I posted a question about which online tools can be used to keep track of movies I have already seen. Is it on topic?

In a broader sense - would a question about IMDB.com be on-topic?

Or is it a question suited for Super User?

What about this question?

Is there something similiar to IMDB top 250 movies?

It's not directly about movies, but one can see the connection, it's about the source of good movies.

I also did not ask on Web Applications because I guessed I can get a better answer on Movies, because of the users here.

  • It is good to ask the question - thank you, but personally I believe it was off topic.
    – iandotkelly Mod
    Dec 15, 2011 at 2:05

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Would questions about IMDB be on-topic?

No, unless it is to do with a reference that IMDB has pertaining to a movie. Questions about how to use a site, specifically webapps, are off-topic.

e.g. "IMDB has the synopsis as Paul going down the stairs, I have never seen that. Is there a special release version of this movie?" << This is okay.

Your question should be closed as not constructive (or not a real question) as it is a recommendation question asking for information without showing prior research. In its current form, it is just a polling question for what is out there.

Already mentioned in the comments on that question, the correct place would be Web Applications for end users of web applications.

Though as I said earlier, there was no effort to show prior research and be closed there as well.

On another note there is a private beta movie site available in meta.webapps.stackexchange.com


see Letterboxd

  • I can see the problem, that it should be on web app- but I dont see the problem with constructivnes. If someone ask identify-this movie he does not need to say how did he allready searched for the film. IMHO the poll is also a question.
    – Hurda
    Dec 14, 2011 at 22:17
  • @Hurda I have a problem with identify-this movie as well but there is a huge group that supports it. It's an exception that seems to be working on lit.stackexchange.com and scifi.stackexchange.com
    – phwd
    Dec 14, 2011 at 22:20
  • I don't have problem with identify this movie, I think it's perfect type of question, because it's hard to research if you don't know what you are looking for. Asking around is working. As is my polling question.
    – Hurda
    Dec 14, 2011 at 22:23
  • @hurda Polls SE wide are not welcome. So you have to bring up a valid strong case for your type of poll. As I said identify-this is an exception.
    – phwd
    Dec 14, 2011 at 22:24
  • "What's the best way to aproach this problem" is valid question on StackOverflow. I also narrowed down the problem to exact cryteria - not what do you think is the best.
    – Hurda
    Dec 14, 2011 at 22:32
  • @hurda You did, but as the close reason states "This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally involve facts, references, or specific expertise; this question will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion" At best your question is in the form of Let's go shopping
    – phwd
    Dec 14, 2011 at 22:41

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