I'd like to chime in here as a regular on U&L. First of all, I have to agree with Oli that our crap threshold is much lower on U&L. We tend to be far more aggressive with closing questions than AU and we seem to feel more strongly about having quality questions. That said, there are many Qs I've seen here that have been closed but would have been ...
You're right, the question isn't off-topic. It was as migrated to Unix and Linux only because the OP requested it in a flag.
Usually if you ask for your question to be moved we are happy to oblige, especially if you aren't getting a satisfactory answer here.
I'm afraid we can do neither. Questions older than 60 days cannot be migrated and we can't merge without migrating.
Only questions which are less than 60 days old can be migrated; this rule also applies to moderators.1
1 After 60 days, migrations can only be performed by Stack Exchange employees. These are performed only in very, very rare ...
It's usually not the questions that make this site different from Unix & Linux, but the answers. Almost all the questions asked here are on-topic on Unix & Linux, after all (the rare exceptions would be questions about the Ubuntu project or online services associated with Ubuntu, which U&L might consider off-topic). What makes this site ...
I'm of the opinion migrations just don't work. I've said most of this before but I'll add in some Unix.SE-specific arguments
What is "crap" on Unix.SE and other sites?
I would say we have a higher tolerance for the crappier question than most sites. There will be lacking information (that we tease out in comments) or just failing to Google (how many bloody ...
I definitely agree that more migration targets should be provided. There is only one path to Ask Ubuntu Meta currently and we can only ask for migration to different sites by raising a moderation flag and describe the migration in our own words.
I would like to see the following migration targets available on Ask Ubuntu (probably in the stated order). I am ...
There are two sorts of migrations:
Site to Meta: The question is taken from the main site and plonked in the meta site. Anybody who can close-vote suggest one of these.
Site to Site (or another meta): The question is sent somewhere else in the Stack Exchange universe. Only moderators can do this.
If you want something migrating fast, you'll do best just to ...
You should look at some of the questions we get here: Most end users don't know the difference between Ubuntu, Lubuntu, Kali, Mint, Elementary, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows. (And I've seen all of the aforementioned and some more...)
So: go ahead, post your question, give as an absolute minimum the lsb_release --short --codename&&uname --...
We can and we do.
In this case I was in the middle of contacting the mods on the other site to see if they wish to take it. We tend to close – ask – and then migrate if necessary.
There is a judgment call as to what is "good to migrate" and what is "not good to migrate". Ask Ubuntu mods cannot generally make this call unless they have some expertise.
If it's not off-topic we don't expect the user to take the time to learn about another site, get an account and so on. We only migrate if the question is off-topic. Otherwise, it's perfectly fine to ask a programming question on AU, as long as it relates to Ubuntu.
The right course of action I think is to remind them of the other site(s), in a comment. And ...
That's a good question, it was migrated by a vote from five other users, but it might be premature given the scant information provided by the OP. At this point I think the question is essentially "lost" the author hasn't been back to the site since they asked and closing it as NARQ might be the way to go.
First, I'm not encouraging moving a question to another stack site.
So if you want it moved and you don't have any answers yet you can just delete it.
If you have answers, you can flag it so the mods see it. Use the custom flag and say why you think it would receive a better response on UL.
Cross-posting to multiple sites is not permitted by network policy. This is to keep people from using an arbitrary shotgun approach in hopes of getting their question seen somewhere. You might contact the user to give them a gentle reminder about the policy, but if the activity continues, you can deal with that user directly.
But for dealing with a rare ...
As often, this has been noticed for a long time on other sites: Migrated question's answers can be upvoted twice by the same user.
Jeff's answer that this is by design makes zero sense to me.
I would in fact prefer to reset votes on migrated question, which would make this bug moot.
My rationale to date for resisting open migrations is "because migrations are rubbish":
Cannot specify other SE groups for transfer
Activate migration paths to Unix and Linux, should we?
I maintain those stances. Essentially if we collectively do something wrong like closing or deleting a post, we can undo it. If we collectively shunt rubbish around, we ...
Moderators can migrate things to any SE site but (and this is rather a huge but) moderators and users of other sites don't want junk posts being sent in. There have been numerous complaints in the past about bad posts being sent over to other sites just because they're more relevant.
Therefore, the only times we'll really consider a migration to another SE ...
Migration process to another site:
Close question in Ask Ubuntu
Go for coffee so you don't make quick judgements over the post
Look at the post again and judge the level of interest and quality
If it looks good contact the mods on the sites you think that post can fit and ask them if they are interested in having it migrated there
Go for another coffee ...
If it is a question about general graphic design, like yours, you have much better chances of getting a good answer in those sites, a good graphic designer, even if he has only experience in Photoshop can help you more than most people here. I'd migrate it.
But if the question is related to the use of Gimp in Ubuntu (like where does it store it'...
The question itself is a bit borderline, but I'm leaning toward on-topic. However, asking "What OS will run program" isn't on-topic on any SE site that I know of.
You might be able to get a moderator to refund the bounty before a migration, but most likely it will just disappear into nothingness.
It should not be migrated for two reasons:
The fact that it is more on-topic on another site doesn't mean it's off-topic here. The subject of the question applies to Ubuntu in full regard. Moreover, if the OP only uses Ubuntu distributions this is even a better place than UL, because all the answers regarding other OSs like BSD/Sun, etc. might be totally ...
Ultimately you can't vote to migrate a question anywhere but meta. There are so called "migration paths" that would enable slots in the close dialog, but these "paths" have been closed for quite a while due to misuse of the feature in the early days of the site.
Previous attempts to have them opened have met with moderator resistance.