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Recently there are been multiple questions asked on Travel that have been closed with a suggestion in the comments that the OP should ask the question on Expatriates. If someone feels strongly enough to suggest that, why isn't the question just getting migrated? Or at least, include in the comment that the OP can flag the question and request a moderator migrate it?

If not there already, could there be a customized close reason that would reflect this trend?

Edit/Update: I was reading the recent Meta SE post about graduation, site closure, etc. and realized that one issue could be the general discouragement of migrating questions to a site still in beta, which Expatriates is. The idea is that a question could be lost if the beta site ends up closing. However, the post clearly indicates that no current beta site is in danger of closing.

  • Here's the question that prompted this one: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/48630/…
    – mkennedy
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 20:13
  • And a possibly related meta question on Expats about cross-posted questions.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 23:06
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    An additional problem is that while we are busy closing the question/explaining the rules, the OP often cross-posts. Ideally, at least for the 'good' ones, we should perhaps flag instead of closing.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 0:01
  • Many SEs have this issue (closing instead of migrating). Commented Jun 10, 2015 at 21:09

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Need to flag them for mods to migrate, unfortunately. It's not an automated process. So do vote to close, but also flag it, so that the mod can see and deal with it.

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    I'd always assumed that if you selected the 'this would be better on our sister site' close reason that the mods were automatically informed. Probably a good idea if that could generate an auto-flag (or if the majority of close-voters opt for that) or add something to the dialog saying to flag it too. I guess that'd have to be a question on the main meta to change the base code.
    – SpaceDog
    Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 13:14
  • @SpaceDog indeed. It was created as one of the 3 custom close reasons, but it's just text, there's no brains behind it :(
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 13:26
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    Yes please! We don't get notifications for "migrate" close votes, so a quick "better at Expats" puts it in the mod queue. Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 11:39
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    IIRC, beta sites never are allowed as automatic migration targets (or to have any automatic migration targets). So until/unless they graduate that (flagging) is the only option.
    – Joe
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 18:44
  • @Joe - is Travel SE still in beta?
    – neubert
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 18:11
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    @neubert No, but Expats is.
    – Joe
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 18:11
  • You can tell by the 'beta' in the headline, and the lack of custom skin. It's usually a sign that a site has been promoted if it gets its own look and feel. Travel graduated around April 2013, IIRC.
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 23:10

Questions closed as "better on Expats.SE" don't get flagged automatically, so it definitely helps to add a quick mod flag to bring it to our attention.

Also, unless I'm absloutely wrong and missing something, once a question is closed by the community the only way a mod can migrate a question is to reopen it, and then vote to close as a better match for another site.

  • Yes, that's the only way to do it. Unfortunately, it takes three whole seconds. :) Commented Nov 16, 2015 at 5:41

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