I just realised that there are Stack Exchange sites for Ubuntu and Linux/Unix.

Why aren't all the Linux/Unix/Debian etc questions on Super User getting migrated there?

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    Because they're on-topic here, so why should we migrate them away? See meta.superuser.com/questions/1308/… and meta.superuser.com/questions/1572/… . There's been similar discussion about Apple things as well, meta.superuser.com/questions/1631/… for example.
    – DMA57361
    Commented Jun 1, 2011 at 7:41
  • So there is nothing like migrate to the best scope?
    – soandos
    Commented Jun 1, 2011 at 7:55
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    And who defines "best scope"...? It's up to the user asking the question which of these communities they wish to approach. Just because someone has a question about their home server (running a flavour of Linux), it doesn't necessarily mean they want cramming in to a room full of Linux boffins... Also, see my answer.
    – DMA57361
    Commented Jun 1, 2011 at 7:58

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Questions are only migrated when there is a problem, specifically they need to be off-topic on the site on which they are posted, or if the user who asked the question specifically requests that it be moved.

Computer software and hardware are on-topic on SU - including Ubuntu, Linux, Unix, Mac, etc - so questions that are valid for Ask Ubuntu, Unix & Linux or Ask Different are usually valid here as well (the obvious exception being iPhone, etc questions which are OK on AD, but not here).

The sites have different community spirits and different community goals, so it's important that if a user attempts to interact with one of these communities that we don't push them away. So if someone has made the effort to ask a valid question on SU, we will not automatically shunt it to another site.

Migrating a question can be damaging to the user experience of the owner and greatly increases the chance of the question being abandoned.

Finally, in the cases when we do migrate to these sites it's usually because the question hasn't received much attention locally and - more importantly - because the asker has requested that it be moved.

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    I've never seen an 'asker' request migration. Is that because it's done by flagging?
    – pavium
    Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 13:10
  • @pavium, those I've seen have usually been requested by flags, yes. And when I migrate on behalf of the OP I will add a comment saying that I'm doing so for that reason.
    – DMA57361
    Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 13:12
  • so this site is practically a garbage dump for everything and nothing... I have to admit that I do not like this (I know, nobody cares ;) ). I'd liked the approach to collect specific topics at specific sites... everything good in the web will get corrupted when to many people know about it :( Commented Jan 13, 2021 at 16:38

Cue my usual advice: what does this user self-identify as?

  • A unix nut


  • 'gee I love all my computers no matter what OS they run' enthusiast?

That will tell you which site they belong on.


  • It's a very good point Jeff. I've found that there's an uncanny way that questions do find themselves asked on the most appropriate site 95% of the time. I have no idea why this works, but it does seem to work.
    – boehj
    Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 14:57
  • most ubuntu users are not unix nuts and thats why au separated from the unix site .
    – Lincity
    Commented Jun 5, 2011 at 10:50

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