I have been trying to link a few raised questions as duplicates, as I have seen answers to them on the main stackoverflow. However when I suggest closure and try to link to stackoverflow I am unable to do so?

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Without knowing what questions you are referring to, first consider if we should be sending valid questions/users off to another site.

Respect the community — your own, and others’

But on a technical note, it is not possible to close a question as a duplicate of one on another site. Migration paths are not added until a site becomes a lot more established, so if a question truly belongs somewhere else, you can 'flag' it for Moderator attention. But even then, migrations are fraught with problems so we don't generally recommend them anymore.

Migrations are used sometimes (should be rarely) to preserve long-standing content. But if the author simply asked a question on the wrong site, you should politely ask them to re-post their questions in the context of the correct site.

But posts sent off to another site means removing everyone's reputation that goes with it, and orphaned posts are often greyed out as anonymous when the authors don't have an account on the target site. You also end up with odd-looking comments that don't quite fit, and the posts/voting may not fit tone and posting convention of the target site. So generally speaking, migrations do not work that well, so they are generally not recommended as a routine way to shuffle questions off to another site.

  • Hmm okay, make's sense. The questions are sitecore related and belong here. Similar questions exist however on SO. Which is why I asked this. For now I am answering questions and linking to the original source.
    – Anicho
    Oct 5, 2016 at 13:55
  • @Anicho Incidentally, creating a system for cross-site duplicates has been floated (by me) as a way to address the problems associated with migration. Oct 5, 2016 at 14:15
  • That would be nice, and I think the community would happily help migrate. Any way of keeping track of wish list feature requests?
    – Anicho
    Oct 5, 2016 at 14:20
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    The big wish list is crowd-sourced on the meta support site of Stack Exchange, questions tagged [feature-request] — meta.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/feature-request Oct 5, 2016 at 14:41

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