Will there be some time soon an effort to migrate blender related questions from other SE sites? I.e. Stackoverflow is full of 'em, and I'd imagine it'd be good to consolidate those into one place.
While it's technically possible to migrate questions, the migration paths are not set up until a site becomes well-established.
But beyond that technical limitation, building this community from the old, pre-answered questions of another site would do this site a terrible disservice. That's not how you want to build this site.
Forget for a moment that other site may not want their content removed like that (along with the the knowledge and reputation earned). Consider that, from day one, your brand new site will be filled with old, pre-answered "anonymous" questions — remember, the original authors are off on another site.
So, unless Blender questions have been deemed off topic on another site, we will not be migrating another site's content here.
I wouldn't start out this site by glomming off the content built by others. It would be very difficult to build a comprehensive, functional community by migrating a bunch of questions en masse.
I would also be really careful about trawling other communities for their users/posts. Unless a particular question is being closed as off topic, please don't start soliciting users to bring their content elsewhere. That would not be appropriate.
I agree that we should definitely transfer all the Blender-related questions we can, in order to help direct users to our site. In particular, I've noticed a significant number of Blender questions on:
- Stack Overflow
- Game Development
- Ask Ubuntu
Comment to this post if you know of another SE site with a lot of Blender content.
Therefore, if you are a member of another stack exchange site, and you see a new question that is suitable for Blender.SE you can flag it with other and ask that it is migrated.
As stated in previous answers, migrating old content is not to be encouraged.
But is a question is off topic for the other site, but about blender, you could consider migrating it.
Encouraged by this discussion I asked Setup of PyDev and Eclipse for Blender Add-Ons now this question is likely to get closed as off-topic.
After it has been closed I will simply post it on SO. Anyway it represents a type of question that seems suitable to define the limits of on-topic.
The post on SO was ignored (no upvotes, less views): https://stackoverflow.com/questions/16821865/setup-of-pydev-and-eclipse-for-blender-add-ons
At here it has currently 5 upvotes which indicates that more users than me have an interest to get this solved. having that said we could rethink whether questions like that should be on-topic.