# Migrating question with an accepted answer

The main question that lead to this discussion is: What does $\mathrm{ms}^{-1}$ mean?

Had I seen the question before there were any answers posted, I would have invoked my moderator powers and migrated it directly to Physics, since a physics question is likely to receive a better answer on a physics site. But when I saw the question, it has already been answered, and an answer had been accepted.

So the question on general policy of Off-topic questions that were asked with accepted answers: should we let sleeping dogs lie, or should we close them/boot them to their correct sites?

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From this, I gather that the "accepted" status is maintained post-migration; I thus would love to hear about the cons of performing such a migration. (And a user who was not before registered on the target SE site can flag to have his answer re-associated.) –  Ｊ. Ｍ. Aug 29 '11 at 13:14

I think that it's better to let the voting system handle it. I think a (credible) answer is an implicit vote that the question is on-topic. If enough other users vote that the question should be migrated that leaves everyone feeling satisfied, unlike if a moderator migrates the question unilaterally.

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There are two possible objections to this approach: most users in maths have some rudimentary backgrounds in other fields. Just because they can answer a question doesn't mean that it is on topic. Secondly: the migration target of Physics is not open for general 3K+ users, so any such migration has to be performed by a moderator. –  Willie Wong Aug 29 '11 at 13:18
I agree that just because we can answer a question doesn't mean it's on-topic, but if someone does answer the question I think we should let other people vote to migrate it, rather than asking the moderators to decide. –  Carl Mummert Aug 29 '11 at 15:14
As to this particular question, I don't think it's more related to physics than to math, because it doesn't seem to be related to anything. I just now voted to close it as not a real question. –  Carl Mummert Aug 29 '11 at 15:14