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I'm going to say no for three reasons: Questions that are on-topic here shouldn't be migrated away without the asker's consent. People chose to ask them here and they're within our scope; why should we send our users away? Go ahead and suggest that they also look at the other site, but leave the decision in the hands of the asker. If the asker of an ...

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What happened Thank for bringing this up. I agree that the question should have stayed on Worldbuilding; what happened behind the scenes was a complicated series of events and some miscommunication. In the interest of transparency, here's what happened: The OP, Aric Fowler, asked the question. The question garnered some votes, comments, and a close vote or ...

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Physics We get lots of questions that are about real-world physics. While the answers may be used in building a world, the person most able to answer such a question isn't a worldbuilding expert, but a physics expert. Questions about real world physics should be migrated to the Physics SE.

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If we are to establish the migration path based on our current numbers, we can use this to have an idea. Although, it seems like many more questions could/should get migrated away. Statistics for questions migrated away to: WB Meta: 6 Physics: 3 RPG: 3 Astronomy: 2 Cognitive sciences: 2 Engineering: 2 Science fiction and fantasy: 2 Super user: 2 Only one ...

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Physics Lots of questions are pure physics questions and don't involve worldbuilding even if the situation is hypothetical. Astronomy Just today, that started this discussion. People designing settings on other planets might want to know what is "out there" and other characteristics about other kinds of stars etc. These are "real knowledge" questions ...

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Daring proposal: no migration paths (other than meta). Here's why: We have a lot of questions that are on-topic here, but collect migration votes to sites where they are also on-topic. That's not how SE is supposed to work. As discussed in Respect the Community -- Your Own, and Others', we should jealously guard our on-topic questions rather than sending ...

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Astronomy Questions about real world astronomy are better off asked to astronomy experts. This site is intended to cater to the hypothetical, so if a question seeks purely science-backed answers about astronomical phenomena in our real world, whether or not the intention is to integrate the knowledge presented in answers in a work of fiction, that question ...

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According to the question timeline: The question was asked on Physics on 2015-05-24. On Physics, it was answered by Jimmy360, docscience, anna v, WhatRoughBeast, Loren Pechtel, Thorsten S., Cedric H., Thomas Pornin. It was migrated from Physics to Worldbuilding on 2015-05-26. Note: Migrating a question with that many existing answers is now considered a ...

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Towards an Answer I think this is a good idea! If you think a query needs to be migrated to Worldbuilding, check out What the Worldbuilding Forum is All About as this lays out, in proper manifesto form, some basic expectations as to what we accept and prefer not to deal with. Some key points for consideration, I think, would be the following: if someone is ...

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Adding to what @elemtilas said... We regularly suffer from people who are suffering from writer's block. They're here, not for help to build their worlds per se, but to get a bunch of spaghetti thrown against the proverbial wall so they can pick-and-choose a path our of their conundrum. Those kinds of questions (usually called "storybuilding") are ...

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That's not due to your reputation; it's because we haven't defined any other migration paths. When we graduated last November we gained access to custom migration paths, and there was some discussion about which ones to set up. At the time we didn't have a lot of outbound migrations and ended up not defining any. The better part of a year later, it might ...

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I'm just adding some data, so people have an idea of the actual migration activity that's happened on Worldbuilding throughout its history. Here are some stats on how many questions we've migrated to various sites, after a quick manual count (so maybe assume these numbers are $\pm$ 1). In no order: Physics: 7 Writers: 4 Earth Science: 3 Philosophy: 2 ...

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What you are describing is not a bug, as was suggested by your initial tagging of the question. That is why I re-tagged your question from bug to discussion. Generally speaking, specific migration paths are established after there is a proven sufficient need for questions to be migrated to particular sites. We have not yet reached that point on ...

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If a question is asked well -- shows research or analysis, is well-asked, etc -- and is arguably in our space, I generally won't downvote it even if I vote to close it. Especially on a beta site where we're still working out some scope boundaries, we can't expect everybody to guess right on the first try. If a question comes in here that should be moved to ...

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Most of the migrations are rejected or get closed very quickly. The consensus was that it was not worth it to have migration paths. Also, many of these questions show little effort and don't meet the quality standard of the Stack Exchange. These questions should be closed and kept here instead of sending them to other sites, where they will be closed anyway. ...

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I quite like having the moderator "filter" on migrations for two reasons. We don't want a reputation for sending off-topic rubbish to other sites and people who know about our site don't necessarily know what is on topic for other sites. For example I've seen quite a few flags or comments suggesting a migration to writers for questions that I know for a ...

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Per our Help Center, "the goal of the site is to help you build your world, not to tell your story." Worldbuilding (on-topic) is about the rules and systems of a "world" (no matter its size, community or universe) wherein many stories can be told. "Storybuilding" (off-topic) is about circumstances, actions, or plot. The moment you start asking about the ...

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As it can be seen from the comments above, OP requested the post to be moved. It could have been closed on WB and reposted on writing (plot development is also not WB), but the result would have been the same.

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Sometimes questions don't belong anywhere within the stack exchange system. That question may be one of them. We'd be annoyed if the question was dumped on us from another site. We should try to keep in mind whether questions will be a good fit before migrating.

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I'm not sure I totally agree with the idea that we should have no migration paths; I've seen several questions which I feel would be much better suited to Physics or Astronomy. This subject feeds in again to the idea of whats on topic and whats not and the scope of this site. Personally I feel that if it is a "how does this work based on reality/science" ...

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Space Exploration There have been several times where I was about to ask SE and then realized it would be better on WB, and vice-versa. Questions about space elevators, interplanetary exploration / space colonies, exposure to space, satellites, etc. could frequently be posted on SE's page, but just fit better here since there's an open to speculative ...

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