Which sites do you think we need to have migration paths to, now that we are promoted?

Migration paths are an easy way to send a question to another site, without requiring it to be flagged by a moderator.

  • Is there documentation you can link to on Migration Paths?
    – user1027
    Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 2:17
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    Note that we do not add migrations paths because we can. We need to see that there's a significant, demonstrated need for it and that the path would be used for good and that questions that don't belong on the destination site don't get passed. Note that we also do not add migration paths to beta sites. Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 2:23
  • @RebeccaChernoff Do you have (or can you obtain) a list of sites where our questions have been migrated to? History is the best predictor we have of the future.
    – Kevin
    Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 2:43
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    @Kevin for those with the rep to have the privilege, there is a section in the 10k tools that lists stats for the last 90 days. Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 2:49

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2012-11-16: In the last 90 days, we migrated all of 5 posts out. I really don't feel like going through all the comments on closed posts, but I'm pretty sure I've seen more comments suggesting migrations than questions that should have been migrated. So I don't think we're ready to have any migration path. Moderators can cope with one migration per fortnight or so.

2012-03-21 (3 months later): we've had 12 migrations in the last 90 days. So the number is on the rise (but the proportion is not: we had about 1700 questions in this time period, versus about 700 during the previous 3 months), but still very much manageable by moderators. The two targets with more than one migrated post are Movies & TV and Literature; both of these would be risky to add as migration paths because we don't want questions to be migrated out just because they are about a movie or about a book. Moderators will remain the sole migrators for the forseeable future; if you think a post should be migrated, flag it.

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    +1 for actually getting the data. Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 15:16
  • Ditto DKV's comment :)
    – K-H-W
    Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 3:23

I think Literature, Movies, Physics, Gaming, and possible English, would be the best sites. Many questions coming here don't quite fit, and I think they would tend to be sent to one of these sites.

  • Also perhaps gaming? For instance someone might ask a completely game-related question, where the game is set in the Star Wars Universe. Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 2:08
  • I added Gaming as it's definitely a high-overlap subject matter.
    – user1027
    Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 2:18
  • Is there any evidence that these (theoretically good) paths actually were used in the last 90 days? Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 6:37
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    literature and movies are both in beta, and it seems reasonable to guess that they are months away from launching (given that they are both new to beta). (physics looks like the beta style for me - bad caching or did they not get a design?).
    – Tony Meyer
    Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 9:47
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    What about Skeptics? Commented Dec 16, 2011 at 15:16
  • @TonyMeyer We got a polished look that was darker than meta.scifi and there was a user rebellion. It was, IMHO, a nice look, but tough on the eyes to swap to/from the rest of the intertubes. Eventually the rebels won and they switched us back to the beta look until Jin gets a round tuit. Could be a while. Commented Dec 17, 2011 at 3:53
  • @Tom: Jin has shown us our new graduated design. Yeah! Commented Jan 15, 2012 at 17:48

Perhaps Astronomy and Space Exploration will turn out to be good migration paths.

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    Both are in beta, so you cant do a migration path. Commented Sep 29, 2014 at 14:07
  • @PearsonArtPhoto Hence the "will turn out to be".
    – SQB
    Commented Sep 29, 2014 at 18:24
  • Are there any stats on how many we've actually migrated to either?
    – phantom42
    Commented Sep 29, 2014 at 18:30
  • I don't have any, but I should have made clear that I wasn't suggesting adding them now but rather to keep an eye on them.
    – SQB
    Commented Sep 29, 2014 at 18:40
  • There's been only one, thus I'd say it's not an issue at all. Commented Sep 29, 2014 at 18:45
  • @PearsonArtPhoto I think there've been a few others in the past that were migrated to Physics that would fit on Astronomy
    – Izkata
    Commented Sep 30, 2014 at 1:03
  • Physics has had a few, but not many. Only m&tv has a large number. Commented Sep 30, 2014 at 1:23
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    @phantom42 scifi.stackexchange.com/tools/posts/migrated/stats
    – user1027
    Commented Sep 30, 2014 at 19:49
  • @Keen We also just got this and this, and who knows how many more that get closed without being migrated
    – Izkata
    Commented Oct 1, 2014 at 1:08
  • I think I meant @PearsonArtPhoto for that. Oh well, both pinged
    – Izkata
    Commented Oct 1, 2014 at 1:15

We should definitely have a migration path to Literature.

is really big here, and we somewhat regularly get questions on it about non-speculative fiction books or short stories. Some of the time these are actually quite good, such as this one, but I have to do a mod flag. It'd be easier if we could just vote to migrate without bothering with that, but we don't have a migration path there (or to anywhere, for that matter).

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    In the last 90 days, two questions have been successfully migrated to Lit. Frankly, the level of needed migrations is so low that it's better and easier for it to just be managed by the mods through the use of a custom flag "I think this should be migrated to x"
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 5:37
  • I'm also not entirely sure that the literature mods would necessarily want us having a migration path that allows us to more easily dump our crap onto their site
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 11:53

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