This has been a problem with Seasoned Advice for quite some time, and despite it being reported for 6 years remains unresolved and unaddressed.

We get a lot of questions that really belong on another SE Site. However, the "Close: Belongs on another site" option only lets us choose Meta. According to the other question, the SE interface only allows us to designate up to 5 other SE boards, so we can't cover all the probable ones.

As such, the obvious solution is to make this option "Close:Belongs on another site" with no site option specified or required. Since this is a "community-specific reason" it should be in the powers of our Moderators to address. No?

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The even simpler approach is to use either a custom flag where you can suggest a target site, a custom close reason, or just close as off-topic.

The number of migration candidates is so small that moderator flags are not causing any overload issues for the moderator team. As a side note we often double-check with the moderator team of the target site whether the question meets the rules, i.e. is on topic and meets the minimum quality requirements. A blind migration where the post gets immediately closed again and then is pushed back to us etc. is a very negative experience for the asker, especially considering that the questions are often posted by new(-ish) users that aren’t familiar with the SE system and its sites.

Technically, closing as “off-topic” would be also correct and sufficient, migration is a service we provide to the users. A blank “belongs to another unspecified site” is a just subset of “off-topic” and covered by that close reason.

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    That's fine, but in that case, remove the "belongs on another site" option. It's just bad UX to have it be there, but nonfunctional.
    – FuzzyChef
    Nov 6, 2020 at 6:05
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    Letting you in on a small detail: Mods access an extended UI when using the “belongs on another site” close reason. There we can select the specific migration target across the network, after checking that migrating is the appropriate action. And migrating to a site’s meta is still useful when it can be handled by the community sans necessary mod involvement.
    – Stephie Mod
    Nov 6, 2020 at 6:52
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    @Stephie : That's horrible UX to have someone see an option that's basically "oh, that's what I want ... but wait, I can't specify gardening, or whatever useful", and then have to put it in as "other". If the person isn't a moderator, it could always just create a message for the moderator about where the person submitting the complaint thinks the post should go, but require a moderator to actually trigger the move.
    – Joe
    Nov 30, 2020 at 13:58

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