Okay, the title may be a little bit misleading - this is a . I know why it does this, but I can't say I like it.

See, when a post is migrated from a main site to its meta, we still display this canned message on the finished migration:

migrated from <site> <timestamp>
This question came from our site for <site subject>.

This is still the same community. I'm well aware that the sites are technically different (and the subject, too, is technically different between meta and main), but this is simply confusing and pointless.

Somebody posted to meta instead of main, or the other way around - their question got moved to the right section of the community. Now we have a message there, saying it came from a different site. Sure, it technically did, but this isn't an "outside" question, it didn't "come from" some faraway place - and that's exactly what I see in the visual cue of that notice: It's an outside question.

Personally, I'd prefer we'd just do away with all in-community migration notices, but I'd be fine with toning it down to a simple "migrated from <main/meta> <timestamp>" text somewhere instead of the full (pointlessly descriptive) block notice.

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    Can you explain a little bit better what problem this feature request resolves, other than alleviating your own personal discomfort? An actual example would be nice, rather than the Foo<T> scenario you've provided. – user102937 Apr 15 '14 at 18:35
  • @RobertHarvey Well, I mentioned the visual cue it gives. I do sometimes get confused when I see a migrated question, then read up on the box, and notice that it came from the very same community. I don't know if I'm alone on that, but the text is superfluous and implies a much starker difference between the site subjects than there actually is. – user98085 Apr 15 '14 at 18:37
  • (That said, there might be more to the phrasing than I can quite pinpoint. I think the meta->main direction has a more obvious "this is about the other site!" phrasing, which the main->meta direction doesn't have.) – user98085 Apr 15 '14 at 18:41
  • @FEichinger I think Robert is asking you to identify a specific question that was migrated in this manner. – Joe Apr 15 '14 at 21:40
  • @Joe Oh, sure. Pick one. The migration banner is the same format as in all other migration cases, throughout the network. – user98085 Apr 15 '14 at 22:06
  • @Joe Meh, I've added it. As I said, though, this is the standard format like everywhere else. I don't see an example as particularly important, since I've already quoted the format. – user98085 Apr 15 '14 at 22:10
  • An example is important to show people what you're looking at. Not all of us spend a lot of time looking at migrated posts. Also, do you have an example of it working the other way around (meta -> main site)? I can't find any. – Joe Apr 15 '14 at 22:13
  • Wait, are you talking also on per site meta? Stack Overflow and this Meta site are totally different sites at the moment, this is NOT the per-site meta for Stack Overflow. – Shadow9 Apr 15 '14 at 22:17
  • @ShadowWizard I'm well aware of that. And, as I said, this also happens on non-SO sites. – user98085 Apr 15 '14 at 22:17

If it bugs you that much, ask a moderator to purge the migration history on it.

These are rare enough that I don't see the need to special-case them.

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