A lot of people move into test automation from a manual testing background and, as such, get stuck on Programming 101-type questions, like "How do I use conditionals". Do they belong here? I believe they are SO questions, but I suspect they'd be closed if we migrated them for being too basic...


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I think this is the answer. We check SO for a duplicate answer, and if we find one, we mark the SQA question as a dup with a reference to that SO answer. If we don't find a dup, we migrate them to SO and hope that it's answered there.

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    If we know it's going to be closed as a dupe on SO then we should not migrate. We should simply link and close from here. There's already over 8000 questions on SO that need close-vote attention, we don't need to add fuel to the fire. We've talked about this in TL before, it's poor etiquette to send something you think has a high chance of being closed.
    – corsiKa Mod
    May 7, 2015 at 14:58
  • Thanks. I updated my answer to reflect your comment.
    – user246
    May 7, 2015 at 15:15
  • I don't think we can mark them as cross-site duplicates? But we can migrate and let them close, it doesn't count as a failed migration if the close reason is "duplicate". It's not the most polite thing, but I don't see much other option in the tooling. May 18, 2015 at 13:17
  • That's true, but as @corsiKa pointed out, SO is already overwhelmed with questions that need close-vote attention, so we need to find a different approach.
    – user246
    May 18, 2015 at 13:22
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    @Yamikuronue I will catch a lot of hell in TL (the mod chat) if I migrate questions they just have to close anyway. They'll probably say something like "You have 50k SO rep and can't tell when a question needed to just be closed? GTFO."
    – corsiKa Mod
    May 19, 2015 at 16:34
  • @corsiKa So how do we close as a duplicate of a question on another site? Last I checked, it's not technically possible. May 19, 2015 at 16:39
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    I would close as Off Topic, with a custom reason of "low quality programming problem" or something similarly appropriate.
    – corsiKa Mod
    May 19, 2015 at 16:42

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