A few days ago, I voted to migrate an off-topic question about Jenkins to Stack Overflow. The question was certainly off-topic for U&L, but ultimately it was migrated to Super User instead of SO.
This bothers me. There's a lot of overlap among IT/tech/programming/software SE sites, so there are multiple SE sites where Jenkins questions would be appropriate. I follow the Jenkins tags on all of them, but Jenkins questions on Super User receive essentially no attention compared to other SE sites that also have a Jenkins tag. As far as I was concerned, migrating the question to SU was basically consigning it to a future of zero views, zero votes, and zero answers.
I maintain my position that SO is a more appropriate place for this question than SU. The Jenkins community on SO is far, far more active than the community on SU:
- There are over 30,000 questions in the Jenkins tag on SO compared to just 148 on SU.
- There are hundreds, perhaps thousands (I don't have access to exact metrics) of active users in the Jenkins tag on SO compared to only dozens on SU.
- There have been more Jenkins questions and answers in the past week on SO than there have been in the entire history of SU.
The reason for migrating the question to SU instead of SO appears to be because the question wasn't directly about programming:
This is a user question, and has nothing to do with programming. If it’s not specific to Unix&Linux, it belongs on Super User.
I don't think this is a valid reason for choosing SU over SO.
First, many existing questions in the Jenkins tag on SO, including the highest-voted non-closed questions of all time (1 2 3 4 5) have absolutely nothing to do with programming per se, so based on existing questions, whether the question is about programming or not doesn't appear to be a good criterion for whether or not the question is appropriate for SO.
Second, it's explicitly the case that SO isn't only a place for programming questions; it's also a place for questions about tools for programmers and developers. Even if Jenkins questions don't have much to do with programming, Jenkins is still a software development tool, and SO's own help pages state that questions about software development tools are still appropriate for SO. From the SO help topic "What questions can I asked about here?", questions on the following topic are considered appropriate for SO:
software tools commonly used by programmers
For the sake of comparison, Git is another better-known software development tool that has a very active community on SO even though many of the questions and answers about Git on SO aren't necessarily about programming.
Finally, I would like to point to an existing near-identical question on SO with multiple upvotes and answers as evidence that the question is appropriate for SO.
So, in conclusion: The aforementioned question was more appropriate for SO than for SU, would've received more attention on SO, and should not have been migrated to SU.
I'm guessing that, since the aforementioned question has already been migrated to SU, there's nothing U&L can do to reverse that change. If that's the case, then this meta U&L question is just about whether to migrate future off-topic questions in the Jenkins tag to SO instead of SU (of course, ultimately these will have to be decided on a case-by-case basis, but my position is that SU is a really poor destination for Jenkins questions in general). Since the question is technically on-topic for SU, I suspect it will remain there, even though it's very unlikely to get the attention that it deserves there. If that's not the case, and we can undo the migration, than this question is also about whether the aforementioned question can be re-migrated to SO.