When a question is closed on StackOverflow as "belongs on ServerFault" and thus automatically moved to ServerFault, it retains the 'belongs-on-serverfault' tag.

It would make sense to either remove this tag automatically, or if you wanted to leave some indication that the question had been moved, remove it and add 'moved-from-stackoverflow' (or superuser, etc).

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you're not going deep enough: these tags should not exist, period.

If you want something moved

  • vote for it to be closed as "move to {x}"
  • flag it for moderator attention

do NOT tag it "belongs-on-x".

(exception for superuser temporarily until we get that part of the code done)

edit: complete, we now auto-remove any [belongs-on-x] tags when a question is migrated from site to site.

  • I think it's worthwhile to have some indication that a question is community wiki because it has been moved, vs. someone specifically set it that way.
    – crb
    Commented Jul 10, 2009 at 13:47
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    There are a lot of people who have 500 rep (for retagging) but not 3000 rep (for vote to close).
    – crb
    Commented Jul 11, 2009 at 0:29
  • Why don't you ban/remove/block the tags then?
    – user146787
    Commented Sep 7, 2009 at 15:13
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    As much as I agree with you that the tags shouldn't be needed, it is nice to have a "flag" that everyone can see (until it gets moved) that that sort of question really belongs somewhere else. While it won't stop idiots from posting wherever they happen to be, it will stop the people who aren't sure if it really belongs on x or y.
    – AnonJr
    Commented Sep 7, 2009 at 18:05
  • Exception can now be edited, since this part for SU is done.
    – Gnoupi
    Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 9:04
  • Do they get removed from the original site too?
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 11:07
  • @Jeff, I just found an example on SO where a question just got migrated to SU, but the belongs-on tag didn't get stripped, I saw it right after the migration. stackoverflow.com/questions/2401803/windows-hotkey-assistance Commented Mar 10, 2010 at 0:36

I think this is a good idea, since a "belongs-onserverfault" tag on Serverfault is akin to the "programming" tag on Stackoverflow. Entire pointless and should just be inferred.


Is it worthwile to have a "moved-from-stackoverflow" tag?

  • Usually you can tell, because someone has probably put a comment on it saying it should be moved to ServerFault. Commented Jul 10, 2009 at 17:03

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