Most of arguments defending the flood of bad questions on Programmers.SE is about the incapacity of SO members to handling properly the migration. See Please stop using Programmers.SE as your toilet bowl.

So, who deserves the rights to use migration path?

Is it good now? PSE members disagree.

Raise granting to 30k users?

Just mods?

Drop it for all?

Apply a test to measure the capacity of the member to use this tool? (just kidding)

"With great power comes great responsibility"

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    How many of "those PSE members" are also on SO regularly in both places that are complaining?
    – jcolebrand
    Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 20:04
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    The people who are migrating the old, popular questions are moderators. Altering migration privileges based on rep is not going to fix that.
    – user102937
    Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 20:22
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    Still want to see hard numbers on this "flood of bad questions". Bigown, if you visit programmers.stackexchange.com/tools/recently-imported I think you should be able to get a quick count of the migrated questions...
    – Shog9
    Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 20:24
  • @Rob: you're not a 10K user on P.SE (nor am I, or I'd just post the number myself)
    – Shog9
    Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 20:25
  • @Shog9: Ouch... I had all those privileges until the site came out of beta.
    – user102937
    Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 20:26
  • @Rob: yeah... Now that we could actually use them...
    – Shog9
    Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 20:27
  • @Shog9: It's not a lot of questions. The "flood" stopped when we began posting objections here, so apparently the moderators are cogitating about it.
    – user102937
    Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 20:27
  • @Rob: that's what I suspected. Given the angst, I was expecting to see SO users going hog-wild for the new option, but it's tiny in comparison to SU, SF... even Meta migrations.
    – Shog9
    Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 20:29
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    @Shog9: migration started effectively this week. Except for last 24 or 36 hours, we get many bad questions. And isn't close to 0.1% of SO will migrate to us. "Recently imported" doesn't list closed questions and I personally close a lot of them in a short period.
    – Maniero
    Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 21:24
  • @bigown: without data to the contrary, I'm leaning toward Robert's theory that the bulk of the migrations were performed by SO moderators, probably in response to the previous discussions here on Meta - if that's the case, then changing the system for normal users is pointless, and your time would be better spent crafting a good argument in that thread for which questions should and should not be moved.
    – Shog9
    Commented Dec 29, 2010 at 23:40
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    @Shog9: the most problematic questions have been made to community. But our discussion has decreased or maybe ceased the mistaken migration from mods.
    – Maniero
    Commented Dec 30, 2010 at 2:29
  • @bigown: I don't understand the first sentence. The second may be true, but again, nothing you suggest (seriously) here would have made one bit of difference in that. And I would still appreciate some idea of the magnitude of this "flood"...
    – Shog9
    Commented Dec 30, 2010 at 16:28

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The SO community should be educated into closing these questions in the first place, instead of migrating them, but that doesn't require changing the way it currently works.

Anyway, as they can be closed, I'm not sure it's not so much of a big deal. That is, unless the PSE has very low traffic, in which case that could be overwhelming (but then, is this SE worth keeping?)

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