# Pilfering more questions from Stack Overflow

I've been watching tags like signal-processing and image-processing on Stack Overflow, and there are a quite a few questions that would fall under our umbrella.

Our Area51 page says "Needs Work" for both number of questions and number of active users.

Can we be more aggressive about migrating applicable questions to this site? I post comments on some, but I don't want to be rude.

• +1 Very timely. – Phonon Dec 13 '11 at 15:17
• Can we get dsp.stackexchange.com added to the migration options for off-topic close votes on stackoverflow.com ? That should make it more likely that signal-processing and image-processing questions would get migrated to where they belong. – Paul R Jan 1 '12 at 14:38

Migrating good, recent questions is perfectly fine, and here's what I think about migrating old questions:

Please do not request for migration of old questions unless if it's really, really off-topic on Stack Overflow (or elsewhere) and a very good question for our site. Borderline and meager questions should be left alone where ever they are. If the OP of the post is not around anymore (greyed out) or hasn't visited in 2 years, please leave them where they are. If there's an old and interesting question but not migration worthy in its current form (either because of poor details in the question or crappy answers), please just re-ask the question here in a better form and in a manner that makes it on-topic for us.

However, I don't think stuffing our site solely with questions from StackOverflow is a good idea. Our primary goal should be to build the site and spread the word. In that sense, leaving comments, letting users know about our site and educating them about the kind of questions that are allowed, etc., is a better approach. We should be able to get questions on our own without having to mooch off a different site.

Don't go by Area51 numbers; they're bound to make the community do stupid things. Those guidelines are really ridiculous, and are thresholds that were set based on sites like cooking/Apple/etc., and are not realistic for a niche site (see crypto/theoretical physics, etc. for a comparison). They understand that too, which is why you see sites launch even with 3-4 questions/week. The important criteria here is traffic. As long as that doesn't show an upward trend, a site won't launch despite having stellar stats otherwise. Case in point: UX, On Startups, RPG, etc.

Right now we need to focus on two things:

1. Good quality questions & answers
It doesn't matter if we're still in beta or have a sketchy theme as long as people say this is a place that they can go for good signal/image processing answers.
2. Growth in traffic
This is a long term goal for us to eventually launch into a full fledged site. Remember that sites can remain in beta for as long as they want provided there's a good user base to ask/answer questions. Other than getting a dedicated theme (which would be cool), I see no other benefit to graduating.
• I don't understand why it's bad to migrate old questions, especially ones with crappy or zero answers. And traffic will increase if questions are migrated. Right now that traffic is going to Stack Overflow. – endolith Dec 13 '11 at 18:07
• @endolith I think I meant crappy answers with lot of upvotes. It's always an issue when such stuff is migrated, because the users who judged the veracity of that answer are not from this community and users here might be hesitant to post a better answer because it might never overtake the other given the head start and it might send a message that our users thought highly of a crappy answer. Here's an MSO discussion on that. However, if you find good questions (or those that can be fixed) with zero/bad answers, and the OP is around, then flag away. – Lorem Ipsum Dec 13 '11 at 18:13

Note also that there is a [signal-processing] tag on math.stackexchange.com:

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/signal-processing

I've been making comments to people there to post on dsp

• In fact, I noticed @endolith that you're guilty of posting there!!! – tdc Jan 11 '12 at 12:50
• Yes, before dsp.SE existed. :) – endolith Jan 11 '12 at 20:49
• Let you off then ;-) (although you do have the precognitive badge so I you should really have known!!!!) – tdc Jan 12 '12 at 8:54