Slightly different from "Where can I buy X?" questions, are questions about locating archives which may contain old films or old TV episodes valid? I thought they were valid and posted three of them and quickly deleted them after one was downvoted with a link to the above meta conversation. Two were about locating old quiz show episodes from the 1960's and one was about locating a silent film. I was disappointed because I put in an amount of research for each question which I would expect would to be reasonable for a good question on StackOverflow or SciFi.SE. Is there a way to make these questions less localized and acceptable for this site? I would really like to locate these old videos if they are out there.
Thanks for taking the time to ask a question on Meta, and it would be interesting to see whether people's opinions on this issue has changed. The question is not that far from Where can I buy ? - and we might merge the answers from this into that at a later point.
I am sympathetic to your hunt for old material, but I think you will find that even at a level above meta.movies that such questions might fall into two categories that are frowned upon generally in stack-exchange:
Too Localized - a retailer or other provider that can provide these movies may be localized geographically or the information goes out of date quickly. Stack exchange is attempting to build a resource of questions that can be useful for some time, and not limited to a specific country.
It is a "list question" - i.e. it tends to solicit a number of equally valid answers, none of which is the 'accepted correct one' - which is kind of the format of this site.
Then there is the argument that it may be off-topic for this site as it is more about distribution.
Personally I wonder whether we can be slightly too rigid in applying these rules here, but the overall opinion of the Movies & TV community to date has been that such questions should be discouraged and the moderators take their cue from that and tend to close questions like these.
I would however be interested in contrary options now that we have been in beta for 3 months.