There is a number of questions on Programmers that relate to Software Quality Assurance and Testing:

How do I flag-off such topics to be migrated there?

Note: This questions is similar to another question about migrations between stackexchange questions.

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Please note that there is now an official policy against migrating questions older than 60 days to another site:

Disable migration for questions older than 60 days

If the question is off topic for us then it should be closed. However, note that QA questions aren't completely off topic for us, so there's no need to do anything with these.

If a question has no answers (or no upvoted answers) then I would be willing to consider migration, but it would have to be with the agreement of the moderators on QA Stack Exchange.

  • I see. Thank you. I can see no instrument to flag questions for migration consideration to SQA, just to StackOverflow.
    – dzieciou
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 10:27
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    @dzieciou There has to be evidence that such a link would be needed. You can however flag the question for moderator attention and we can migrate (if the target site agrees).
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 10:31
  • Thank you. I believe they would agree :-) SQA Stack Exchange sites are beta and thus fighting for traffic. Isn't migration of questions to SQA perceived here as "stealing" questions, traffic and part of the community?
    – dzieciou
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 10:31
  • @dzieciou - no.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 10:32
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    @dzieciou Many of the sites have overlap with other sites, but the decision about where to ask the question comes down to the potential audience you are looking for answers from. If I have a question about a database schema that would be ontopic at both Programmers and DBA, I might post at Programmers to get a wider audience or answers from a software developer persepctive. If I am looking for more specific expertise or DBA perspective then I might ask on DBA instead. I hope this makes sense.
    – maple_shaft Mod
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 10:56
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    @maple_shaft That makes sense. Testing is activity of both testers and programmers, but they have different perspective, often test on different levels (integration vs. unit), etc. SQA seems more for testers, including those that automate tests.
    – dzieciou
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 11:00
  • @ChrisF - just to note, all three questions are pretty new (last few days) so the 60 day rule wouldn't come into play yet
    – Andrew
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 15:37
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    As a moderator of SQA, obviously I have an interest in seeing it grow. But my first priority is to getting problems people face solved. Migrating for the sake of migration or to bolster SQA would both, in my opinion, be bad. I agree with Chris's perspective of "If there's no quality answers coming in, migrate it." I would take it further and say that experienced users who know that questions of that nature have been migrated, then migrate those too. The sooner a question is in a spot where it gets properly answered, the better. But if it's already in that spot, it doesn't need to move.
    – corsiKa
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 17:46
  • @corsiKa, I agree. Migrating poor questions is like hiding the trashes under the carpet. But how do you know whether the question is in the right spot? The fact it has not get any answer at ProgrammableWeb does not mean it will get one on SQA. On the other side, you may not know whether it will get more attention on SQA until you migrate it there. Each site may have a different visitors.
    – dzieciou
    Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 17:56

As someone who'se been involved on those threads, I'd like to make a couple of comments

  • Firstly, I wasn't even aware of SQA.SE - I'll have to have a look see!
  • I believe there is a general policy of not migrating questions to sites still in Beta
  • Whilst the questions may be MORE on-topic at SQA.SE they are still on-topic at P.SE

ISO/IEC (IEEE) 12207 is a software development lifecycle standard, not just a software quality assurance standard - and because of the overlap between sites, the questions are relevant and on-topic at P.SE as well as SQA.SE (and probably SO.SE)... so migration is not appropriate.

Now, off to nosey around SQA.SE

  • As an aside, I've found NO questions relating to ISO12207 on SQA
    – Andrew
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 16:01

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