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During the last couple weeks I came across a considerable amount of questions that have been close-voted due to not being specific to WordPress.

Approximately 9 out of 10 times I agreed in that the questions were not WP-specific per se - so I voted the same, after having read the question (and comments, if present).

However, the questions themselves were oftentimes accurate and good-worded - and definitley worth being answered. So I wondered why they have been close-voted as not specific to WordPress and not as belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network (which most of the times has been the case, IMO).

I'm aware that moderators (like all users having enough reputation) are being notified of close-voted questions. So if a moderator sees a question that better were asked on another SE site, it could/will be migrated.
Nevertheless, I'm confident in that more of these question could be migrated if they weren't close-voted as not WP-specific but close-voted as should be on StackOverflow, for instance.

I must say that I, too, close-voted a bunch of questions as off-topic (because they were, and the description even says Might be better asked at Stack Overflow or other appropriate site of Stack Exchange network.). A few seconds later, however, I thought about having voted as belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network would have been the better decision.

What do you think?

Does it matter (to you) how/if a question asked on WPSE in the first place while better put on SO, for instance, gets attention (and a solution)?

Does it matter if a question is close-voted as belongs to StackOverflow, or not WP-specific (what IMO puts more weight on the moderators' shoulders than just approving to migrate a question to an already suggested site)?

Maybe the option This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network doesn't stick out enough (as it could/should) - as a one-liner, no color/links and the like...?

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I sometimes vote to migrate, but many of the question I vote to close already have 20 functional duplicates on Stack Overflow, for example. I see no reason to clutter another site with migrated duplicates. I think that that is the key, at least for me.

Think about how many "I don't know how to access a PHP array/object" questions there are, or "my CSS doesn't work". The latter nearly always "too localized" anyway.

After thinking about it, I think it boils down to I only vote to migrate otherwise good questions to other sites. Questions with multiple problems I tend to just vote to close.

Also, the list of site choices to migrate to is pretty limited. There are a rare few I would have voted to migrate had the migration list included a few more options.

  • I agree with you in that there's no reason to clutter another site duplicates. However, the question/duplicate A) is already there (here on WPSE, that is), and B) as I stated in my question, the description of the close-vote says Might be better asked at Stack Overflow or other appropriate site of Stack Exchange network, which might lead to the question being asked on that other site, again - while it's already here, in addition to the, say, 20 functional duplicates... – tfrommen Oct 5 '13 at 17:36
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    Maybe I should have said something like "I only vote to migrate otherwise good questions to other sites. Questions with multiple problems I tend to just vote to close." – s_ha_dum Oct 5 '13 at 17:41
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Some of these questions are from users who are question banned on Stack Overflow. We just cannot migrate those questions. And I send only good questions to SO or another site. Not just barely acceptable, but really good.

  • Okay, I didn't know about these bans. I also didn't mean to say that not enough questions are migrated. So I wasn't adressing this at you moderators. I just thought that maybe more questions could be migrated (and thus get solved) if there were more questions voted to be migrated. I hope this makes sense... – tfrommen Oct 5 '13 at 20:12

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