We have already working association mechanism between Stack Oveflow in Russian and Stack Overlow in English.

Something like this

Text translation: This question has answers on StackOverflow in Russian. [Link to associated question].

More about this.

My suggestion: I suggest to extend the same mechanism to all Stack Exchange sites.

If very similar (nearly the same) questions were asked on different Stack Exchange sites (that have some topic intersection) we can show link under associated questions This question has answers on [StackExchange site of associated question]. [Link to associated question]..

This will increase visiting of other Stack Exchange sites and knowledge transfer.


Nice examples of questions are also listed in question. BTW my suggestion is duplicated in one of answers.

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    Wouldn't usually the question be off-topic on the site it was asked? What benefit does this have besides encouraging bad behavior? Commented Jun 11, 2017 at 11:37
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    @PatrickHofman Not always. Questions about bash shells scripts are on topic on a least 4 different sites ... Commented Jun 11, 2017 at 11:58
  • Not sure how useful it would be to the english speaking crowd. As a third party app, it makes a ton of sense, but russian/portugese/japanese -> english makes sense more than vice versa. Commented Jun 11, 2017 at 12:42
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    @PatrickHofman no, there are many sites which are overlapping with other sites. Commented Jun 11, 2017 at 13:11
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    @JourneymanGeek We have many English sites which have a lot of overlapping topics. And when we have very similar questions on different site we facilitate knowledge transfer and popularity of other sites. Commented Jun 11, 2017 at 14:02
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    I kind of like this, actually, as a compromise between the current system and the oft-requested cross-site dupe ability.
    – Jason C
    Commented Jun 11, 2017 at 14:05
  • @PatrickHofman There's tons of overlap, you see cross-site stuff all the time that's appropriate in many places.
    – Jason C
    Commented Jun 11, 2017 at 14:05
  • @JourneymanGeek If you need examples here is comment. Besides this I can remember enSO and dba, enSO and GameDev and so on. Commented Jun 11, 2017 at 14:06
  • An even subtler alternative to this could be some sort of "related questions on other sites" sidebar list, perhaps with an automatic algorithm.
    – Jason C
    Commented Jun 11, 2017 at 14:06
  • @JasonC Theoretically related questions can be made cross-site and associated question functionality would be for cross-site duplicates. Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 11:27
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    speaking of overlap @PatrickHofman official position known to me was as follows: "getting rid of the overlap is probably the wrong direction to be going... The topics overlap; accept it and mark the natural boundaries."
    – gnat
    Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 11:28
  • I'd actually prefer the ability to close as dupe of a question on another site. That would be much more helpful.
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 15:49
  • @RoryAlsop It's sometimes legal to have the same questions on multiple sites. And if a question will be closed as duplicate it might be unclear what site is more appropriate. But if we won't close them and show associations users will benefit from both communities. Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 17:32
  • I just asked a question on Arqade.SE about baseball video game emulation, which I think is quite relevant to Sports.SE, so I could see this being used for that. I had a similar question on Movies.SE that someone else appropriately x-posted to Arqade.SE as it had to do with games and the film Pixels; it also could have benefited from this.
    – JoshDM
    Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 17:46
  • It's always legal, but that doesn't stop being able to close as dupe on another site being useful.
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 19:17


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