As the number exchanges/communities have grown, a lot of overlapping question are spreading across the lines between the communities.
- In the robotics exchange there is a question regarding the math associated with Robotics Arm Positioning. Clearly this is a robotics question; but, it is also a math question that the math community might have insight into.
- In the Electronics Exchange there is a question on Robotics Line Following probably more a robotics question; but, an electronics one too.
- I did see at least one question where the OP tried to solve this by posting the exact same question to two communities (Robotics and Physics). I flagged it and the question appears to only be in the Robotics community now; but, this could have been avoided.
Here is my proposal:
Rather than forcing members and admins to decide the one community a question "best" belong to and transfer them (where the OP might not even belong). Why not instead provide a way to "refer" the question to another group. These questions could be made visible under questions in another tab labeled "Referred". The referred questions would be visible to those communities' members who could then answer if they chose (they may have to join the hosting community to do that - that is up to you).
The same mechanisms that are already in place to support quality questions would already apply. I recommend that the administrators in the referred communities should be allowed to choose the option that fits their community best.
- Don't accept referrals
- Automatically accept and display referrals
- Referrals must be accepted before they are displayed to the community
Tagging for referral could either be added as a new feature (my preference), as an extension of
share or as another option under
At the bottom of every question there is the comment "Know someone who can answer? Share a link to this question via email, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.". Why encourage people to go outside for an answer when another community might have the answer?