Migration paths allow for questions to be moved from Ask Ubuntu to other sites in the Stack Exchange network. The idea is that rather than simply closing questions as being "off-topic", then the questions can be moved to be the correct Q&A website.

These could allow us to keep our site on topic and at the same time not being 'mean' by simply closing questions and effectively preventing the asker from getting answers to valid (but off-topic) questions.

From the Stack Exchange blog:

If you’d like to make a case that a migration path should be unlocked between two sites — show us examples of those questions being closed as off-topic on the site.

So what migration paths would we like?


I believe it should be possible to move questions from Ask Ubuntu to the Unix/Linux site.

Examples of questions that have been closed that could have been migrated include:

Additionally, it seems that the general consensus from this discussion is that we are not warmly welcoming questions on Ubuntu derivatives such as Linux Mint. So far none of these questions have been closed, but I suspect the community would be far happier closing questions about Ubuntu derivatives if they were being sent on to Unix/Linux rather than being simply trashed. Examples include:

Note: I appreciate there is likely to be less support for migration of questions in the opposite direction, from Unix/Linux SE to Ask Ubuntu, so that isn't part of this proposal.

Anyone have an update on this? – Nathan Osman Dec 6 '11 at 4:14
Speaking as a Unix & Linux regular and Ask Ubuntu occasional, I think this migration path would make sense, even though very few such migrations currently happen (less than 1/week!). In the meantime AU moderators are certainly welcome to migrate questions to U&L when their only failure here is that they're about a Linux distribution that isn't an official Ubuntu distribution. – Gilles Aug 9 '13 at 9:59

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