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If the question is on-topic, and the OP chose to post here, I believe we should keep the question here, even if it is a better fit somewhere else. The one exception I can see is if the OP requests migration after becoming aware of that option.


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It takes approximately 12 seconds (and exactly 4 mouse clicks) to log in to a new StackExchange site and create an account there. Migration is harmless. StackExchange sites are extremely well integrated. User accounts on new sites do not cost anything. There is a unified system through which you will get notifications related to your questions on any of the ...


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For what it's worth, my own opinion on migration has not changed since I wrote: I would prefer to see a gray-area question be closed (and possibly migrated a little later) rather than migrated immediately. Migration is qualitatively different from other kinds of closure. Assuming we don't have accounts on the target site, Closed Questions ...


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First note that migration paths being restricted to close voters by default is by design. There are a lot of pitfalls when migrating¹ and it’s more efficient to train a few moderators on those² than all close voters. Therefore migration paths are only created in the rare case that the amount of migrations between two sites exceeds what moderators can handle. ...


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I do think this question would be on-topic at IPS if it had been posted there originally. In particular, it has a fairly clear goal, although IPS would probably want to focus it a bit more. However, many of the answers given here are not really IPS answers and would not be accepted as good IPS answers because they do not focus on interpersonal skills (note ...


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I think that as a community we are a bit fast on the trigger for migration, and basically agree with earthling's post. I would add that the distinction I find useful is whether the question's answers will need to be highly technical vs. more about custom and practice. Thus, for example, in the two examples that you give, I think the "p-value" question is ...


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I would prefer to see a gray-area question be closed (and possibly migrated a little later) rather than migrated immediately. Migration is qualitatively different from other kinds of closure. Assuming we don't have accounts on the target site, Closed Questions High-rep users can vote to reopen Users can continue to discuss the closure in comments OP can ...


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I don't think we're necessarily migrating too many questions - because Stack Exchange is a network, I don't think there's particularly harm in seeing a question moved, and indeed the initial asker can benefit a lot from a prompt to go to a more appropriate venue for their question, and future questions like it. I'll admit that I'm particularly pro-migration ...


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There are two ways for migration: (Flagging →) Closing → Off-Topic → Migration – This is only available for frequent migration targets. Academia has only its own Meta as target as this is activated by default. Adding new migration targets here is possible in theory, but as far as I can tell, there is no site to which we are migrating very often. Most ...


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As the one who prompted the migration, I believe that the question was purely statistics. The only element that made it "academia"-specific was the issue that it was a disagreement between a student and a professor. If you change the people making the argument from student and professor to co-workers in a lab, or an employee in a factory and his boss, the "...


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In the last 90 days, we have migrated one question to Cross Validated (image here for those who do not possess the necessary privileges to see the migration statistics page): I think we need a history of regular well-received migrations before adding it as a migration path in the "close" interface. From When should we consider adding a default migration ...


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As the guilty party, I'll just note that my primary justification for migrating the question was that the question was about how DOI's get applied to specific data sets. It's more a question about how data works—which is Open Data's specialty, than to Academia's. I'm OK if the consensus is otherwise, and apologize for the rash action.


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There are questions that clearly are out of scope and there are questions that are clearly in scope. I think the mods do a great job handling the questions that fall into the grey area. Yes you can find grey area questions that have not been closed. It is much harder to find the examples of the numerous "boat" questions that have been closed. This means what ...


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I'm not sure I agree with your argument that this is an Academic topic. The question being asked here could have been asked in an aeronautical engineering forum, or a financial engineering forum, or a jelly bean sales forum. Simply replace the work "professor" with "boss" and it's completely generic. The fact that it occurred in an Academic setting does not ...


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To suggest migration to another site, you have to add a custom comment. I was confused by this myself at first, but apparently this is a deliberate choice by design due to the very large number of SE sites that now exist (see this meta question for some history). I would recommend adding a comment manually, and then using the "Blatantly off-topic" flagging ...


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Given this, I would add: If there is reason* to suspect that the answer to 1. Is the question on-topic at your site? will be controversial, let the question be put on hold (and give a chance for OP to edit, high-rep users to vote to re-open, people to comment, etc.) before considering migration. * For example, reasons might include: if the question has ...


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I was the mod who migrated that question. I didn't realize it would cause any issue, I apologize if it did. In that case, I migrated for two reasons: The question was off-topic here, as it was asking for a particular piece of technology. As stated by @ff524, the fact that it related to academia was entirely tangential and unrelated to the question. By the ...


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To give some insight into why this probably isn't needed (at least right now): we have very few migrations, and they are “all over the place”. Among 20 questions migrated (away from Academia) for the last 3 months, the most common target was CrossValidated, and it accounted for only 3 migrations. Then we have our own Meta site (2), then all other sites have ...


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Sorry if you think it was a bad migration. This question has nothing in it that indicates the individual is applying for a job in a school, or anything similar to that, other than working in a "liberal arts environment". This has nothing to do with a university of any sort; Apple Inc. is famous for their pushing of a liberal arts culture. As such, I ...


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It needs some cleaning up, but there's a valid question buried in there. I think we could take the question, but it would have to be worked on a bit before we'd open it for response.


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I talked about this in chat a few weeks ago (http://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/20033769#20033769). Users cannot generally migrate questions. Just flag questions that you think should be migrated and a mod will take care of it.


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I think this question would probably be closed on Academia,SE with the close reason: "The answer to this question strongly depends on individual factors such as a certain person’s preferences, a given institution’s regulations, the exact contents of your work or your personal values. Similar questions, like How much details one should learn when ...


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I only saw this thread today, otherwise I would have weighed in earlier. I definitely think that migration was warranted in this case. I agree 100% with aeismail's rationale: It's more a question about how data works—which is Open Data's specialty, than to Academia's. Honestly, this to me would seem to settle the discussion. (Incidentally, I don't ...


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Here are some other candidates for migration: Are European Eductional Institutions Experiencing the Same Amount of Price Increases as American Schools? Are there any open-source textbooks on economics freely available on the web?


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