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Has SO become the trash dump of Programmers? The specific question certainly isn't... stellar, but you are over-reacting. In fact, of the 258 questions we've migrated to SO (in the last 90 days), only 13% have been rejected. Conversely, the numbers aren't as good the other way around. We've rejected 16% of the questions SO has send us (but you don't see us ...


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Migration for questions older than 60 days is disabled (even for mods). It's not that we don't want to move it, we can't. If you feel it's a good question for the Workplace, you should re-ask it there (but please search for existing duplicates first).


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I am not sure that this is a situation that can be settled authoritatively or not. It is clearly a contreversial subject as it has been closed, reopened, and then closed again by the community. Even after Yannis expressed his opinion on the question and cleared the previous close votes, it still received 5 more votes to close it. As of right now there are ...


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I'm Tim Post, a community manager for Stack Exchange. I'd like to take a few moments to answer this, and explain a bit about migration paths. Migration paths between sites are something that we're very cautious to establish, we put them in place only when we're certain that the conduit will: Help ease confusion for users that ask a question on a site that ...


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Close voters at Programmers would better memorize the criteria for debugging questions to be acceptable for Stack Overflow: Questions seeking debugging help ("why isn't this code working?") must include the desired behavior, a specific problem or error and the shortest code necessary to reproduce it in the question itself. Questions without a clear ...


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Software Recommendations moderator here. We're technically a non-beta site now - which means moderators aren't discouraged from migrating questions to us any more. I would be against adding SR to Programmers' migration target list. Not that I don't trust y'all, but we have some really strict requirements for questions. That said, if you take the time to ...


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I'd like (and have asked for) mods on both sites to chime in, but this isn't looking like a good idea at this point. Stats are pretty clear, 52% of all moderator initiated migrations from PSE to The Workplace (as obtained on The Workplace) have been rejected. That's moderator initiated, which often entails a bit of collaboration and sanity checking with ...


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(special edition for folks coming from Math.SE, reposted from Math meta) Hint: Software Engineering Stack Exchange doesn't do coding help and expect research before asking Sometimes, we at Software Engineering get a stream of troublesome questions from folks with linked accounts at Math.SE. One of them was kind enough to explain why they get there: my ...


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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 ...


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I'm with Tim on this. We haven't had a good record when it's come to migrations to The Workplace and opening it up to more people is only going to make it worse. Part of the problem is that the questions that could be sent really aren't good questions full stop. This is actually a problem with most sites on the network. People see the topic and think "that'...


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I would like to present this chart from Checklist for how to write a good Code Review question first: As you can see, the metaphorical distance in scope between Programmers and Code Review is significant. From a CR regular standpoint, I can say for myself that we do get, on occasion, a question which is off-topic at CR but could be on-topic at Programmers (...


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Migrating to beta sites and sites that are not in our migration target list Showing the full list of sites in the off topic dialog has been asked for a ton of times, and has been declined each time. maybe one that is dependant on reputation, only people who have over 10000 rep can see beta sites or a comment block for where else it should go Well, no, ...


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SQA Stack Exchange is a beta site, which means that there's no guarantee it will stay around, and until the site graduates this is a non issue. We do mention one beta site in our FAQ, The Workplace, but for questions that are extremely off topic on Programmers. If SQA graduates, we'll have to examine whether we want software testing questions on Programmers ...


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There's not much that we can do until The Workplace is in at least Public Beta. Unless they explicitly ask for a question from us, we probably won't be migrating anything until the community on The Workplace has a good definition of what a good question is and a nice description of what is on-topic (and what is off-topic). Until then, I'd be careful about ...


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Given that at least some kinds of testing questions are legitimately of interest to programmers, I think a blanket policy of migrating test questions to SQA would rob the Programmers site of valuable content. That said, it may make sense to migrate to SQA if there are no productive responses on Programmers.


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Flag it for moderator attention - but still vote to close as "off topic". We'll double check with The Workplace mods and if they agree we can migrate it. If not we'll simply close as Off Topic. This has to be the policy for beta sites as there is always the chance that the beta site might be closed down.


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Please take this up with the Stack Overflow moderators. There's nothing we can do at this end. UPDATE After further reflection I don't think that that specific question should be migrated. It's old and the question isn't sufficiently unique to software developers for it to be 100% on topic here. Search Programmers for any similar questions and if there ...


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I just thought of something novel and decided to provide a competing answer to my own question. What if we restricted the ability of an SO user to vote for migration to Programmers to only those that: Have an account on Programmers Have 300 reputation or more on Programmers? This way the person voting for migration may be significantly more likely to be ...


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The user cross posted the question so a migration wouldn't have been a good idea. However, Code Review as a migration target might be a good idea - if only the site were out of beta ;) Beta sites can't be the target of migrations from the dialog, it will always take a moderator to do that. The top five migration targets in the last 90 days are: Stack ...


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(Tongue in cheek): this is all my fault, ask ChrisF ... Really, I do try to stop bad migrations, so do the rest of the mods. We just don't get to them in time in some cases. I don't think bringing this up on Meta SO again is going to help much. While some bad migrations are happening, we're stopping a large number of them. Take this for example, where I ...


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