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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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(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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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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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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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 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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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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It's standard policy to not have beta sites as migration targets. This is to allow the site to develop by itself during beta and define a solid community. If there are exceptional questions that are off-topic here and on-topic there, moderators can migrate to any site on the network, so you can flag it. I wouldn't expect too many migrations, though.


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Your question was migrated from Programmers by a Programmers moderator. Their reputation on the target site is irrelevant (to the migration process). As for the migration itself, your question is off topic on Programmers. Disabling the "red spell check squigglies" on Outlook isn't really what I'd call a "conceptual question on software development". If you ...


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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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Asking whether a relational database or a graph database or some other kind of database is the more appropriate design for a given set of requirements can be on-topic here. However, most of the reasons this question is considered a poor fit for StackOverflow in its current form are also reasons why it would be a poor fit on any SE site, even if it is on-...


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I'm somewhat familiar with CR, with close to 1k rep there now. I think there are a very small minority of questions here asking for code review which would be suited for CR. Most of them are not functioning, fully working code that is a "please help me improve this" type of thing - most of them are, "here's code that sorta works, plz help me fix/add to it."...


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I don't think that there's anything surprising in this data. The Importing of Questions from Stack Overflow The high number of imported questions from Stack Overflow makes sense. Software Engineering was originally Programmers, which was originally proposed as Not Programming Related. The proposal for Not Programming Related was for a safe place to ask the ...


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Honestly, I wanted to close the question as Not Constructive. It's original form was substantially different than what it currently is on The Workplace. It was specifically a request for books/resources on communicating with professional software developers in the general sense. It was very easily off-topic (doesn't appear to fall into one of the categories ...


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As mentioned in Tim Post's answer, beta sites are never targets for migration. So this is (going to be) declined until after PM comes out of Beta. Given a recent discussion on the PM Meta site, that's still a ways out. However, I do not think that this site should have a migration path to PM.SE, even after PM is out of beta. As someone who has formal ...


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Questions older than 60 days can no longer be migrated, not even by moderators. Your question, albeit being off topic on both Programmers and Stack Overflow, is fairly popular and generated a few very useful answers. This, I assume, is why Thomas decided to place a historical lock on it. The lock will prevent it from being deleted by the community, which is ...


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I can't speak for the 5 users who voted to close and migrate. I can say that 3 users voted to migrate the question to Stack Overflow and 2 voted to close as our "assistance in explaining, writing or debugging code" custom close reason. I disagree with this closure, but I reached out to a Stack Overflow moderator to reject the migration and then clean it up ...


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