As the title states, I was flagging a wonderful question probing how to improve a risotto recipe (more arrowroot anyone?) and thought I'd take a step to assist the moderators by indicating which site it probably belonged to, however only meta.chemistry.se showed up among the choices. Is this a flaw or by design?
Ok, so I see I am (obviously) not the first to stumble on this very, very weird problem. Sure, I understand that first time this happens, you look around, maybe come here, search meta or post a duplicate post and get an answer, and learn how to respond next time you encounter a blatant off-topic (but good) question.
This is then by design, because you haven't bothered to update the options for migration, or otherwise have no power over the way off-topic flagging is handled.
To quote Laura, in a comment to an earlier duplicate question:
We don't currently set up migration paths until after a site leaves the beta phase. The notion is that while in beta, a site's on- and off-topic lists will likely be in flux a bit.
That was in 2014! Chemistry.SE is not beta anymore!
The lack of a streamlined response path wastes everyone's time, including yours who addresses this question probably a few times each year. Why is this so hard to fix?!
Rummaging around some more I came upon this answer to a duplicate of this question:
An important problem with including these migration paths into the UI would be the unnecessary flags generated by the less experienced users.
For example, moderators will get flags to migrate "significant figures" questions to Math.SE. Only those users who've read our meta posts would know that sig fig questions are on topic for Chem.SE. But many haven't read the meta, and they'll happily raise that flag.
The above is probably the only honest answer to that question, and even then, it suggests that identifying off topic questions is some sort of science rather than politics.
Now I don't doubt that some skills associated with navigating the site and taking appropriate actions take time to learn, but I suspect this problem - like the infamous homework policy is the equivalent of dust swept under the rug, or perhaps, as I mentioned, politics.
The above are minor, if not trivial problems, but I'd like to see anyone nominating him/herself as a future moderator address these.