Flagging>Closing>Off-Topic>Migration has these choices:

belongs on meta.superuser.com discussion, support, and feature requests for this site

belongs on stackoverflow.com Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers

belongs on serverfault.com Q&A for professional system and network administrators

belongs on webapps.stackexchange.com Q&A for power users of web applications

belongs on android.stackexchange.com Q&A for enthusiasts and power users of the Android operating system

14/48 of the 'Top Questions' list here when I posted this question were UNIX/Linux/Ubuntu related.

If there are more than five slots available, suggest adding

belongs on https://unix.stackexchange.com/ Q&A for users and administrators of UNIX and Linux operating systems

belongs on https://askubuntu.com/ Q&A for users and administrators of Ubuntu operating systems

I know there are many other Stack Exchange sites but those two generate a not insignificant number of questions here and if there are slots available, those communities could better serve those users IMHO, YMMV.

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    This is a great example why these migration paths would be harmful: Users would likely just migrate questions for no good reason (I suggested the same thing once). See here, here, and here for related discussion.
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Jan 7, 2014 at 18:31
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    There aren't more than five slots, and the stats don't justify replacing any of the current targets. Migrations from SU in the last 90 days: 5x U&L, 1x Ubuntu, 99x Webapps (6% rejected), 70x SF (7% rejected), 63x SO (3% rejected), 55x Android (9% rejected).
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Jan 7, 2014 at 18:35
  • Also, stop promoting Unix&Linux and Ask Ubuntu on Super User.
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Jan 7, 2014 at 18:38
  • Having read the other posts you suggested, I absolutely will, Commander Beck.
    – K7AAY
    Jan 7, 2014 at 18:43

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Questions about a Unix-like operating system are going to overlap heavily, and provided that they fit the general scope of the site, they should generally just be left where they were asked.

I've got a question about getting dpkg or apt-get to tell me what changed between two versions of a package. I could conceivably go to:

  • Super User, because questions about using an operating system are on topic here
  • Unix & Linux, because Debian.
  • Ask Ubuntu, if I were using Ubuntu, so let's pretend I have two systems, one running Debian, one running Ubuntu. The answer to my question would be the same for both.

What you come down to is my preference on where I want to ask, because my question is equally on topic on several sites. Remember, originally, all such questions were generally asked on Stack Overflow, just dressed up enough to look like a programming question to fly. The popular trick was to wrap it in the context of writing a shell script. Super User became the de-facto home for questions about simply using a Unix-like operating system right after it launched, because you didn't have to dress your questions up any longer.

Let's say I wanted to ask my package manager question here, because I want to earn rep here to unlock privileges. I spend time coming up with a great, useful question that's perfectly on-topic here and woah, I unlock a privilege. Please, be jealous when it comes to the great question I just gave you, don't send it to another site just for the sake of bucketing like you would nuts and bolts.

If a question is good and fits within the scope of your site, fight like hell to keep it.

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