I thought about this after reading this question, which simply asked if anyone could identify a movie where two boys were riding a bike. That's all there was to the clues.

I know we've had serious debates and discussions about movie identification previously so I hope this isn't bordering as redundant, but since we're still allowing identification questions I decided to go ahead and risk asking.

So I was reading this question and I was asking myself, if I were this person (the OP), would I bother asking this question with the little info I have? What else could I try to think of that might help?

That got me thinking, what is a good set of minimum details that an identification question should have? So far I've seen easy ones

  • B/W or color
  • Language (English, ...)
  • Time frame (when was the movie made)
  • Identify/describe main character(s) (protagonist/antagonist)
  • Identify type of movie (funny, sad, scary)

But really, even with this information and simply "there was a bike scene", that still doesn't equate to much.

Creating some kind of template to improve or prevent identification questions was the goal I imagined.

Looking at the stats for the site, we're lacking in questions per day and answers per question but we have a high answer rate and great traffic. I'd like to try and not dilute the good stats we have with poor quality questions that just can't be answered.

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    If you come up with a great template - I would happily get it put into the help somewhere.
    – iandotkelly Mod
    Commented Feb 27, 2014 at 23:25
  • Alright I'll try to think of something Commented Feb 27, 2014 at 23:51
  • Ahhh....i forgot my close vote on that one. Anyways i am always in favour of ID question but enough details is the initial requirement.
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 10:15


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