To wit: https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/82306/images-appear-broken-due-to-timthumb-resizing

I know that WPSE mods discuss migrations with other sites' mods before migrating questions to them. Do we not get the same courtesy?

It seems that a ton of obviously WordPress-specific questions don't get migrated here, yet these obviously-outside-WPSE-scope questions do get migrated here. It is frustrating, because then we have to community-moderate the question, and the asker gets (rightfully) frustrated.

  • I know what you mean about improperly migrated Questions. The Answer to that Q was very simple: "Nope, can't do in WP (.com), make a feature request with them."
    – akTed
    Commented Jan 25, 2013 at 22:57

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We do not discuss migrations usually, because of the new way migrations work now: The moment we close the migrated question as off topic here, the migration is rejected, and the question goes back to the original site.

During the last 90 days 74 questions have been migrated to our site from 5 other sites. We rejected 13. That’s not enough data to state a pattern. We get ~60 questions per day on our site … I don’t think those 74 additional questions are a problem.

The inappropriate migrations make 0.4% of all questions. We are six moderators plus 38 users who can cast close votes. We can handle that.

  • That's roughly a 20% rejection rate, which IMHO is high enough to cause concern. But more concerning is the number of obviously in-scope questions that just get answered at SO, or WebApps, or wherever, on top of having to deal with 20% of questions migrated here being off-topic. If all of the actually on-topic questions from SO got migrated here, that 20% off-topic would be 10%, or even 5%, and I wouldn't be as bothered by those off-topic questions that get migrated here. Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 22:14
  • We cannot do anything to get SO questions to our site. We talked with the SO mods about that – without result. As long as the community on the site the question has been asked think it is on topic there it will stay there.
    – fuxia Mod
    Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 22:19
  • Yeah, I do get that - but that just makes this sort of thing that much more frustrating. And if the SE powers-that-be are willing to leave the situation as-is, then so be it. I don't understand why SE would implement a WordPress-specific network site, and not instruct mods on other sites to direct 100-percent WordPress-specific questions to that site, but again: so be it. Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 22:26
  • "The inappropriate migrations make 0.4% of all questions." - not really the point, is it? 13 out of 74 migrated questions is 18%. The real issue is that SO hoards WordPress questions while they and others send us off-topic, TimThumb/CSS/etc. (i.e. hot-potato) questions. Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 22:30
  • Many questions may belong to more than one site, and then they should stay where they are. I don’t like the current WP situation too, but as long as even our experienced members continue to answer WP questions on SO it will not change.
    – fuxia Mod
    Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 22:30
  • Interesting link. It includes this line: "Our audience is large enough to allow a considerable amount of specialization: Apple, Ubuntu, WordPress and Database Administrators all cover topics that previously belonged on Super User, Stack Overflow or Server Fault." That previously belonged implies that such topics no longer belong on SO, but rather on the more-specialized site. It seems that there is no real interest in enforcing that, unfortunately. Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 22:35
  • Close voted as off topic - this should be migrated to meta.stackoverflow.com as it is clearly an issue for the mods there.
    – anu
    Commented Jan 20, 2013 at 0:05
  • Actually, the question, er, in question was migrated here from WebApps, not SO. Commented Jan 20, 2013 at 2:01
  • @anu, per FAQ, "This site is for meta discussion about wordpress.stackexchange.com. Any question relevant to our community is welcome here." While it could be relevant to meta.SO or any other meta, it being relevant here makes it clearly on-topic.
    – akTed
    Commented Jan 25, 2013 at 22:44

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