This is my first day on this site, so I'm asking here to make sure I've understood the rules. Basically, I want to know what's your policy towards picture-only indentify-this-movie questions.

My question has currently received -3 votes (which really frustrates me, as a new user), but I found on this site many positively-voted indentify-this-movie questions which merely contain a picture without providing extra information (which frustrates me further). Here are some examples: example1, example2, example3, to name just a few.

Why is it? What does my question lack?

BTW: If you really think my question worth downvoting, please at least leave a comment to explain the reason.

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    Please don't let this discourage you from participating here. Unfortunately, those types of questions are off-topic for this site. I agree that you should have not been flooded with downvotes or at least have received some feedback on why. Try exploring the site some more and I am sure that you will love it like I do :) Commented Dec 18, 2016 at 18:37
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    Unfortunately, not many people comment when downvoting for fear of reprisal (aka "Serial Downvoting"). Image only questions tend to get downvoted, especially when the image is a link to a sketchy site. At that point, it's feared that the post is SPAM and/or the link leads to a virus-infected site. Commented Dec 23, 2016 at 15:19

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The examples you have provided are 2-3 years old. The site policy for Identification questions has been changed since then.

With a huge numbers of bad questions accumulating on the main site, a stricter policy was introduced.

What an identification question should contain is mentioned here. Detailed ID questions makes it easy to identify a movie/TV show/actor.

In order to identify a movie/TV Show/actor provided with a picture, you can see this question.

You can try to give as much details as possible when identifying something from picture, such as where and when did you find it, source(if available), etc.

  • What if the only evidence I have is that picture? I've searched around, but found nothing helpful...
    – nalzok
    Commented Dec 18, 2016 at 7:47
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    Of course, you have found that picture from somewhere; you didn't create one. Therefore, you can also mention the source, which will also helpful.
    – A J Mod
    Commented Dec 18, 2016 at 8:19
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    Wont matter. Picture only questions are still off-topic even if you link to its source.
    – cde
    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 3:00

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