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Somewhat related: Improvements to the mod-only migrate tool

Mods have the ability to migrate to any site on the Closing > Off-Topic > Migration page using a text box to select a site. This list contains all sites, including child metas. If you type a site name (like "Programmers" or "Code Review"), you'll end up with two sites (the main and their child meta). For examples, you can see "Programmers" and "Programmers Meta". If you accidentally click "Programmers Meta" and then use your backspace key to remove the word "Meta", then immediately click "Vote to Close", the question will still be migrated to Programmers Meta.

To be explicitly clear: In my specific case, the migration text field said "Code Review" as text. However, because I had previously selected Code Review Meta, that ended up being the target. That is a bug and needs to be resolved.

I know because I just did this, accidentally migrating a question to Code Review Meta instead of Code Review. This is not only not intuitive, but I should be able to type a site name for migration. Otherwise, consider just making this field a combo box instead of an editable combo box, especially if the editing function isn't working right.

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I cannot think of any meaningful reason why the meta site should even be on a list for migration.

Why not just remove them from the migration target list entirely?

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    I agree, but based on the linked question, that has been status-declined. So I'm asking for something that shouldn't be status-declined. This would be preferable, though. – Thomas Owens Mar 18 '16 at 21:20
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    I would consider listing only sites (as opposed to main-meta pairs) and making meta a separate checkbox (unchecked by default, assuming migration defaults to main site). List would become twice shorter and mod would have to explicitly tick checkbox if they intended to migrate to meta – gnat Mar 19 '16 at 17:35
  • +1. For instance, who would migrate from Seasoned Advice.SE to Meta.Arqade.SE or something similar? – OldBunny2800 Mar 21 '16 at 19:49

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