How do we want to handle questions about differences between remakes, adaptations, etc?

I believe questions asking for just general differences between two forms of media (one obviously being a movie version) or between an original vs a remake are off topic


However, asking about a specific difference and the reason the movie version had this difference should be on-topic

Opinions gladly welcome.

2 Answers 2


I perfectly agree with you. peroid.

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    yup, same here. you can't easily summarize an adaptation from one media to another, but asking about a specific difference could be ok as long as it's signifigant
    – DForck42
    Jan 12, 2012 at 17:16

Ok, I agree with questions being just about 'two forms of media' or format as off-topic. Completely. Also I agree about 'adaptations'.

However what is wrong with discussing the differences between an original and a remake? The question about The Producers is not great and would be closed on other grounds anyway - but in principal why not (good) questions about the differences?

From the examples above, they seem to be poor questions on other grounds, not because they are remakes or adaptations.

  • Maybe I'm too broad in using 'remake' as I want to allow questions about specific differences. Got a way to word it better?
    – Tablemaker
    Jan 13, 2012 at 19:41
  • Well, it could go into a 'list questions' section of the FAQ - discouraging questions that turn into lists - of which 'what are the differences between movie A and remake B.
    – iandotkelly Mod
    Jan 13, 2012 at 19:44
  • Yeah, questions that are just "What's the diff?" are just bad.
    – DForck42
    Jan 16, 2012 at 14:34

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