Folks, this has been asked a few times, here and here for example. My feeling from both questions is that there was a lack of clear consensus on how to handle these. I'm hoping to get a definitive answer (largely due to this question which I've brought back to attention by editing it).
I think current we've all got slightly different opinions on this. I know one proposed solution was to allow identify-this-song if the correct film was listed and if some meaning behind why the OP wanted to identify the song was given.
I've no issue with the first part, but the second part just seems a little contrived. Imagine an OP posting a question saying "find me this song". We say it's off topic as there's no explanation why he's given it. He says "find me this song so I can understand the character of such and such better and why they would listen to such music". Is that really any better?
Examples of bad (but not closed) recent questions:
- Who is the musical group that performed at the end of an David Letterman show that I am describing (they performed probably in the 2000s)?
- What is the song playing in My Name Is Earl S4E4?
- Seeking complete list of music in Yorkshire TV Heartbeat
- Information on the soundtrack to the 1993 movie “Morning Glory”
- Does anyone know the version of the song “Strange Fruit” played in Criminal Minds S09E09?
These questions ALL are from September 2014 onwards and none of them have been closed or provide convincing reasons as to why they should be answered.
Take even some of the better questions from this period:
- Why is Walter White riding on “A Horse with No Name”?
- Usage of “The Sound Of Silence” in The Graduate?
Do they really provide ANY additional understanding of the movie? In both cases the answer is basically "the style of the song matches the mood of the movie/show". How is that additional analysis?
I'm just curious to know some views on this, since even if we do take the most upvoted answer(s) in the linked posts as gospel, it's clear they're not being followed.