# Can we clarify the off-topic closing options?

Evidently, when we vote to close a question as off-topic and appropriate for Stack Overflow, the thread will not actually be migrated unless we select:

close
-> off-topic because…
-> This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network
-> belongs on stackoverflow.com


Put differently, if we select:

close
-> Questions about programming are off-topic here unless they involve statistical
analysis in some fashion, but they can be asked on Stack Overflow.


the question will simply go [on hold] for a period of time, and eventually be closed automatically. I did not realize this, and I gather it was an issue on programmers.SE as well. Thus, I wonder if others were also using the latter option because it is more salient, rather than because they wanted to close the question without it being migrated.

I'm wondering if we can edit the options that appear when you vote to close to make this clearer. I don't have a specific suggestion on how to do that; I'm open to ideas that people have and I'm not even sure what options are possible. I don't want to prevent people from being able to close without migrating if that's their intention, but I don't want posters to end up in limbo due to confusing design.

Side question: Can this thread be migrated?

• I had no idea. Thanks for raising it and thereby leading to things working in a better way. – Glen_b Sep 8 '13 at 4:02