it possible to speed up migration under the new system?
As part of the close reason changes the inital set of off topic reasons were rather, generic. They also had the property of being confusing for people casting close votes thinking they were migration paths rather than off topic close. For example, from Programmers.SE:
- Questions about specific programming problems encountered while writing code are off-topic, but can be asked on Stack Overflow.
- Questions about the use of general computer hardware or software are off-topic, but can be asked on Super User.
- Questions seeking career advice or help with office politics are off-topic here unless they're specific to the programming profession. If people in other professions face similar problems, ask about it on The Workplace Stack Exchange.
- This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network
- Other (add a comment explaining what is wrong)
One of the interesting graphs that Shog9 presented in an answer for P.SE showed this confusion of migration targets and off topic reasons:
The purple line was questions that were migrated while the pale blue line on the left was the one that was essentially "this belongs on Stack Overflow" off topic close. You can see the first two data points in this chart shows much lower than the normal migration rate.
The appropriate thing to do is to raise the issue of the off custom off topic reasons with the moderators on your site to customize them from the initial batch. This should give you less confusion about how to migrate and also provide you with, well, better close reasons that are applicable to your StackExchange.