The feature request in this post is at the bottom; I will first highlight why I think it should be implemented. Currently, when I go to close-vote a question I see the following pop-up menu:
If I click the second option (as most close-voters usually do in my experience) I am presented with the following menu:
Now, if I feel like the question belongs on math stackexchange in its current format I would typically click the second option above -- I just recently found out that this is the incorrect course of action to get the question migrated in its current format. To achieve that, I should have been clicking the third option above labeled 'This question belongs on another site in the stackexchange network', bringing up the following menu:
From here, if I click the second option and vote to close (and at least two other voters do as well) the question will, upon recieving it's fifth close vote, immediately be migrated to math stackexchange in its current format with all answers and net-positive vote scores intact, and any net-negative vote scores reset to $0$. (also any associated rep gains here will be wiped and transferred over to math stackexchange).
This seems, to me, a very counterintuitive system.
- Why is there an option to vote that something 'belongs on math stackexchange', which then just closes the question here?
- Why is this option the easy one to find, while the option that actually migrates the question is hidden behind an additional pop-up menu?
I see two potential options to make things more intuitive:
We change the menu so that the obvious option in the second pop-up menu (that everyone clicks when they want a question migrated) actually migrates the question if it receives $\geq$3 votes, and we eliminate the (after implementing the first suggestion) redundant second option in the third pop-up menu. We should also add language explicitly explaining how the migration process works to this option.
We keep the second option in the second menu as is, and use it to close questions that belong on math stackexchange but need imporvement from the OP before they're suitable and consequently shouldn't be migrated as is. We also move the migration option to the second pop-up menu so it's on equal footing with the close option, however, and we add language explicitly explaining the difference between the two options: one is for questions that are fine on math stackexchange as-is and should be teleported over there instantly, and one is for questions with appropriate content but requiring significant editorializing before they are appropriate for migration.
Those of us feeling particularly generous could even edit the question to make it appropriate, then vote to migrate it. Although there may be concerns about low-quality migrations happening more often, in my experience when people feel a question is also too low-level for math stackexchange they will simply click the first option in the second menu (and alert the OP if they want to be nice), avoiding undesirable question migration.