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I note that there was a merge between astronomy and physics SE some time ago, before another astronomy SE was made. My question is, that if there is even a similar transfer, would badges and reputation of a user on the transferred site be transferred over to the other site?

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    $\begingroup$ The likelihood of this iteration of Astronomy getting closed is extremely low. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage Mod
    Apr 23, 2019 at 13:48

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Answering your questions directly,

if there is even a similar transfer, would badges and reputation of a user on the transferred site be transferred over to the other site?

No. The reputation and badges will be recalculated/awarded according to the current status of the account after their posts have been migrated.

This is the side-effects of the standard post migration. From the FAQ,

What is migration?

Migration allows an off-topic question to be gracefully moved to another site in the Stack Exchange network. It preserves the current revision of the question, all its answers, any comments on any post, as well as most of the votes.

Side effects of migration

  • The destination question's score is reset to zero if the origin question had a negative score. Otherwise, its score is retained, and the votes are attributed to the Community user.

    • The original scores are preserved for the answers, with the votes (again) being attributed to the Community user.
  • Answers on the origin site are deleted immediately upon question migration. (This causes a reversal of all associated reputation on the origin site.) The answers will be visible on the destination question.

  • The question is left as a stub, or pathway to the new site, for 30 days, after which it is automatically deleted. During this time, the stub question will be locked to preserve the post in its original state, and prevent comments and votes. (Again, this causes a reversal of all associated reputation on the origin site.) Note that the old link will continue to redirect to the new question even after that time.

(Emphasis mine)

So, reputation will be recalculated on both sites, and badges that are related to the post's score will be awarded again on the target site.

Note also that badges cannot be taken after awarded (except tag badge, because it depends on the amount of the answers and their score), so users can have both badges on the source and target sites after the migration.


Aside from that, it's also better to understand the reason for closing the old Astronomy.SE: inactivity. From the Physics.SE meta post and its linked blog,

when a site struggles to maintain any semblance of steady progress — when it’s struggling to garner an audience, a healthy core of experts, and a steady stream of questions — it becomes increasingly unlikely that the site will find a core audience to sustain it.

Next week, we’re shutting down six sites that fall into this category:

  • Astronomy

However, this site doesn't show any indicator of inactivity or in danger of getting shut down. There would be a meta announcement from the Community Manager long before the shutdown. So, there's no reason to worry about it :)

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you very much! $\endgroup$
    – Max0815
    Apr 24, 2019 at 0:08

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