I have seen some questions on other SE sites which are closed. For example this question (there are more of them):

What's the best CDN for image hosting on a high-volume web site?

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closed as off-topic by Bill the Lizard♦ Oct 11 '13 at 18:30
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I have flagged this question because it might fit better at Software Recommendations.

declined - It's too old to migrate, and they aren't taking migration from SO.

Yes this question might be old, but this question is still on-topic here isn't it?

And "They aren't taking migration from SO", Shouldn't we take migrations from SO?


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A vast majority of the recommendation questions asked on other Stack Exchange sites are crap and we don't want them.

When the site started, we asked moderators on other Stack Exchange sites not to migrate anything to SR.SE until they got a green light from the SR moderators. We wanted to first establish our quality standards and have enough of a moderating community to handle incoming migrations.

I think we've reached the stage where we can handle a slow trickle¹ of incoming migrations, but the problem remains to only accept migrations of sufficient quality. We only want questions that match our question quality guidelines. We can't expect all moderators to know these guidelines.

Furthermore, migration is only useful when there are answers worth keeping. If none of the answers match our answer quality guidelines, there's nothing gained by migrating the answers.

For the time being, I think it's better to ask people to repost, and point them to our question quality guidelines. Also, if you see SR.SE mentioned in a comment, please make sure that readers are informed of the guidelines by posting a link.

This particular question is too old to migrate. In addition, it isn't asking for software but for hosting, which is off-topic here.

¹ Keep in mind that the question volume of SR is 1/500th of SO. If SO migrates one question in 500 to us, that would double our volume. We can't handle much more volume, we're barely keeping up with the commenting, closing, voting, flagging, etc. now.

  • We could always import them and then decrapify them to show how it should be done! Thus drawing people to this site and setting some examples for others to follow. Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 10:57
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    @hippietrail Decrapifying questions requires the user's input — the most common problem is that we don't know what they want. Closing a migrated question rejects the migration, so migrating a question only to close it is a bad experience for the asker and a hassle for everyone. Questions should only be migrated if they're in good shape for the target site. Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 12:01
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    Then again questions are for everyone, not just the OP. If they were salvaged an migrated then Google searches would still lead to answers. If the same question is asked anew here then Google searchss will be split between the old broken closed question and the new question... (Just thinking out loud by the way.) Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 12:09
  • @hippietrail Again, that only goes if the question is here to stay, not if it's going to get closed. Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 12:36
  • Well, obviously (-: Questions that are going to get closed should not be put here or on any other SE site, whether original or migrated. Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 12:48
  • As of 2020, many of the most popular software recommendation questions are still on Stack Overflow instead of softwarerecs. Some of these questions have useful answers, but there's still no option to migrate them. Commented Sep 10, 2020 at 19:42

Here's a really great single word answer... Sometimes

For that particular question No

The general rules I'd say should be:


  • Anything older than the normal migration limits (that question)
  • Anything that doesn't match SR (that question - it is for a service not a software, see: Are hosting recommendation requests on-topic?)
  • Very Low Quality questions - sure comment that it could be asked here if rewritten but migrate no.


  • On topic here
  • reasonable or high quality (or at least improvable)

Yes we should, and on a more macro level we should develop a migration strategy. There are a lot of quality questions on both SE and SU that are now in the purview of this site. If we do this we need to:

  • Work out a daily/weekly volume with the SE/SU moderators.
  • Identify questions on the other sites that we would like migrated.
  • Ensure SE/SU mods mark NEW questions on their sites as OT, and migrate them.
  • Assign mods here to handle just the migration volume.
  • Start accepting all NEWLY asked questions from other sites (I have even pointed people on the Writers Beta here), we can manage the quality of those items the same way were they asked here on this site. (Again this may necessitate more mods...)

We are currently sitting at 66% of questions answered...and a lot of the unanswered questions are in the universe of custom script work for a very specific scenario. Migrating good questions that already have good answers will help up that percentage if nothing else.

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    Keep in mind that: 1. On-topic questions on other sites aren't going to be migrated, only questions that are closed or are getting closed. 2. Questions older than 60 days cannot be migrated. 3. We CANNOT manage the quality of migrated questions in the same way as questions asked here: if a migrated question is closed, the migration is rejected, which completely throws off a close-edit-reopen cycle; so only questions that are already in good shape should be migrated. Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 21:07
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    2. That is an entirely artificial restriction which is not at all a problem to overcome if a migration policy for older (pre-SR) questions is discussed and agreed with SX higher-ups. And the migration of such older questions is a one-time workload rather than an ongoing one.
    – einpoklum
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 10:12

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