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Add a "don't migrate crap" migration 'path' to all sites

Alternative message suggestion: This question belongs on {hyperlink to other site} but is currently not of sufficient quality to be migrated there. Please read {site name}'s {link site's /help/on-...
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Is an off-topic political message inherently rude or abusive?

The spam and R/A flags have the same mechanical effects on a post, so, in the end, it probably doesn't matter too much which of these two you use from that perspective (and an argument could certainly ...
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Sudden increase in off-topic posts on MSE

To remedy these mishaps for now I went ahead and implemented the suggested banner that can be used as a user script: (function play() { "use strict"; var banner = $('#banner'), ms = ...
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Why do users often ask blatantly off-topic questions here on Meta?

I'd say there are many reasons for this. One reason is that they end up following a link here, not realize that they are on a different site (since the site has the same interface), and then ask ...
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27 votes

New 10K tool: question close statistics

I am aware that this is not necessarily the purpose of this and may not justify the effort, but would it be possible to get a list of questions closed with a specific close reason, in particular the ...
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Sudden increase in off-topic posts on MSE

Update (April 21, 2016) Note - we raised the minimum reputation here on MSE to ask to 2 from 1 (which should be just enough friction to slow this down) for the next few days. Update (April 20, 2016) ...
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Upvoting off-topic questions

I'm split. Maybe the best course of action, given the current context, is to ignore this (and compensate with one's own vote if one feels so inclined). Off-topic questions tend to go away very quickly ...
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What is the cause of the recent increase in blatantly off-topic posts on Meta?

A recent email with our quarterly update just went out to a lot of people, and it contained a couple of links to MSE. Last time this happened we just raised the minimum rep to ask, which wasn't ...
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What happened to "What's your best programming joke?"?

Well, this was deleted for the second time recently so I suppose a proper epitaph is due. The joke question was a fixture of the very, very early days of Stack Overflow, marked by exuberance and ...
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Please give us Meta back!

Even though I shared your opinions in the beginning, and despise the off topic questions littering this precious site, I don't think it's a big problem any more, or at least not one that justifies ...
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Please give us Meta back!

I'm not opposed to having a noticeably different 'ask question' page here on MSE and the rest of the child meta sites. Take a look at the current UI, can you guess what I think is wrong with it? If ...
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People get lost and crash into meta - maybe we need roadblocks for their safety

Let's use a question wizard (already active on Stack Overflow) here on Meta.SE. It would have one question: "Is your question about programming?" We get a few of these per day: Aside from comments ...
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Avoiding misuse of SE/SO for online university tests during COVID-19

Do note that Physics Stack Exchange does allow homework questions per their FAQ - they just expect them to be of sufficient quality and only asking for help on how to solve them. That's very different ...
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18 votes

Is asking for user stories off-topic on meta sites?

If you're asking whether there's a network-wide ruling on this, there is not. I'm aware of a question on Science Fiction and Fantasy asking whether a similar type of questions are off topic: Should ...
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unfairness in stack exchange sites?

the 2 who downvoted, I challenge you to give me a plausible explanation for what has happened, please tell me how this was dealt with fairly. A rookie in stack exchange like me, use other questions as ...
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Should moderators collectively decide before deleting a question as off-topic?

Would it not be better if 4-5 moderators collectively decide when deleting a post ? No, it won't be better. It will be much much worse since it will waste x5 time for the moderators who are busy ...
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MSE should handle questions about a single SE site when they're asking for external input

The problem is that that question is asking how Ask Ubuntu should do something for which there are no hard network-wide rules, i.e. the communities are free to do what they want as long as it obeys ...
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When can someone show gratitude on this site for things a person has done (not necessarily on this site)?

What you linked to: "Thank you, Robert Cartaino" is a thank you to a departing employee. Technically (strictly) speaking thank you comments are against site policy; but many enjoy receiving them all ...
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New 10K tool: question close statistics

I really like the new page, but will there be longer date ranges available? 30 days is useful, but not as useful as if I could easily compare that to longer periods. I know I could query this from ...
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Make "What's on topic for this site?" visible

This seems like a good use of the wasted open space in the left nav bar: Since the left nav bar takes up the space anyway – and is prominent enough – it seems to me the perfect place for this kind of ...
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Why do users often ask blatantly off-topic questions here on Meta?

I can't prove this with any data, but perhaps it is a valid theory: Imagine the following conversation: Bob: I'm having such problems with my bicycle lately. Susan: You know there's a great site ...
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Should/do we discourage edits, by privileged users or not, to off-topic questions that will end up deleted?

Frankly - my opinion is, if people want to waste their time polishing turds and making silk purses from sow ears and other metaphors, they're welcome to. I would suggest that getting trivial edits/...
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Was my meta question valid or not?

Meta sites are there to discuss the main site. The discussion tag is used to handle discussions on questions about the scope of a site, or what kind of behaviour the community thinks is appropriate, ...
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New users should be redirected to the proper site instead of being downvoted

While I can understand it being demotivating if you post on the wrong site, there are pointers for you: Each site has a tour section which gives help and an indication of what is on topic for that ...
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Migrate to another Stack Exchange site without closing

This specifically runs afoul of something that we already require - questions should not be duplicated between the sites without being specifically rewritten with that site in mind. Cross posting is ...
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15 votes
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Are "unofficial" fun or swag questions allowed?

I have a few different answers from a few different perspectives. Let me toss those out first: On Fun We definitely need more of it. We need vents for the steam we generate here. Hard stop. When meta ...
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What REALLY defines on and off topic?

Seems to me that sometimes if people don't know the answer, or don't feel like answering, they decide to close it and pretend it never existed. But that's not what is being said. The off-topic reason ...
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How many people re-post their question in the correct place after accidentally posting it here?

I'm curious as to how many of these "lost souls" realise their mistake, one way or the other Rest assured: 100% of those who come back to check on their question realize that. Because they see their ...
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