Should https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/319117/how-to-generate-random-negative-biginteger-in-java/319119#319119 be migrated to stackoverflow?

It shows a clear goal and a failed attempt at a solution. While I don't feel it's on topic here it seems a good fit for stackoverflow.

It has been closed as a debugging question. If there is a reason not to move it to stackoverflow I'd like to know what it is.

Also wondering if I should have done more than point out that it was a stackoverflow style question in the comments. Do we flag questions in need of migration?

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In this case I probably wouldn't have migrated because it's not a particularly good question.

Users with more than 3,000 reputation can vote to migrate (close -> off topic -> belongs on another site -> Stack Overflow). If a majority flag to migrate it gets migrated unless:

  1. The OP is question blocked on Stack Overflow. Not even a moderator can migrate in these circumstances.
  2. The OP hasn't used any tags that also exist on Stack Overflow. A moderator can migrate in these circumstances.

Users with less than 3,000 reputation can flag to migrate (flag -> off topic -> belongs on another site -> Stack Overflow). This puts the question onto the close review queue for 3,000+ rep users to handle.

  • 1) Are you saying this OP is blocked or is that just hypothetical? 2) What are "flags that also exist on Stack Overflow?" 3) If I had flagged this question that way would you have considered it helpful even if you didn't think it was migration worthy? May 21, 2016 at 17:32
  • @CandiedOrange - 1 - hypothetical. 2 - I meant "tags". 3 - If you flagged it by the route I suggested I wouldn't necessarily have seen the flag.
    – ChrisF Mod
    May 21, 2016 at 17:38
  • 2 stackoverflow doesn't have a java tag? 3 if you had: helpful or not helpful? May 21, 2016 at 17:42
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    @CandiedOrange - Yes SO has a "java" tag, I was just adding that for completeness. I probably would have marked it helpful - but please, please, please don't get hung up on getting all your flags marked helpful.
    – ChrisF Mod
    May 21, 2016 at 17:45
  • I have been entirely hung up on having them marked helpful. I had no idea it was acceptable to be noisy with flagging. Should I flag it now then? May 21, 2016 at 17:48
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    @CandiedOrange - "noisy" isn't what we;re going for here. "Getting a few wrong" is probably closer to the mark. and no don't flag it now. It's closed & done.
    – ChrisF Mod
    May 21, 2016 at 17:50

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