Entirely justified, though regrettable. The kinds of things they ship our way are usually in the small-operator area that's always been a problem for us.
The surly target-market http://sysadmin1138.net/mt/blog/2012/09/08/surly-target-market.png
The green area is where most developers (though not all, which is where things get complicated) reside, and those ...
This is the nuclear option. If all else fails, it will be the solution.
That said, I'd like to try a few other things first, and see how they work out.
First off, we have a gigantic backlog of questions with pending close votes on them. Many of these may need to be closed, but few should be migrated. A recent change to how migration works removes that ...
Web site control panels such as cPanel and Plesk are extremely unlikely to be used in a professional environment. They're more commonly seen with small and one-man operations where the expense of the control panel is judged to be less than the expense of an actual system administrator.
While the control panels make it relatively easy for users to perform ...
The answer to this question is complicated, and has a lot to do with the depth of the /review queue on Stack Overflow.
The large rise in rejected migrations is coming as questions with 1-2 close votes on Stack Overflow are being dredged up and migrated by the badge-seekers.
When the question gets here people look at it and someone puts a close vote on it, ...
We have been through this dozens and dozens of times. The topicality of this site is brutally clear. Let's take a look.
If you're not signed in and go to the front page you see this:
OK, fair enough.
Still, some people may miss that. I understand how that could happen. Next, they click "Ask a Question". What are they presented with there?
(I'll split ...
How about this?
Questions involving web hosting control panels are off-topic because they customize their systems so that standard system administration methods no longer apply. Some related topics may be asked on
Webmasters or see Where can I ask questions about web hosting
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We can't add more targets to the migration list (it's an arbitrary hard limit set by the SE staff).
The sites currently on the list (SO, SU, U&L, DBA) are much more important.
Some stats for migration in the last 90 days:
When you think it's really necessary to migrate, raise a flag (the mod might ...
I read through the question but I don't see anything that would make it obviously off topic, nor did I see anything that suggested any other site in the network would be a better place to ask.
You originally posted it on the weekend, when we have fewer people overall reading the site. It looks like you edited it today, which does bring it back to the ...
Yes, for the majority of users on SF, this distinction is important for several reasons. Browse through meta.sf to get the picture, this is a regular topic here.
It boils down to "We are not the helpdesk for the internet". Our target audience are professional system administrators exclusively and we have certain expectation of users participating here that ...
We had a lot of arguments over that in past years. ServerFault is unusual in that we have five such targets, but we managed to get them.
The problem at its core is a simple design philosophy:
Bulleted lists reach the tl;dr limit around 5 items.
Stack as a whole has been trying to keep such often used lists under the 5 limit.
We have 5 (top level) ...
The Don't migrate crap rule is covered extensively in the comments on EEAA's answer, but I thought it should be explained more clearly:
"Don't migrate crap" is excellent summary of the attitude towards migration across all SE sites and it's a very useful single rule, but it's not the only rule.
Look at Gilles's comment on Jeff's official answer; there's ...
From this post: Enable automatic deletion of old, unanswered zero-score questions after a year?
If the question is more than 30 days old, and ...
has −1 or lower score
has no answers
is not locked
it was closed and migrated to a different site
... it will be automatically deleted.
TL;DR "Tumbleweed" Questions ...
The rejection rate has gone up because more people are reviewing close votes and because someone (he says coyly) is searching for "migrated:1" on SO and casting an initial close vote on the crappy ones.
A couple things I've noticed:
A lot of the questions migrated here from SO are basically abandoned. Often the OP doesn't have an account here and if there ...
As taken from the the most upvoted answer here.
If the treatment has not been unfair, telling them to take it
somewhere else on the network only moves crap around for other sites
to deal with. Only if we're dealing with an edge case which is
off-topic on the current site, but good and on-topic on an other,
should you advise them to take it ...
Most likely no, due to a more or less arbitrary limitation imposed by the SE staff. I can't find relevant discussions right now, but if I remember correctly, there was much debate to even get a fourth migration target instead of the usual three (not counting meta.sf).
Also: I very rarely migrate anything to a site not on the list and for the small number ...
It was deleted automatically by the Stack Exchange engine that runs the Server Fault community, because:
Very low views
No interaction from other members (no answers, comments)
I'm surprised it was deleted after just over a month, but they are always tweaking the system based on known patterns. I guess the patterns show that a question with ...
First off you're right in that the question fails anything in a home setting and is therefore off topic for Sever Fault. Your flag was automagically handled by Community ♦, someone must have voted to close Off Topic and (I think) agreed with you.
The question itself being home use, Linux and media server probably falls into the overlap between U&L and ...
You know, sure, everyone's a newbie or a beginner at some point. Absolutely.
On the other hand, demanding to know your place of employment so he can boycott it and using profanity against you makes me not want to help him. And he swore at you, not me. The fact that you apparently want to help him... well, wow, man, you're really nice. ;)
I'm all for ...
Migration counts as the "latest activity" on a question, which drops the question in the active feed and shows it on the front page.
The age of the question is still whatever it actually is based on the timestamp set when you posted it. So your question does show up under "newest" in its appropriate chronological spot. (As I'm writing this, it's on page 5.)...
If it fit in length, I would suggest that message;
Questions involving web hosting control panels are off-topic because
they customize their systems such that normal administration tools
and methods no longer apply, and thus
require support from the vendor. They may be asked on
Webmasters or see Where can I ask questions
about web hosting ...
Can the question be migrated over to StackOverflow?
No. It's far too old. And off-topic there as well.
Can I bounty one of his other answers on an open question, and state in the bounty notice that it's for the x86 answer?
Technically, maybe. But I would consider this an abuse of the system. Votes and bounties should be bound exclusively to the ...
As of today we already have the maximum of five migration targets, one of which is meta (this site).
I've actually been watching migration statistics for a while, and four of those five correspond to our most common migration targets.
One of them, however, does not, and hasn't had a post migrated in a very long time, as far as I can recall. That target is, ...
What about a modification to the SE sites, so that you can only migrate to sister SE sites, if you have a high enough rep to use Vote to Close on the source site, and a high enough rep on the sister site to migrate a question across?
e.g. Vote to Close is granted at 3,000, say you had to have 2,000 on the sister site to migrate in, then:
Fred has 13,500 on ...
Considering the basic premise that a question posted on the wrong site is almost guaranteed to be crap the I'm very much in favour of stopping migrations by regular users. However, restricting migrations to mods only will not endear us to the mods on the originating site because their workload will increase dramatically.
Because of the enormous difference ...
A question that is migrated to another site is rejected by that site if:
it gets deleted
it's closed as Not Constructive, NARQ, Too Localized, or generic Off-Topic
To reject a question that's been migrated here, you should vote to close for one of the reasons listed above.
When a question is rejected:
it's unlocked (but not reopened) on the source site