Compare also Willie's feedback here that this is perfectly legitimate, at least in his eyes.

However, when I flagged this question for possible transfer to cross-validated, as I consider it a much better fit there, it was declined with the I believe auto-generated feedback "declined - vote to close as off-topic," which I read as meaning that instead of suggesting questions for transfer, I should instead vote to close them.

Note that my question is not a(nother) request to transfer the specific question, nor do I ask as the refusal irks me particularly. It is a procedural question as the feedback sounds as if transfers are discouraged. Is that so?

Edit: On re-reading my own question, while the feedback sounded auto-generated, it might have been typed out as is by a moderator who might have a preference against transfers, which is well within his rights. If this is the case, I would rather delete my question as it could be (wrongly) perceived as personal, when it is meant merely procedural, for the general, not specific case.


There is no stock decline reason like this, so a moderator typed this as the decline reason.

In the general case, for a question to be migrated it should be actually off-topic on this site. It is perfectly acceptable if a question would fit on two SE sites, it should not be migrated then. Migrating a question is rather disruptive, moderators tend to be rather careful about using their universal migration privilege.

If a question is off-topic, and you know of an SE site where it would fit you should close as off-topic and flag for moderator attention, explaining that it should be migrated.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for clarifying the stackexchange system view of this. Accepting answers doesn't matter much on meta, but I'll unaccept the other one for now, and let this open a bit longer to make it more likely other users see both answers. $\endgroup$ Mar 2 '13 at 21:51

Your question here is perfectly fine. And indeed if you think that a question should be moved to another site, then vote to close the question as off topic.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks, Thomas. Just to make sure I understand correctly what you mean: do you mean (1) vote to close as off topic as, if I think it should be transferred, it should actually be closed instead, or (2) vote to close as off topic to indicate I suggest a transfer? In case of (2), how would a moderator be able to understand what I really mean? $\endgroup$ Mar 2 '13 at 19:43
  • $\begingroup$ @gnometorule: The proper way to move a question is to close it as off topic. Maybe before you cast you vote, you can add a comment saying where you think that it should be moved to. So the right understanding would be (2). There are other reasons for closing a question such as a question being a duplicate of an already existing question. $\endgroup$
    – Thomas
    Mar 2 '13 at 19:47
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    $\begingroup$ @gnometorule: vote to close as off-topic, and if there is a better place for it, add a comment to that effect. A moderator can unilaterally migrate a question, but it is preferable if the decision is made by community votes. In case the desired destination is not one of the options presented when voting to close, a moderator will still have to migrate the question once it is closed. $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Mar 2 '13 at 19:49
  • $\begingroup$ @robjohn Just a remark: gnometorule cannot yet vote to close. $\endgroup$
    – user53153
    Mar 2 '13 at 22:18
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    $\begingroup$ @5pm: I didn't check gnometorule's reputation; I was simply mentioning the usual method for the community to migrate a question. If one does not have enough reputation to cast a vote, there are two things they can do: 1. leave a comment and hope those who have enough reputation will vote. 2. flag a moderator suggesting the vote. Flagging a moderator for something that one does not have enough reputation to do may prompt a moderator to take unilateral action if the situation clearly requires it. Otherwise, a moderator will probably not cast 5 votes when only 1 person thought it should be cast. $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Mar 2 '13 at 22:54

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