When should one use a section sign (the link is only for 10k users) has been voted as off-topic and better suited to writers.SE by 5 users, but the question was simply closed.

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/39343/is-it-always-ok-to-use-the-verb-to-say-after-a-question has been voted to be migrated from all the users who voted to close it, but the question is still not migrated. This time I have been sure to check twice how many users voted to migrated, and before I voted too, they were 4.

Did I miss a new feature announcement, or is this the way it should work since the beginning? Is there a bug, or did not all the voters vote to migrate?

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  • That's very odd that it happened a second time—I've updated my answer in response. @simchona No such process exists, although it's been proposed and rejected on MSO before. – waiwai933 Aug 27 '11 at 6:37
  • @waiwai933 I am just sorry I didn't think of taking a screenshot; as justification, I can say I was really thinking the question was going to be migrated, but I keep hitting the wall with my head all the times I think of the opportunity I missed. Who knows when another question will be voted to be migrated from 5 users out of 5. – kiamlaluno Aug 28 '11 at 22:42

and do not exist on Writers.

To prevent a back-door for creating tags, when a question is voted to be migrated, the tags are checked on the destination site. Any tags that don't exist will be stripped from the question. If that process leaves a question without any tags, then it will simply be closed as off-topic. Mods can override this, notice how this question is tagged with [untagged].

(Not sure I understand the migration on the "to say" question, but that's a different matter I guess.)

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  • That explains why a recent question has been successfully migrated without a vote from moderators, and the questions I am referring to were not migrated. Thank you for the explanation. – kiamlaluno Aug 28 '11 at 23:45

Unfortunately, only a dev can view the specific close votes, so I can't speak as to this situation precisely, but I do want to mention two things:

  • Is it possible that some of the close voters selected off topic but not belongs on writers? That would show up as 4 votes to close as off topic, which you have to click through to get to the subselection and might be what you saw.

  • The user has reposted the question on Writers, which is why I've deleted the question and not migrated it.

About the second instance:

  • Since you double-checked, and given the question, I'm 100% sure that the votes were migration votes, and the only other way a migration can be blocked is by a mod voting to close for a different reason. This didn't happen, so I've retagged your question in the hope that it'll kick a dev into looking at this.

  • I reopened and reclosed (with migration) the question, which seems to have worked. The revision history is still there if anyone's interested.

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Apparently, fewer than three of the five people who voted to close that question believed it belongs on Writers. Thus, it was simply closed instead of being migrated.

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  • Strange, I was sure that all the users selected the checkbox to migrate it to writers.SE; I checked that before to select it myself. If I saw that just 2 users suggested to migrate the question to writers.SE, I would have not suggested the migration. It is probable that not all the users voted to migrate, if a bug didn't kick in. – kiamlaluno Aug 17 '11 at 14:44
  • I know I selected to migrate. Is it possible for a mod to still do so? – simchona Aug 17 '11 at 20:54

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