While flagging questions,we have an option which says This is not about Ubuntu. Questions about other Linux distributions can be asked on Unix & Linux, those about Windows on Super User, those about Apple products on Ask Different and generic programming questions on Stack Overflow.

But what about other sites, like android enthusiasts.I think atleast we should be able to suggest all tech sites on SE network.

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    "other (needs ♦ moderator attention)" but make sure it follows the golden rule: DON'T MIGRATE CRAP. Is good idea dropping by the target site chatroom and ask the folks if they consider the question as a good one.
    – Braiam
    Commented Feb 17, 2014 at 5:58
  • Related: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/3749/…
    – user98085
    Commented Feb 17, 2014 at 5:58
  • Related: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/4220/…
    – user98085
    Commented Feb 17, 2014 at 5:59
  • Related: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/3914/…
    – user98085
    Commented Feb 17, 2014 at 6:00
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    @FEichinger can you put all those links into one comment? That would be better. Commented Feb 17, 2014 at 6:04
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    @adityapatil They're separate for a reason. Each of these comments follows a simple schema of "Related: {Link}", and each of these comments can be handled separately if needed (rather than having to get a moderator to edit it instead).
    – user98085
    Commented Feb 17, 2014 at 6:05
  • A link to the question you're referring to would be helpful! Or is this just a general query?
    – Flyk
    Commented Feb 17, 2014 at 8:30

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There will never be a complete list of alternative sites in the close reason. There are just too many (100+) and there is a character limit in the close reason. (I've suggested a possible alternative)

Thus, the "not about Ubuntu" flag is usually sufficient.

If you really feel that the question should be migrated, use a "needs ♦ moderator attention" flag, as they're the only people who can handle that anyways.

  • I suggested just tech sites.and we can always group them Commented Feb 17, 2014 at 6:03

There are two cases.

  • If it would have been better somewhere else but is acceptable here, don't close it at all.

  • If it's off-topic here because it's really not about Ubuntu, then use the "not about Ubuntu" sub-reason under off-topic. As minerz209 says, the correct site (if there is one) doesn't have to be listed in the description of the "not about Ubuntu" reason, for that reason to be used. It's a catch-all for questions that aren't about Ubuntu.

    If you're sure it's not about Ubuntu but think it would be unclear to others (the OP or other members of the community such as close reviewers), you can post a comment explaining why you believe it's off-topic and should be closed.

In Respect the community – your own, and others’, Shog9 explains about how one should not close otherwise on-topic questions just because they'd be better somewhere else:

Respecting your own community

As members of a community, your first loyalty should be to that community. When evaluating a question, you shouldn’t be looking to push it off on some other site; instead, ask if it could be appropriate and on-topic for you, the experts who the author decided to ask. Be a bit jealous of your site – don’t blithely turn askers away simply because their question could be asked somewhere else. Don’t hit them over the head with your scope, help them tailor their question to fit into it – and if that means your site’s scope overlaps a bit with another site’s, so be it.

Obviously, there are questions you’ll have to turn away, either because their only connection to your site is via the audience (“How do I make bread as a programmer?”), because it’s completely off-topic (“How do I cook a fish in a dishwasher?” obviously belongs on Cooking, not Home Improvement) or because they’re simply not useful or constructive. But that should be your last resort. Close questions with an eye toward improvement and re-opening, not driving users away.

(emphasis in original)

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