In response to this question, I think we need to make it more obvious when a post has been migrated.

Here's an idea:

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Just ignore the part where balpha cleared this one up.

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    All your post are belong to some other site.
    – squillman
    Aug 19, 2010 at 14:20
  • Why limit to only the question asker? Anyone new to SOFU might bump into migrated questions.
    – Arjan
    Sep 12, 2010 at 16:16
  • Meanwhile, for question owners, the topbar message has been implemented. Still then, I'd like the link to be more obvious (and maybe even be moved upwards).
    – Arjan
    Dec 28, 2010 at 8:29

5 Answers 5


Since December 2010, users will see a header message with the migration details, linking to both the original question and its new place. Like "Your question ... was migrated to ...":

Migration notification on top of the screen


I recommend the following design instead:


(Note: The siren should be animated in the actual implementation, preferably with a background sound loop of a ringing bell and the "eee-ooo-eee-ooo" type alarm).

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    I find your lack of freehand disturbing.
    – squillman
    Aug 19, 2010 at 15:18
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    Woah, you have a steady hand! Aug 19, 2010 at 15:19
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    +1 for the siren. I assume it would flash, right?
    – user27414
    Aug 19, 2010 at 15:26
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    @squillman: Normally I would use freehand, but this isn't a bug report, it's supposed to represent how it would actually appear to users.
    – Aarobot
    Aug 19, 2010 at 15:32
  • @Jon: Yes, it should flash, and the little light rays emanating from it should blink on and off.
    – Aarobot
    Aug 19, 2010 at 15:33
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    The hand should be flipping you off.
    – squillman
    Aug 19, 2010 at 15:46
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    @squillman: Now what kind of a way is that to treat someone who just wants to know why all his post are closed? Certainly if all my post are closed and hand flip off, I am are very upset.
    – Aarobot
    Aug 19, 2010 at 16:49
  • Just spreadin' the cheer :)
    – squillman
    Aug 19, 2010 at 17:37
  • is that... clip art?
    – Andy E
    Sep 9, 2010 at 9:12
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    @squillman, the hand is towards the bottom right of that mockup. It is clearly free of any interference; not attached to any arms or anything. It's even got its own personal forcefield (highlighted in red for your convenience)!
    – Pops
    Sep 9, 2010 at 13:32
  • @Andy: It's Google image search, which may or may not be clip art.
    – Aarobot
    Sep 9, 2010 at 14:16

This question has been migrated to this Meta Stack Overflow question by Welbog, Double Welbog and Mega Welbog ♦♦♦ Sep 31 at 23:41

This question is a discussion of this website or community itself and is a better fit for Meta Stack Overflow.


I suggest making the link itself simply more obvious:

migrated to: shorturl of question

  • Nice idea, but I wonder how much of the problem is people not realizing the link goes to their post and how much is them not seeing/bothering to look for the word "migrated" in the gray box in the first place. (+1)
    – Pops
    Sep 9, 2010 at 13:34
  • @Pop: hm, maybe "has been migrated and is now here:" Sep 10, 2010 at 7:36

I'm not sure what you mean with the link thing, since there is a link directly to the question on the other site. But I agree that having a notification (and maybe also and activity on the recent page) might clear things up.

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    I think Jon is suggesting that the site name isn't obviously a link
    – ChrisF Mod
    Aug 19, 2010 at 14:31
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    I think Jon meant the link text, that's now “meta.stackoverflow.com” and doesn't give a clue that it's a link to the new location of the question. Aug 19, 2010 at 14:33
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    I think I meant that the link that... oh, nevermind :)
    – user27414
    Aug 19, 2010 at 14:35
  • @Chris: To me, blue text is obviously a link, but where will it lead? Aug 19, 2010 at 14:38
  • @Marcel - it's obvious to me too, but clearly not to everyone.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Aug 19, 2010 at 14:38
  • @Marcel - I think it only marginally looks link-ish, and, like you said, it's unclear that it goes to your question (in fact, wouldn't you think it just goes to the main meta site?)
    – user27414
    Aug 19, 2010 at 14:39
  • @Jon B: I find it intuitive... "Your question was migrated to: Now click this link here to go there". Though, I can see what you mean. Aug 19, 2010 at 15:18

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