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I have two separate, but related questions regarding the "vote to close" process, and the logic behind it:

  1. I'll use a specific example to hopefully make my question clear.

    • I click the Close button. A panel asking "Why" is presented with 5 radio-button-style options.
    • I select Off-topic because..., which brings up another panel with 3 radio-button-style options.
    • I select This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network which immediately presents a third panel.
    • However, the only other site available is the RPi meta site! That's not where I think it should go.
    • How do I make my recommendation for another site?
  2. Same example as above:

    • I return to the panel asking "Why" with 5 radio-button-style options.
    • I select Off-topic because..., which brings up another panel with 3 radio-button-style options.
    • I select Other (add a comment explaining what is wrong), and then add my comment to the text box.
    • Unknown to me, and without prompt or warning, my comment is posted to the OP's question.
    • And in this case, the OP has replied to my comment asking me to explain myself.
    • Is this by design, or has something in the closure-voting logic chain gone wrong?
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1) Some thoughts: fairly recent and rather ancient. I tend to go with Goldilocks here and close as off-topic more than migrating stuff away - usually with a comment to repost at another stack while observing their guidelines and standards of quality.

2) Why does a custom off-topic close vote trigger a comment when other reasons don't? I was always thinking that it is by desing and I consider it a help to the OP. In the specific example the OP was afraid to read that ("Why close and not move it there directly?") but the current procedure of migrating questions away simply involves the closing here. So it's not like a "move" but more of a "copy and close".

  • Re 1): I must apologize first as I didn't find the "fairly recent" Q&A you've referenced. Beyond that, and wrt Goldilocks' comment that "Migration paths for non-mods are limited [to meta]", I wonder why migration is even listed as an option? I assume the answer is because "that's the way it is" :) – Seamus May 13 at 10:00
  • Re 2): Hmmm... apparently that's documented here - assuming that's still the rule. Again, I wonder why that fact couldn't be noted in the interface, but again I suppose "that's the way it is". – Seamus May 13 at 10:06
  • "why migration is even listed as an option" -> Because there is an option, Meta. ;) I think some of the mechanisms like this aren't super useful here because of how slowly things happen; on busier sites it makes a bit more sense where there really might be 5 users vote to migrate within a short period of time. – goldilocks May 14 at 15:39

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