Questions may be historically locked when they have a high view count but are off-topic for a given community.

In a situation where a historically locked question would fit better in a different Stack Exchange community, can we ask for a migration? Or is it best to never move any historically locked question, for SEO reasons?

(a tiny example could be The Skyline Problem‍​​ which may fit better on Code Golf instead of Stack Overflow. But this Meta question is general, so answers/comments shouldn't focus on this specific question)

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    Moderators can't migrate any questions that are older than 60 days. – curiousdannii Oct 27 '18 at 8:42
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    ... but CMs and developers could. – Glorfindel Oct 27 '18 at 8:53
  • They should be moved much more easily – endolith Oct 27 '18 at 13:12

Questions can be migrated no longer than 60 days after they are posted, so these historical questions can't be migrated, regardless of their special lock state - they are just too old.

There is a caveat, though - Stack Exchange employees may migrate questions that are older than 60 days, but this is only done in very rare cases, but usually not by request.

See this FAQ question for additional details.

  • Following the chart from the link, I read "Does question already have good answers?" → "Yes" → "Exercise extreme caution. Don't vote to migrate unless it's at risk of deletion as is.". So basically, historically locked posts aren't meant to be migrated ever. – Cœur Oct 27 '18 at 12:30
  • @Cœur my understanding was that SE employees can technically migrate these posts, but almost certainly won't. – Mureinik Oct 27 '18 at 13:52

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