It is possible to migrate a question from one Stack Exchange site to another by closing, but if I have a question that I think is on-topic for multiple Stack Exchange sites, is it OK to post it on both (multipost)?

For example, I have a question that's earned me the tumbleweed badge on SO and I'm not sure what the best thing to do with it is. It's about a web server so it might be answerable on Server Fault but it's really more of a programming thing, hence the posting the question on Stack Overflow.

Is there any way to make the question visible on multiple sites (crosspost) and then accept the answer wherever it came from?

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As a general rule: No.

Ask the question on the site you think is most applicable. Each site is focused on a specific topic area and it's important to respect the community. Reading a sample of well-received questions can give you an idea of what's on topic. Look over the site's /help/on-topic guidance before asking, if you still aren't sure.

If your question does not get a useful answer, consider editing the question based on comments and other feedback. If that doesn't help, you can always set a bounty on your question, which will give it much better exposure. This will also mean you have a better chance at getting a good answer.

Occasionally, people are interested in different perspectives on the same fundamental question. There are many Stack Exchange sites with overlapping topic spaces, and it can be useful to get a "second opinion". Even then, however, it's best to tailor your question to each site. Ideally, you should link to the question on the other site and explain what you hope to learn from asking another community.

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    But what about writing the same question in 2 different languages? Eg. Post in Portuguese SO and International SO. Commented Jul 12, 2017 at 18:27
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    What is the correct way to handle identical posts across SE/SO sites? Flag a mod?
    – ashleedawg
    Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 8:05
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    what about questions about interdisciplinary topics? I have a question about differential geometry and quantum computation, and I see no reason why the question couldn't be asked in both the math and physics site. Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 13:51
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    @JonEricson, This wording was recently edited to be more wishy-washy. I want to register my disappointment at those edits. For instance, the first line used to be "NO"; now it has been caveated with "as a general rule". Also the last paragraph leaves the impression that it's allowed to cross-post the identical same post to multiple sites and that tailoring your post to each site is better but not required.
    – D.W.
    Commented Apr 13, 2019 at 19:12
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    I don't think that's good policy for us to set. I imagine many people may look at that and say "well, if it's allowed, I'm going to do it; I'd like to get more attention to my posts" -- and I don't think that's good for the Stack Exchange community. I think instead that the bare minimum should be that if you are going to post to multiple sites, you must tailor each copy to that site (copy-pasting the same question on multiple sites without changes is never ok), and that you must cross-link between them (even if you're not posting simultaneously).
    – D.W.
    Commented Apr 13, 2019 at 19:12
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    @D.W. "copy-pasting the same question on multiple sites without changes is never ok". I strongly disagree. Sometimes it's fine. Sometimes the question cannot be tailored because the site scopes overlap too much. Allowing cross posting (an auto-linking between cross-posts) seems much better all around. I'm tired of seeing cross-posts with tiny cosmetic changes just to get around this "rule". They're the same question, we just forced the OP to waste time with silly minor changes so that they won't be accused of cross posting.
    – terdon
    Commented Apr 15, 2019 at 9:59
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    The views from this question has made a law that one cannot post same question in two different sites, although the question may have two different perspective. Is the site encouraging satisfaction of knowledgeable people or increase knowledge of humanity?
    – Creator
    Commented Apr 19, 2019 at 19:25
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    I think StackExchange should implement actual cross posting (instead of multi posting). This would be similar to tags but for whole sites themselves. Then you could mark a question as belong to both Math and Physics communities without actually duplicating it. I get this might be dangerous in terms of spam since newbies would likely tag every site they can think of but I think that could be counterbalanced by implementing a rep requirement to use that ability. The req could be extremely high rep on one of the sites or reasonably high on each site. Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 14:26

Allowing cross-posting is a slippery slope.

If you might have slightly better odds of getting an answer by posting it on two sites, well, by gum, why not maximize your odds by posting it on twenty sites!

There are some questions which fall into grey areas between sites, and I think it's OK to ask and delete, then re-ask if you feel you have asked on the wrong site.

If you cross-post a question, make sure the question is tailored to each audience on the different sites and is materially different in each case.

It is also considered good practice to post a link to the other question on the other site, so everyone can see what portion has already been answered and let you know if you've violated the sites no cross-posting policy; which is present on most of the site's per child metas.

But as a general rule, do not cross-post questions, please. Pick a site and go with it.

Just to be 100% clear, copy-pasting a question across sites with no changes is considered abusive behavior.

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    While I can imagine the same question to be on-topic on the math site and the physics site, I don't think the same question could then be on-topic also e.g. on the bicycles site, the cooking site and the photography site. So I consider the slippery-slope argument invalid.
    – celtschk
    Commented Sep 23, 2012 at 14:23
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    It's a slippery slope if not managed by the community well, but the same goes for the Q&A's themselves. It's no reason to rule it out. If it's implemented and managed well, cross-posting could make a great feature for the network and increase cross-site collaboration. See my comment above: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/64068/… Commented Oct 5, 2012 at 8:06
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    Slippery slope is a manipulation method. It is slippery slope to allow users to specify 5 labels (tags) in their posts. Why not 25? Think about it. Manipulation is what you use here. There is nothing slippery for a thing to belong to 25 categories at once. What you do here is trying to justify your magic numbers not as arbitrary rule but as something deeply grounded and suitable for all cases. No, it is not a best fit for all cases. The more categories you create, the less probable that particular case will belong to only one of them.
    – Val
    Commented Jun 9, 2013 at 12:02
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    @val if we allowed 25 tags, there would be 2 decent tags on a question and 23 noise tags. The net result would be a polluted and useless tag system. Without constraints, people make bad choices. See: George Lucas and Star Wars Episodes 5+. Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 17:32
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    @JeffAtwood Nevertheless, you slippery slope when allow multiple labels per post. I can agree that you can order categories in terms of their appropriateness and get a decaying curve. If decay is fast, a couple of first categories cover most of the area under the curve. But, if distrubution is almost uniform, as it happens when you do not know where to relate the subject, you'll need to pick much more best candidates to cover the field with good probability. The point is that when you have many categories to choose from, making a good coverage will need including more categories.
    – Val
    Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 18:51
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    "why not maximize your odds by posting it on twenty sites!" Because no question would be on-topic at 20 SE sites. No need to delete a question if you didn't receive an answer on one site though, since it will move you closer towards a question ban and there is still a chance someone may answer in the future. Commented Dec 9, 2016 at 17:24
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    I'm not sure you're advice is the best advice. I guess doing it is some situations is better than nothing. According to meta.stackexchange.com/questions/86997/…, deleting questions that are less than 30 days old can actually count against you. I think it's better to write a comment suggesting that it can be moved to another website.
    – Timothy
    Commented Jun 8, 2019 at 18:20

Very occasionally you may want to ask substantially identical questions on two sites, to reach different communities.

This is the exception rather than the rule. The question you ask has to be on-topic on both sites.

Again, if it's your question and you want it moved on second thoughts, flag a moderator and request a migration.

If you really think your question belongs on both sites, it probably doesn't.

If you really really think your question belongs on both sites, link the questions to each other. (If it's not your own question on one site, you might just leave a comment.) This way, people won't waste their time duplicating an answer already written on the other site, and people who find the question later can read both sets of answers.

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    this can be OK, so long as the question is tailored to each audience on the different sites and is materially different in each case. Just to be 100% clear, copy-pasting a question across sites with no changes is considered abusive behavor. Commented Jan 15, 2011 at 3:51
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    User uses Unix community to ask why he should not type passwords into the command line, unix.stackexchange.com/questions/78734/…. I wonder why not in the security and what need to be tailored for the security? It is a purely security question and security aspect of the Unix. It is a specific aspect of the specific system. Why should one tailor anything? What needs to be tailored when you ask about complexity theory in signal processing? Should I ask about z-transform in comp.sci, control theory, dsp or math, which covers them all?
    – Val
    Commented Jun 9, 2013 at 11:46
  • @Val: The user wishes to know how the information will leak; all of the answers are highly specific to how Unix leaks the information. If the user had asked on security, the answer might have been, "because the information might leak." However, the user already knows that; they wanted to know how it would leak. In this case, security is an inferior place to ask that question; only Unix experts know the answer, but security experts often don't.
    – Brian
    Commented Dec 27, 2013 at 13:59
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    @Brain You have just convinced us that one label/tag is enough for a question. It is not. I am not convinced. Ok? Even if I provided a wrong example (which I think I was not because command line and strong passwords in user files is not something specific to specific OS, ok?), you should argue the general case.
    – Val
    Commented Dec 27, 2013 at 14:12
  • I think I managed to make this advice work for me, though the original wasn't my question, and the transition was a little rough for other reasons, to say the least...Thanks for helping to make it possible! Good answers from distinct perspectives on each version. Commented Feb 7, 2014 at 19:13
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    Note about the example: If you are looking for an application, then the question is probably only on-topic at Software Recommendations. Commented May 10, 2016 at 1:45
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    @NicolasRaoul No, this is not true. Stack Overflow and Super User are allergic to software recommendations, but many other sites aren't. Commented May 10, 2016 at 11:11
  • Is it still considered abusive behavior to copy-paste a question w/o changes if it's suggested by the first community? gis.stackexchange.com/questions/450826/…
    – pir
    Commented Jan 30, 2023 at 19:30
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    @pir In this case it looks like you should request a migration, since the question seems more suited to OD than GIS. But I wouldn't consider it abusive as long as 1. the question is equally relevant to both sites and 2. you make sure each question contains a link to the other. Commented Jan 30, 2023 at 21:48

One problem is the wide disparity in attention levels at different sites. Is 39 moves the longest a chess game can go moving only pawns? was posted to Math. I think it is a much better fit for Puzzling, but the activity level at Puzzling is so much lower. Cross-posting would help in cases like this.

The proliferation of sites (particularly betas) makes this disparity a frequently recurrent issue and puts the growing Stack Exchange network somewhat at odds with a strict policy against cross-posting, especially in the long run as topic overlap increases.

Some wiggle room could help release a lot of this tension. Consider supporting related feature requests (see the comments for many more) and encouraging conscientious cross-posting practices (see @Gilles' answer here and Shog9's here) rather than simple discouragement. If done right, it could help build nascent communities and collaboration among them. To connote more positivity to the productive practice with an alternate buzzword, one could think of it as cross-pollination.


This should help those of you who, like me, couldn't understand why cross-posting is discouraged, when one's intentions are good (an interest in getting the expert opinion of two diverse communities regarding a question that is on topic for both).

I've discussed the no-cross-post debates over the months and I never could understand what was wrong with posting an identical question on two sites when it was perfect for both sites as-is. A question that I thought was fair to cross-post was:

  • Valuable to both communities
  • Worded perfectly for both communities without any change or "tailoring" needed
  • with the intent of getting two diverse kinds of answers on the question
  • not just to get an answer faster

This belief was confirmed by answers like this:

In the edge case where the question is appropriate on more than one site, leave it on both sites and let the users of each community benefit from the information.


Here's the real underlying problem: The SE Network was not designed for duplicate questions across sites. That's the issue to which there's really only one simple solution: don't post identical questions.

Because the SE Network is designed to work as a unified tool, combining questions from all sites, identical posts are oddballs.

With the way the Stack Exchange network features questions from different sites, if we didn't discourage cross posting (even when the question is very much on topic in both places), we would see duplicate questions featured on the front page, which would look a bit weird.

The whole "It's ok if you tailor your question to fit each site" idea, which is now quoted/referenced in all related meta discussions, originally came from Jeff Atwood himself (see his answer), and that solves the duplicate issue. Other than that, there's really no issue with duplicate questions, as long as they're good questions totally on topic for both sites.

Some questions can be perfectly on topic for two sites with identical wording, but the network was simply not designed to handle duplicate posts. Change the wording and tailor the title, even if it's already good for both sites - just make it different (This argument assumes that the question is truly good for both sites) and it's ok.

To anyone who says duplicate questions a bad in all cases, that's simply wrong! When questions are cross-posted with the right reasons in mind, in the right situations, there's nothing wrong with them, except the issue that I mentioned (the SE network's unified functionality).

So when you discourage users from cross-posting when the question fits well on two sites, explain this to them. It's not that the "tailoring to each site" is always necessary, it's just that duplicates don't work well in a network where questions from all sites are featured on the same page.

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    FINALLY! An answer that makes sense. (Okay, I'm a bit slow to find this.) SE should be thought of as a "team" of distributed sites where a submission to one is really, eventually, a submission to all. As a former DBA, I get it now. Wish this answer got more love. I think it would greatly reduce the amount of cross-posting by folks (like me) that don't understand why it is both unnecessary and disruptive to maintaining a high quality database of information. Thank You @CuriousProgrammer ! Commented Feb 20, 2016 at 5:27
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    The first part of the answer has solid grounds on arguments aiming at "being useful for the community". Then it comes an argument - almost litany - with little orientation towards being useful. This looks to me, in short, as "The essence of two questions posted in different SE sites can be exactly the same, but they have to be differently worded to be admissible". That, for me, is like encouraging make-up on the wording so they do not look awkward... appearances above meaning. For me, this should be frowned upon. Commented Sep 25, 2018 at 7:56
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    This answer starts out really promising: "The SE Network was not designed for duplicate questions across sites" sounds like the key; but then it never explains what that statement is actually supposed to mean! Does Stack have a software limitation that prevents exact dupes? Is the "knowledge repository" of all Stacks supposed to be combined? If that's the case, why do we have overlapping site scopes? This answer does little more than state what is, just like the answers it faults in its opening line. Disappointed, adds little to the conversation.
    – zcoop98
    Commented Jun 8, 2021 at 13:57

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