Bait-and-switch Close “Options”
With the new close options recently implemented, when you click close on ELU, that takes you to a first-level menu of five different close options. From that first-level menu, if you select
off-topic because..., that then leads you to a second-level menu with yet another five different possibilities, one of which reads:
◎ This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network
And selecting that option leads you now to a third-level menu that contains one and only one so-called “choice”:
◎ belongs on english.meta.stackexchange.com
A one-item third-level menu is not a choice. It’s a bug. Moreover, . . .
. . . that’s ridiculous!
At a bare minimum, it’s a UI error that takes you to a 3rd menu that doesn’t even offer you any alternatives. (“You can have any color car you’d like, so long as it’s black.” )
If we are only allowed one “choice”, then that should be promoted back up to the 2nd-level menu instead of luring us to a 3rd-level menu where we aren’t even allowed to choose between more than a single item.
But I propose more than just fixing that bug. I propose that non-moderators be allowed to nominate a site to migrate the question to, instead of making us use a flag for it. That would make this menu item actually useful again; right now it is not.
It wouldn’t actually do it without a moderator’s intervention, but it would be a whole heck of a lot better than pretending to offer us the option to say that it belongs on another site and then bait-and-switching us with a meta-only migration path. That isn’t a real “option” at all.
If the Power That Be won’t even give us the mere possibility of nominating a target SE site — not migrating, just nominating for migration — I beg you to please remove the now-bogus “belongs on another SE site” non-option fake-out job and replace it with “belongs on meta ELU”.
It’s the least you can do. But more can be done, and should.