I've noticed today that migrated questions now redirect immediately to the target site. Previously, I had enough rep that the original question was still visible on the original site without an automatic redirect. Has this changed?

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    For the record, I preferred the old way. It took me quite a while to figure out how I got from serverfault.com to superuser.com when clicking on this question: serverfault.com/questions/217468/… Dec 30, 2010 at 19:48
  • @Matt, I didn't understand your confusion... until I read your link text. That is a bit startling if you expected to go to server fault.
    – jjnguy
    Dec 30, 2010 at 20:09
  • @@JJnguy exactly :-). Dec 30, 2010 at 20:10
  • Merged questions now redirect also, it seems.
    – mmyers
    Dec 30, 2010 at 20:26
  • This have anything to do with it?
    – Ghost User
    Dec 30, 2010 at 21:14
  • I think Jeff and Jarrod changed this yesterday ... people were confused about where questions were going ... the idea was to simplify
    – waffles
    Dec 30, 2010 at 22:29
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    I think it's far less confusing when the site actually tells you where it's about to send you. Dec 30, 2010 at 23:12

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This is by design -- we feel a migrated question should take you directly to the destination, since otherwise it's just another click to get to the actual question and any answers.

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    Ok. You did originally say you might broaden that in the future. The future is now! Dec 31, 2010 at 4:19
  • Are the original questions also all getting automatically deleted? It seems that way, which makes the ?noredirect=1 link rather useless for <10K users. What is the rationale for this? If I vote to close/migrate a question, I should be able to see what happened to it, not have it completely disappear.
    – nhinkle
    Dec 31, 2010 at 20:27
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    This might make sense when you're coming from a search engine, but if you're just browsing through the site, IMO it's really weird. For example, I'm in serverfault.com, and I click on a question that has been migrated. The sites do not look that different, so unless I'm looking closely, I am fooled into thinking my reputation score has changed (yikes!), the search engine gives me different results, etc. Furthermore, if I see the original question first, with a note that it's been migrated, I learn something about what types of questions are appropriate for SF vs. SU. Jan 4, 2011 at 18:45
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    Maybe a good compromise is to do the re-direct, but then have a banner appear at the top of the page notifying me that I've been re-directed (similar to what's displayed when SE automatically logs me in). Jan 4, 2011 at 18:46
  • @matt that's a really good idea, let me look into that Jan 4, 2011 at 19:22

There's a link on the destination site that sends you back to the closed version of question on the original site. It passes ?noredirect=1 querystring to force not to redirect.

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