I found a question that I think will be better suited on either ELL or ELU. But when I try to flag the question using This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network, All I can see is MTV Stack Exchange Meta site. There's no option to any of other sites in Stack Exchange network.

I found this meta post which suggested that being a beta site, that option is still to come. But MTV Stack Exchange is not in beta now.

So, how a normal user (not a moderator), flag a question should be migrated into some other Stack Exchange site other than Its own Meta?

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    Uh, disregarding the general problem you're asking about, are you sure this question is appropriate for English Language Learners or English Language & Usage? I don't have too much experience on these sites (neither do you seem to, though), but this doesn't look remotely on-topic for them. He's not asking what the phrase means, merely for a list of cool scenes it's used in.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Commented May 3, 2019 at 9:05
  • @NapoleonWilson case that may be, I was just trying to suggest that it may be better on those sites. I even provided a comment for OP, providing my insights and suggesting the same thing I tried to do(comment has been deleted now, dunno why or by whom), thing is, this is such rare moment when I see something in this regard on MTV SE, which made me the path for my problem.
    – Vishwa
    Commented May 3, 2019 at 9:10
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    Yes, I deleted that comment, though, as it seemed to be entirely misunderstanding the question and with the suggestion of rather inappropriate sites to ask it on, could be actively harmful.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Commented May 3, 2019 at 9:12
  • meh..I just read it again. maybe I was drunk earlier. anyway, my meta post ($this) is not harmful eh?
    – Vishwa
    Commented May 3, 2019 at 9:14
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    @Visha No, don't worry, the general meta post still makes sense (and I'm currently writing an answer).
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Commented May 3, 2019 at 9:17
  • yay! Although AJ has a good answer, it doesnt make sense why display that option if it's unusable
    – Vishwa
    Commented May 3, 2019 at 9:22
  • Though, in fact it might actually be a duplicate of Where are our migration options?
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Commented May 3, 2019 at 9:32

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In general a question belonging on another site is in itself not an appropriate close-reason. The primary question you have to ask is, is it on-topic on this site? Granted, the specific question is indeed not appropriate for our site and has been closed as such. Though, I strongly doubt it's on-topic for either ELL.SE or ELU.SE, though, but let's concentrate on the general problem for now.

Yes, the migration option is directly part of the off-topic close-reason. That is a bit of a design flaw (and quite a legacy relic really), suggesting that being on-topic elsewhere could be a reason for it to be off-topic here. But, it's really not.

Anyway, so what is that option for and how can you suggest a question for migration. A site can indeed have other sites there in addition to just its own meta site. But these options have to be activated manually (normally by SE employees called into action by the moderators after corresponding meta discussions deeming it a good idea). However, this only happens when it is necessary and seeing how we migrate about a single question every 3 years to ELU.SE, it's simply not worth it.

The general approach nowadays, especially on such low-frequency sites like us, is to leave migrations to the moderators and not have a ton of different sites there, since as described above this can have the disadvantages of encouraging overeager migration close-votes just because a question might "fit better" somewhere else. If the question is off-topic here, then close it as such with an approrpiate reason. This motivation is also elaborated in the answers to this related question.

Then we can think about possibly migrating it to a place where it is on-topic, but we'd rather leave that to the responsibility of the moderators who can very well deal with the work of ~1 migration a month. You can support the moderators and/or the asker in doing so with helpful comments or even custom moderator flags. However, when doing so, please make sure that it is really appropriate on the other site (or at least explain in the comment that you're unsure about this). Having the asker reask it on another site only for it to get closed again there too is a really unpleaseant experience for everyone involved.

  • Rarely seen is right, anyways, this makes clear for me. combining both yours and AJ's answers, I think I get it now. being rare doesn't bring up the necessity to update website itself by SE developers, and will notify moderators if I see something hereafter and wont come here drunk ;)
    – Vishwa
    Commented May 3, 2019 at 9:34

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