The question "https://gardening.stackexchange.com/questions/11045/where-do-trees-get-their-shape" seems to be off topic here, and on-topic for Biology Stack Exchange. Are we keeping it simply for trying to expand the user-base? Won't that create problems later, from people trying to ask more of this type of question here, when they see that one?
As I write this, the question has no close votes. None! Instead, it has:
- 34 views,
- two upvotes,
- no downvotes,
- a comment from an 8k rep user (you) suggesting migration to Biology.SE, and
- an upvoted answer from a 14k rep user suggesting migration to Biology.SE
Please, if you think something is off-topic, vote to close it. This sends a much stronger signal than merely leaving a comment, and since it adds the question to the "Close Votes" review queue, it engages other site members in the process of closing it (or not).
We don't have any predefined migration paths set up because we're still a beta site, so suggest migration to Biology.SE in the custom close reason.
close > off-topic because... > Other > something something [biology.se] something something
As a pro-tempore moderator, I'm trusted and empowered to take unilateral action to close off-topic questions, especially if they're actively harmful to the site. But I neither want to nor should I have to do to it all the time. I'm supposed to take my lead from the wishes of the community.
In this case, I thought the question was marginal and would have helped to close it, if it had started to accumulate close votes. However, it's very hard for me to know what to do when people's words and actions are in conflict like they were in this instance.