At present, when we vote to close a question as off-topic the only offered migration target is meta.codegolf.SE. Most of the time off-topic questions really belong on SO - the poster understood "programming puzzles" to mean "place to post some code which is puzzling me".

Can SO be added as a target?

Recent threads which belong on SO:

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm not sure when this decision (what to use as the migration targets) is usually made. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 9, 2011 at 11:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ I agree, and find it annoying, that the already migrated question still is the top newest question here - not easily recognized as migrated, or is it just me? \$\endgroup\$ Aug 12, 2011 at 13:30

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If you want a migration path to a site, you'll need to provide ample evidence that you actually have a sufficient demand for it. You need a significant number of questions that you either have already migrated to Stack Overflow, or are valid migrations to Stack Overflow that have yet to be addressed. Provide links to all of these incidents. Usually, this is in proportion to your traffic - it has to represent a path that is consistently in use, not just something that makes sense. Keep in mind as well, as you are a Beta site, it isn't traditional to allow migration paths to or fro with graduated to ungraduated sites.

Consider Gaming and Game Development - it makes sense to have that migration path, eh? Most of our migration-worthy content goes to Game Dev. But Gaming has only migrated 9 posts to Game Development over the course of a year. That's not really enough to warrant a migration path to be constructed. You want to be shooting for a high number of examples to provide.

When you've gathered enough evidence of the need for a migration path, then we can look into setting up a migration path. I mean, given you're Programming Puzzles, which basically split off from Stack Overflow, I can easily picture the migration path being valid. However...

In the last 90 days, there have only been 4 migrations out of here, only 3 of which went to Stack Overflow. There are only 3 other migrations, totaling 6 migrations to Stack Overflow over the entire history of the site. I think you'll have to wait until much better evidence accumulates.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Consider also Android -- we migrate one to SO about every 2 or 3 days, 99 so far this year, with lots more simply closed. But no migration path. It's a high standard. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 9, 2011 at 16:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Matthew Have you guys proposed to get a migration path yet? \$\endgroup\$
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Aug 9, 2011 at 16:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yep. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 9, 2011 at 17:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Matthew We'll look into it, but no guarantees. I think you guys make a good case for your site, though. \$\endgroup\$
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Aug 9, 2011 at 18:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ We're up to 3 this week... \$\endgroup\$ Aug 11, 2011 at 13:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Peter Not sufficient. You need to be well into two digits, at minimum, I would say. \$\endgroup\$
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Aug 11, 2011 at 13:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ This seems like an odd way to go about it. There are paths that clearly should exist from SO for instance (Code Review, etc) but probably will never get there since we end up just closing those questions with no migration site chosen or pick something like Programmers where it doesn't fit either. \$\endgroup\$
    – kekekela
    Aug 18, 2011 at 21:27

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