I was trying to close this question about Postgresql: Getting locked out of Postgresql databases. The question didn't have any GIS content, so I thought it should be migrated to the dba.stackexchange.com site. One person had posted an answer recommending the OP come back at some point and do this, but I thought it would save time.

Upon choosing close, and choosing the Off-Topic option, this is what is shown to me. Off-Topic closure options

It seemed that the 4th option, "This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network", would be appropriate. Upon choosing that option, here is what I see: Off-Topic Migration option

The only option for a different site to migrate to is the meta.gis.stackexchange.com site. The "Vote to close" button is grayed out unless you choose this option.

So, for my question: If the suggestion is that the question belongs on another Stack Exchange network site, then why is the Meta site for GISse, the only available option?

I suppose it could be a means of control so that the moderators are the only people who actually migrate questions, but I thought it was worth asking, for clarity if nothing else. It seems to offer something that you are then not allowed to do. I do understand this question may not be appropriate for the Meta.GISse site, but it seemed the best starting place.

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    I've migrated it - but your question stands – Ian Turton Aug 15 '13 at 7:52
  • @iant - Thanks. – Get Spatial Aug 15 '13 at 8:12

I believe SE maintains fairly stringent control over migration because each such act affects multiple sites (except the migration to the associated meta pages). Therefore it requires a moderator to perform the migration. (Even your moderators' abilities to migrate are somewhat limited: we often consult with moderators on the target sites before migrating and migration of older questions is altogether prevented by the system.)

You can use the "Other" option to suggest a destination site: your comment will be presented to a moderator at the time they vote to close or migrate. Your suggestions in this regard are always helpful.

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    I think your suggestion that I use the "Other" option further highlights the problem of having a suggestion for migration that is essentially non-functional because it is so restricted. Since the close function offers the suggestion, we should be able to enter potential sites to migrate to, which could then be chosen by the moderators when enough votes were gathered. That definitely is a feature request though, and does nothing to clarify what is already there. – Get Spatial Aug 15 '13 at 15:28
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    Thanks for this suggestion, whuber. It feels like a work-around, but it seems the best way to suggest an alternate site (for the time being). Hopefully SE sees the value in the feature request from @Get Spatial. – user3461 Aug 16 '13 at 13:13
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    I just suggested (using other) that a question be moved "to" GSE today. I see that could potentially be a lot of work deciding what sites to make available to or from other sites. The "Other" with a comment seems like a Good workaround. – Brad Nesom Aug 20 '13 at 18:39

I think the whole procedure for migration of questions from and to other Stack Exchange sites needs a review. My suggestion for how to do it is here but I think @GetSpatial's question (+1) highlights why it seems anything but streamlined at the moment.

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