I see this was asked a while ago in Offer Additional Options for "Off Topic" Flag - however this was answered with a clear "no" because we were a beta site at the time.

Recently I saw this question: Work breakdown of data project and thought it was more suited to Workplace as it is primarily about communication between a project planner and a researcher - the latter happens to be in a data scientist role.

Could we now add a few more sites than the current "should be on meta". Obvious choices include:

  • Stack Overflow, for coding bugs or advice using core language features not related to data science (perhaps the question asker just happens to be working on a data science problem in that language).

  • Workplace, for work relation and behaviour issues that just happen to involve data scientists (maybe - we have a sample of one here that triggered my Meta question)

  • Cross Validation - maybe, although we'd need to be clear with ourselves what the boundaries are when something stops being a Data Science issue and starts to be suitable for that site. I am suggesting it regardless though, because having that migration target may give us data samples on what the community thought on this long-running issue.

Maybe other sites would also be suitable, based on potential migrations others have seen on the site? For instance I suggested Cognitive Science Stack Exchange recently for a question, although that is a beta site so not possible.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm up for it, just don't know how one changes the options. I don't see any option for me to do it. $\endgroup$
    – Sean Owen
    Commented Oct 24, 2017 at 11:23
  • $\begingroup$ @SeanOwen We can take help from the folks at the Teacher Lounge chat. I'd wait a week more for answers before jumping into the task :) $\endgroup$
    – Dawny33
    Commented Oct 30, 2017 at 17:24
  • $\begingroup$ Is there any update to this? I stumbled over multiple questions where I would like to cast a closing vote with reference to other pages (e.g. multiple pure coding questions). $\endgroup$
    – Broele
    Commented Mar 23, 2023 at 20:28

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I think it would be helpful. Some thoughts on the potential list.

  • Open Data seems to be doing fairly well, and would seem to be a good target for migration. But as a beta site is not an option for migration? I recently moderator flagged on for migration, I think it got done.

  • Stack Overflow - This one can be tricky, because while the question may be programming related, they can often be poor enough quality to not be on topic at SO either.

  • Suggesting Cross Validation as a target is thorny. The discussion around the need to be clear with ourselves what the boundaries are is likely to bring out some trolls.

  • $\begingroup$ Note that some of the main ML package contributors now use github for tracking problems and route to SO for practical problems. (tensorflow / lightgbm) Might be usefull to take that into account. $\endgroup$ Commented May 25, 2022 at 9:30

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