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This site encompasses computer science at all levels. This includes research-level questions about theoretical computer science which are also on-topic on our sister site Theoretical Computer Science.

In principle, the existence of other sites does not affect the scope of this site. I recommend reading Shog9's blog post Respect the community – your own, and others’. In particular (excerpted):

  • [Do not do] scope Gerrymandering: attempting to micromanage what’s on-topic in order to avoid overlap with other sites or simply drive away users seen as undesirable.
  • Do leave comments on questions that might get better answers somewhere else.
  • Don’t attempt to scavenge on-topic questions from other sites by asking the moderators there to migrate them to yours. Again, there’s no harm in leaving a comment suggesting that a question would be a better fit somewhere else. But focus on the questions that aren’t on-topic, or aren’t getting answered – snatching someone’s question (or answer) away without any forewarning is a slap in their face.

Given these considerations, are there any circumstances where we would migrate questions asked here to the TCS site? Here are a few things we might decide; this is of course not an exhaustive list of possibilities, and this question is a call for proposals (and a first attempt at finding a consensus), not a referendum.

  • Never migrate questions to TCS.
  • Only migrate questions to TCS if they would be on-topic there and they are the kind of “soft questions” that are generally not welcome on Stack Exchange, but work in “elitist” communities like TCS (such as big-list and research-practice).
  • Offer to migrate questions that would be on-topic on TCS if they have had no satisfying answer after a few days and the asker agrees.
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Your option three fits my opinion:

Offer to migrate questions that would be on-topic on TCS if they have had no satisfying answer after a few days and the asker agrees.

We have snatched badly-treated questions in scope overlaps from SO and math.SE, there is no reason why we should not act likewise in the other direction. Questions like this here are probably better off on cstheory.SE because they have the/more experts.

We have to be careful not to migrate non-research-level questions to them, though. That might require careful communication as, arguably, most of us are not really qualified to decide that.

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