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Currently the Help reads as such:

Identify-This-X Questions

Identification questions are currently on-topic for this site. Please try to give as much detail as possible:

Where you watched the movie or TV show
When you watched the movie or TV show
Any idea of how old it was
Any idea of country of origin (if known)
Whether it was animated or not
Any distinctive detail

See this question to get a feel of what we expect from a well rounded Identify-This-* question.

Identify-This questions are of limited use to other users of the site, and are asking people to spend some time identifying the Movie or TV show, so it is the responsibility of the person asking the question to try to answer clarifications within a reasonable amount of time, certainly within a day or so.

Identify-This questions may be deleted if it is considered that they are unanswerable and the person asking is not answering clarification comments. Questions from unregistered users unanswered after 2 weeks are liable to be deleted. Questions lacking in research, i.e. if a question is easily answered from an Actor's name on IMDB or Wikipedia will be closed.

There are two "Identify" subheadings, and the first one seems to contradict the "currently on topic" disclaimer.

Also, it should be "these" questions, not "this", and there should be an "it" between Wikipedia and will be closed.

  • Yeah, the english is not great - feel free to edit below and when we are happy, then I'll push it back to the help pages. – iandotkelly Jun 13 '14 at 18:12
  • There have been no edits for two days, so I took the content below and the changes I was suggesting for the 'off-topic' list from another question and updated the help. Please ping me if more edits happen. – iandotkelly Jun 15 '14 at 20:43
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Why don't I make this answer a community wiki and allow people to edit it until we're happy with it? .....


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Identify-This-X Questions

Identification questions are currently on-topic for this site. Please try to give as much detail as possible:

  • Where you watched the movie or TV show
  • When you watched the movie or TV show
  • Any idea of how old it was
  • Any idea of country of origin (if known)
  • Whether it was animated or not
  • Any distinctive detail

See this question to get a feel of what we expect from a well rounded Identify-This-* question.

Identification questions are of limited use to other users of the site, and are asking people to spend some time identifying the Movie or TV show, so it is the responsibility of the person asking the question to try to answer clarifications within a reasonable amount of time, certainly within a day or so.

Identification questions may be deleted if it is considered that they are unanswerable and the person asking is not answering clarification comments. Questions from unregistered users unanswered after 2 weeks are liable to be deleted. Questions lacking in research, i.e. being easily answered from an actor's name on IMDB or Wikipedia, might get closed.

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  • What is an "Identify-These question" though? Maybe "Identification question" would be the more appropriate term. – Napoleon Wilson Jun 13 '14 at 18:21
  • @NapoleonWilson - Now that you state it that way it reads different to me. I was taking the original dash as a separator from the rest of the paragraph, not as a tag representation. – JohnP Jun 13 '14 at 18:22
  • @JohnP Oh, now I get it (and I guess that's what confused me in the initial question). But in this case the lack of spaces would have been a severe formatting problem in the first place. – Napoleon Wilson Jun 13 '14 at 18:24
  • @NapoleonWilson - Fixed it. And I'm still not happy with the way the lack of research sentence reads, but it's closer. – JohnP Jun 13 '14 at 18:25
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The two subheadings do not contradict each other. One is saying that a properly asked "Identify-this" question is on-topic. Another is saying that if you don't properly ask it by following the guidelines, it will be closed. There's no contradiction there, it's just a rule which you must follow to not have the question deleted.

One thing you're definitely missing is "Identify-This" is a type of question. In that regard, your request to change "this" to "these" is invalid. You're simply misunderstanding the usage of the word "this" in this case.

The one thing I do agree with is that the word "it" does, in fact, belong between "Wikipedia" and "will be closed" on the last line.

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    "One thing you're definitely missing is "Identify-This" is a type of question. In that regard, your request to change "this" to "these" is invalid. You're simply misunderstanding the usage of the word "this" in this case." - As has already been successfully clarified to him in the comments of the other answer, though. – Napoleon Wilson Jun 29 '14 at 11:42
  • Apparently not, because I still don't see it. – Johnny Bones Jun 29 '14 at 18:02

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