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When you're voting to close a question as off-topic for tex.sx, the question might still be on-topic for one of the other 84 Stack Exchange sites (as of April '12). If four out of five 3k users voting to close (or a diamond mod) vote to migrate a question to another site, it is migrated there. Currently, you can only migrate questions to meta.tex.sx because there aren't any other migration paths. We could, however, have up to four more migration paths, which would look somewhat like this:

While we don't migrate off-topic questions very often, I think we could do so much more often, whilst bearing in mind the first rule of migration: "Don't migrate crap." (Which gets an amusing 1,700 hits on Google.)

I'll put some options in the comments for you to vote upon, and we'll see where this takes us. Feel free to add more options.


I think (diamond?) moderators can access migration statistics (I saw some on MSO) -- could one of them perhaps edit in our migration stats here?

Migration statistics for the main site for the last 90 days (as of Friday, April 27, 2012):

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Migration statistics for the meta site for the last 90 days (as of Friday, April 27, 2012):

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  • "I don't think we need any more migration paths." – doncherry Apr 8 '12 at 12:39
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    "I'd like to have a migration path to Stack Overflow." – doncherry Apr 8 '12 at 12:39
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    "I'd like to have a migration path to Super User." – doncherry Apr 8 '12 at 12:39
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    "I'd like to have a migration path to English Language & Usage." – doncherry Apr 8 '12 at 12:41
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    Wouldn't it make more sense to have the suggestions as answers rather than comments, so that down votes can be cast? – Alan Munn Apr 8 '12 at 15:17
  • @AlanMunn: Hmm, I didn't have down-votes in mind, or just didn't think they would be necessary. Well, I guess we can have a bunch of CW answers as well, it doesn't really matter to me. – doncherry Apr 8 '12 at 15:29
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    "I'd like to have a migration path to Graphic Design" – Reinstate Monica - M. Schröder Apr 8 '12 at 22:59
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    "I'd like to have a migration path to Unix & Linux" – Reinstate Monica - M. Schröder Apr 8 '12 at 23:00
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    @MartinSchröder: I was thinking about Graphic Design, but migration paths are usually not installed to beta sites (I read that somewhere on MSO, I think by Jeff.) We might still want to keep GD in mind and keep a slot open until it's established. – doncherry Apr 8 '12 at 23:56
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    Do we really get questions that should be migrated to English Language and Usage? – Alan Munn Apr 9 '12 at 0:51
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    @ienissei: That kind of questions will be downvoted and closed as off-topic at ELU in under a second. With any luck some comment might refer to writers.stackexchange.com. Therefore I would recommend not to migrate to ELU, but maybe to writers (when it is out of beta). – Stephen Apr 11 '12 at 19:00
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    @Stephen Yes, those typography questions (I think all of them were about typography) don't really fit anywhere, and are not always language-specific either… but TeX being a typesetting system, I feel like we should welcome them here, for lack of a better place. They have been neither closed nor down-voted here, even though they weren't strictly-speaking "on topic" – and I think it is great that they were thus welcomed. A typography.SX probably wouldn't attract enough people anyway. – ienissei Apr 11 '12 at 21:20
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    @ienussei: Yes, I'm supporting to keep typography questions here at TeX.SE. We have a typography tag her, after all. – Stephen Apr 12 '12 at 18:03
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    Migration to Maths SE might be useful. I see a lot of questions which are basically, 'what's the right maths notation/spacing/layout...?' rather than 'how do I implement this notation/spacing/layout?' – cfr Apr 27 '14 at 1:31
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    @cfr There doesn’t really seem to be too much migration (away from tex.sx) going on at the moment, but I’d still be up for creating more migration paths. It seems like we’d first need a new meta question where we vote on answers as opposed to comments. Then wait for the powers that be and see what happens. – doncherry Apr 27 '14 at 8:36
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As there seemed to be a fair amount of supporters for SO and ELU (and nobody against new migration paths), but no official SE participation here, I put in a request on meta.so: Request for new migration paths for tex.sx

Oh well, they didn't like it and migrated it back here, where the chance of a SE dev helping with the process of finding appropriate migration paths are much lower. Looks like we need individual answers for the option. Also, could someone with the necessary powers please provide us with some migration stats? It'd be pretty bothersome if we had to go through questions by hand.

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