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In my experience, most moved items wind up with a few downvotes before they're moved, almost always due to it having been posted in the wrong place. These downvotes persist in the new location.

Shouldn't a question start fresh with its votes if it's moved to another Trilogy site?

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Perhaps. It would at least give the question more of a fair chance now that it has been migrated to its (presumed) correct home.

One related side-effect of question migration is that the votes (and comments?) on a post cannot be removed or changed on the new site, even if the user who left those votes/comments has their accounts linked on the new site (a corollary of this is the observed effect that a second vote can be left).

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For the most part, I agree. But perhaps the risk of downvotes also provides an incentive to the poster to post the question in the appropriate site in the first place. Otherwise, a section of people might never bother. This just a thought, I really don't have any proof that this will be the case.

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    I'd venture a guess that 99%+ of moved items come from users who are unfamiliar with the site, let alone the tendency to get downvoted for posting in the wrong site. – ceejayoz Dec 24 '09 at 20:41
  • True. But my point is that this helps in keeping any user who is aware/concerned about downvotes (i.e. all non-newbies) away from this practice. – MAK Dec 24 '09 at 20:50
  • I doubt that non-newbies need to be "kept away from the practice". – TRiG Dec 15 '10 at 19:10

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