Obviously is to not cross-post at all. If I asked a question on Math.SE the crickets chirp, how do I move it to MO? Or rephrase in an acceptable way?

I think we've all done it one or twice asked a question that is better suited in a different forum. I don't have the authority to migrate my own questions. How can I remedy this type of situation?

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    $\begingroup$ I don't get what is meant by "crickets chirp". $\endgroup$ – user62675 May 31 '14 at 4:17
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    $\begingroup$ @Sanath: Google Is Your Friend. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Mod May 31 '14 at 6:28
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    $\begingroup$ Generally speaking I think it is better to avoid figurative idioms here. $\endgroup$ – user9072 May 31 '14 at 8:14
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    $\begingroup$ @quid: Can we still use colloquial metaphors? :-) $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Mod May 31 '14 at 8:36
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    $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila "avoid" was a bit strong, but I think the key point of a post should not depend on it. But, what actualluy made me write my comment, is first an foremost that OP independent of that is quite sloppily written: the strange start of body; the "Or rephrase in an acceptable way?" here, there, what does this mean exactly. And, second your somewhat dismissive comment: lmgtfy got band for a reason on SO. $\endgroup$ – user9072 May 31 '14 at 8:41
  • $\begingroup$ @quid: I don't have a user account on SO, so it is impossible that I have posted that comment there. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Mod May 31 '14 at 8:46
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    $\begingroup$ @Asaf not sure there is a confusion but in case: linking to the service lmgtfy is banned on SO as it happened so often (maybe the entire network even) [as opposed to somebody named lmgtfy getting banned over something] $\endgroup$ – user9072 May 31 '14 at 8:52
  • $\begingroup$ @quid: I think that between the two of us, I managed to confuse you with my last comment, and not vice versa. :-) $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Mod May 31 '14 at 9:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Asaf: okay, yes, I meant to use a semi-colon instead of a colon. (But "on SO" would then be part of the alledged comment so that you pointing out not having an account on SO is not really pertinent.) As usual, an amusing exchange, but I need to leave now. :-) $\endgroup$ – user9072 May 31 '14 at 9:12
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    $\begingroup$ Timing: Wait two weeks before concluding "there are no answers". $\endgroup$ – Gerald Edgar May 31 '14 at 16:04
  • $\begingroup$ I agree that to wait a bit can make sense. But, two weeks seems way too long. $\endgroup$ – user9072 May 31 '14 at 23:11
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    $\begingroup$ Some relevant discussions at meta.MSE: Cross posting, or flag for migration? and Moderator Supported (Official) Guidelines for “Legitimate” CrossPosting?. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jun 1 '14 at 6:18
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    $\begingroup$ I suggest reading Martin's linked items. In particular, lack of feedback at MSE is not a good reason for posting on MO. You really should consider whether or not the question is suitable for MO as the primary criterion for posting on MO. $\endgroup$ – Ryan Budney Jun 1 '14 at 21:37
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    $\begingroup$ @quid Honestly, I think you are being too harsh on the OP. You of all people ought to be careful about calling people out on their sloppy language; I have trouble parsing most of the things you write (your comments above are no exception). To return to the query: I second what Ryan said. "Rephrase in an acceptable way" (i.e., acceptable for MO) is a slightly loaded phrase. $\endgroup$ – Todd Trimble Mod Jun 2 '14 at 12:21
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    $\begingroup$ @quid Your last comment was very well written (some users would be better off writing in their native language, but you are not among them). :-) I thought the OP was tolerably clear, if colloquially written: "crickets chirp" normally means dead silence from the audience. That can be taken to mean at a minimum that no one answered (would that be enough quantification?), and I would certainly interpret it also as saying that there were no comments, if that matters. I think I disagree it was very convoluted (I could follow it anyway), but I take your general point: clarity is always desirable. $\endgroup$ – Todd Trimble Mod Jun 2 '14 at 13:27

You can flag the post for moderator attention on MSE, choose the free-form flag and ask for a migration to MO.

Another option, which is useful when the crickets really chirp, and you haven't got any comments either, is to simply delete the question and post it anew on MO.


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