There is nothing in our What topics can I ask about? that outlaws list questions. There is nothing in our What types of questions should I avoid asking? that outlaws list questions. In his post Real Questions Have Answers, stackexchange co-founder Jeff Attwood states:
Constructive subjective questions:
inspire answers that explain “why” and “how”. tend to have long, not short, answers. have a constructive, fair, and impartial tone. invite sharing experiences over opinions. insist that opinion be backed up with facts and references. are more than just mindless social fun.
He elaborates to say that he would not recommend closing all poll questions but only "chatty, open-ended questions [that] diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page."
I would propose the following policy for considering list-type (or other possibly subjective) questions (continually edited per comments below).
Constructive subjective questions are welcome on Movies & TV S/E. Constructive subjective questions:
- inspire answers that explain “why” and “how”
- have a constructive, fair, and impartial tone
- elicit answers that can be backed up with facts and references
- have the potential to add to someone's enjoyment of a movie or TV show
- are not open-ended or hypothetical
- are likely to result in a possible "best answer" though multiple answers may equally contribute to answering the question
Questions that are likely to elicit a list of opinions that are not backed up by facts or references will be placed on hold until they are edited to be more useful to the community.
Not a good match for this site: Who is the best actor of all time? (opinion)
A better match: The film 8 Mile about rapper Eminem is said to be semi-autobiographical. Which parts of the film are factually accurate?
Not a good match for this site: How is the color red used symbolically in films? (too open-ended)
A better match: Birds show up in a lot of Hitchcock films. What do they symbolize?