Would it be possible/good idea to move this question to programmers.stackexchange.com ? It's got a 7 delete requests instead of the move option.

  • "This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers." - WHO DIDN'T WANT IT!! >:@ – bobobobo Feb 15 '11 at 14:22

As per Anna Lear I'm reopening and migrating.

  • Will - you could have linked to either the actual question or indeed this question rather than just an image of the question so Anna could see all the discussion. – ChrisF Feb 15 '11 at 14:13
  • @ChrisF the problem is that only 10k users could see the question on SO, so I took a snapshot so she could review the question. If there is an issue with the answers, they can be deleted. What gets a question closed/deleted is the question itself. The only other alternative would be to reopen the question on SO and wait for the * to hit the fan while she checked it out, and I didn't know if she'd get my message any time soon. I'm also expecting to be whisked away to my own meeting hell soon, and so didn't know when I would be able to follow up. – Won't Feb 15 '11 at 14:15
  • Point taken - but a link to this question where there was some discussion would have been polite. – ChrisF Feb 15 '11 at 14:15
  • @Chris I'll snick over to PSE and add this link to the comments of the question. – Won't Feb 15 '11 at 14:17
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    Thank you for saving this beached whale – bobobobo Feb 15 '11 at 14:22
  • How does it work with users that aren't already registered on programmers.stackexchange.com showing answers? – Chris S Feb 15 '11 at 15:18
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    @ChrisS they get the ghost. That is, they get the account-does-not-exist treatment. When they associate their account I believe that they'll get wired to their answer automatically. – Won't Feb 15 '11 at 16:19


It's an old question. There's no benefit in moving it. It's been asked, answered and one of the answers has been accepted. There's nothing to be gained for the question by having it moved.

It's already closed - just flag it for moderator attention (assuming they don't read this question) for one of them to delete lock perhaps.


The question has now been migrated - so I'll live with that.

  • But why delete (instead of migrate) something that has that kind of interesting input? – Pëkka Feb 15 '11 at 13:01
  • @Pekka - it's been closed for nearly a year - hence my desire for it not to be migrated. Actually I'm not that bothered whether it gets deleted or not - I was just after a way for it not to get moved. – ChrisF Feb 15 '11 at 13:03
  • @ChrisF I see. I don't really understand why though, why not migrate if it has a future somewhere else? Or are you speaking as a programmers.SE user and mod saying that programmers doesn't want it? That I could understand. – Pëkka Feb 15 '11 at 13:06
  • @Pekka - I am speaking as a Programmers' user and mod - but I'd argue the same with any old question. I just don't see the value in moving old questions to a new site. – ChrisF Feb 15 '11 at 13:08
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    @ChrisF fair enough, I'm sure that view comes from a lot of experience. It's just that I have seen some cases recently where something was asked on P.SE that had already been (massively and well) answered on SO proper. That leaves a sort of quasi-duplicate situation that I don't think is optimal. On the other hand, for the specific cases I have in mind, the SO question had not been closed... Or can active SO questions be requested to be migrated to programmers.SE as a policy? I didn't follow the start of that site very closely. – Pëkka Feb 15 '11 at 13:12
  • @Pekka - there is a migration route from SO to Programmers' so new/open questions can be moved by 5 3K+ users. – ChrisF Feb 15 '11 at 13:29
  • Oh, you are here now... no wonder I didn't have any more tag wiki edits to approve ;) – juan Feb 15 '11 at 13:30

Yeah, even if it gets closed there too, it's still a better place for it :)


In the future, it'd probably be a good idea to refer to the P.SE FAQ when posting these requests... There's a fair bit of resistance to migrated questions in general among some P.SE users, as they do not wish to be seen as a "dumping ground" for aging SO refuse (although I'm afraid there's a bit of NIH involved as well). So don't expect the benefit of the doubt - describe why the question belongs on P.SE... and perhaps even why it might not. Pay close attention to how it fits within the scope of the site, and whether it follows the 6 subjective guidelines. Example:

How do software projects go over budget and under-deliver? - FAQ compliance

  • Question is on-topic for Software engineering.
  • Does inspire answers attempting to explain why/how.
  • Does inspire longer answers.
  • Does not have a particularly constructive, fair, or impartial tone.
  • Does invite sharing experiences.
  • Does not insist that opinion be backed up with facts/references.
  • Is more than just mindless social fun.

Summary: Question fits within the scope of the site, meets 4 of the 6 subjective guidelines, and is not wanted on SO.

  • I can't find the part of the FAQ that tells me what to do with move requests/migration – Chris S Feb 15 '11 at 15:16
  • @Chris: normally, you'd just flag for moderator attention (in cases where you couldn't vote to close). In this case, I'd say you did the right thing - it looks to have been a somewhat controversial question, so the extra discussion helps. – Shog9 Feb 15 '11 at 15:30

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