So I was watching an episode of Unforgettable on the weekend, and could not help but be intrigued by the car driven by Carrie during the show, and since I live in South Africa, where the specific car is not common at all, decided to ask the following question on the site which I considered to be on-topic, after reading the FAQ:
I asked since googling the question didn't come up with any possible answers for the question, and going to all the normal sites, like TV.com and Wikipedia didn't produce any results either.
I checked all the SE sites I visit as normal this morning, and then realised I received a down-vote for the question and that it's been closed as off-topic. According to the moderator it was closed because:
Closed as banal trivia as per our faq. If you feel that I closed this in error I invite you to check otu our Movies and TV Meta – DForck42♦
At the same time it received an up-voted answer, with screenshots explaining exactly what car it is.
Since my command of the english language isn't brilliant, I had to look up the meaning of the word
So lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring. Synonyms:
trite - commonplace - hackneyed - trivial - platitudinous
Now, to Americans, this question my be boring and obvious, but to 99% of the world outside of the America, this question could be very intriguing, as we do not get the cars that is available in the US everywhere in the world.
I then reviewed the FAQ as suggested and I am extremely confused by the following glaring issue:
If I had asked:
What show does a woman named Carrie, played by Poppie Montgemery, where she drives what I think is a blue Ford mustang called?
Would have been considered on-topic, however asking for what type of prop is used is not?
Does that mean questions like:
What car is the original KITT from the original Knight Rider series?
What car is the new KITT from the 2000 remake of Knight Rider?
What helicopter was used in the original Airwolf series?
would also be considered off-topic?
Being a retired moderator, I respect the decision of moderators, however in this particular case I think the site needs to seriously revamp it's FAQ and make it clearly that asking what type of prop is used in a movie and/or TV show is off-topic, however it does however clash directly with allowing identify this movie and/or TV show questions. Keep in mind, Gaming SE, disallowed identify this game questions because they were degrading the community and since 17 of the questions on the home page when I posted this was identify this show/movie questions, it's easy for someone to make a mistake and ask what type of prop is being used questions, since it's not explicitly excluded from the FAQ in a way that non native english speakers can understand without the help of a dictionary.
I considered myself an established SE user, and will put a lot of effort into a site, however, in this case I have asked for the question to be deleted so I can remove my account from this site, because I am not willing to support a site that has such a glaring mistake in their FAQ or does not consider giving a better explanation of why a question is closed, when the site is in beta, and already only gets 3.4 questions a day. Unlike established SE sites, a beta site cannot afford to alienate users with their first question, especially if it is well written and detailed, and moderators should put more effort into explaining what they feel is wrong, to give the user a chance to fix it.
I put effort into my question, and I got a good answer, although it was off-topic. Please fix the FAQ, so no-one else makes the mistake I did, and expect this site to be a useful resource.