There are about 2011 old (La)TeX related questions in SO. Is it necessary to migrate them to TeX.SE? Will it be a heavy task?


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I can support this but only if...

  1. The question is not just good, but GREAT

  2. It is STRONGLY on topic at the target site

  3. You feel VERY STRONGLY it belongs here

If all of those criteria aren't met, it is probably best to let the question stay where it is.


No. It's always been clear that the existence of new SX sites does not mean that there is no overlap with the main site. For example, questions on the detail of LaTeX programming may well fit within the remit of StackOverflow. At the same time, it seems pretty clear that the idea was never to 'flood' new sites by migrating questions which are no longer active. There is no real gain for anyone.


In my opinion, migrating old LaTeX questions from SO to tex.sx is a bad thing in many cases. The reason is that -- because of SO's higher number of users -- these question are on a quite different scale with regard to upvotes and number of views. Case in point: This migrated question has the second highest number of upvotes at tex.sx (66), has generated the answer with the highest number of upvotes (87) and has about 39k views. (The only other question with >10k views at tex.sx is this one which nearly caused a flame war.) Mass-migrating of old SO questions will completely destroy tex.sx's benchmark of what "Good questions" and "Good Answers" are. Don't do it.

  • IIRC, the migration votes/views issue has been fixed and votes/views are reset to 0 on migration.
    – Caramdir
    Jul 30, 2011 at 16:38
  • @Caramdir: I've never heard of that - is this a recent change? According to this meta.SO answer, lockstep is quite right. Jul 30, 2011 at 16:54
  • @Hendrik: Apparently I remembered incorrectly (see also this meta.SO question). Though the migrated questions list would imply that questions are usually migrated with very low vote and view counts.
    – Caramdir
    Jul 30, 2011 at 17:04
  • @Caramdir: The recently asked and immediately migrated question have low vote and view counts, and are no problem. I fully agree with lockstep that old questions with high vote and view counts shouldn't be migrated anymore. Jul 30, 2011 at 17:39

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