We're getting the occasional programming question. Programming questions are off-topic, and we flag to have them migrated to Stack Overflow.

In the past 90 days, we've had 26 migrations from U&L to SO, none of them rejected.

It is possible to set up a migration path from U&L to SO, which would add an option “migrate to Stack Overflow” in the close dialog, usable by all users with the “vote to close” privilege. Should we do that?

Yes, we should... –  jasonwryan Feb 13 '13 at 0:43
That sounds like a good idea. –  Shadur Feb 13 '13 at 10:36
Can there be a migration path from all stackexchange sites? Often SO questions will need to be migrated to U&L or SU or somewhere else. Seems like a nice universal change, positive for all SE sites. –  Christopher Ickes Feb 14 '13 at 14:55
@ChristopherIckes That's not going to happen. If you see an off-topic question that you know would be welcome on another site, flag a moderator to request the migration. –  Gilles Feb 14 '13 at 15:37
@ChristopherIckes The odds of a question from, say, Cooking needing to be migrated to SO are fairly small. :) –  Anna Lear Feb 15 '13 at 16:28
@ChristopherIckes ...and each closing user would need to understand the scope of the 100+ list of sites to get anything done. That's not a reasonable expectation for most users. –  Robert Cartaino Feb 15 '13 at 16:37
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Sounds reasonable.

We set up a default migration path from U&L to Stack Overflow. Use it wisely. :)

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I think that is a good idea. I'm presuming those questions are beginner questions by someone trying to learn a language in a *nix context, for which there are better places, and we should encourage people to go seek those out. Not that SO is necessarily that place, but at least they can then A) learn about it, and B) get introduced to "this question is a duplicate of" somewhere where the duplicate probably lives.

I'd make a distinction though, between questions that are about general programming methodology and ones that are in fact explicitly *nix oriented. Eg, if someone wants to know "If anyone knows of a good Erlang API for linux proc/sys stuff", that is totally appropriate, etc.

The other exception that might be important are shell programming questions, which are programming questions but seem very suitable here.

It's usually C programming questions, like this one. Since the beginning of the site, we decided to leave programming to SO and concentrate on users and administrators. Understanding the output of strace: on-topic. Compiling an existing C program: on-topic. Writing C code: off-topic. –  Gilles Feb 13 '13 at 17:39
I guess by my theory that is an edge case, lol? It's probably better off on SO, anyway. –  TAFKA 'goldilocks' Feb 13 '13 at 17:47
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