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my question was onholded too. But what I see on the first page, that now it happens to almost every question about identify of plot exploration

something wrong I guess.

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    Low quality question need to closed at all cost.
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Aug 11, 2017 at 14:57
  • ok,. but here's the interesting question movies.stackexchange.com/questions/78644/… and it's onholded too, for example
    – E L
    Aug 11, 2017 at 14:58
  • Read here then to know why question get closed
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Aug 11, 2017 at 15:00
  • I understand about level requirements and so on, but if there's 90% of onholded questions on the first page, then it seems like something wrong, and it's not because of questions
    – E L
    Aug 11, 2017 at 15:03
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    It's because of the falling quality of identification questions.
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Aug 11, 2017 at 15:04
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    It is because of the questions. If they were good ID questions they wouldn't be on hold. For a good ID question see this one from just now - movies.stackexchange.com/questions/78658/…
    – Paulie_D
    Aug 11, 2017 at 15:05
  • About example I've given above. If OP doesn't remember other things about this movie? As for me there're enough details to identify this one
    – E L
    Aug 11, 2017 at 15:15
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    That's nice but answerability is not the same as quality. I'm certain that with a little effort the OP could recall a lot more. The language and whether it was animated to name two easy ones.
    – Paulie_D
    Aug 11, 2017 at 15:20
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    Note...it's about the quality of the question. Not whether it can be identified from one detail. That's what the "hold" notice says "Identification questions must contain sufficient detail to meet the site's quality standards."
    – Paulie_D
    Aug 11, 2017 at 15:21
  • "if there's 90% of onholded questions on the first page, then it seems like something wrong" - Well, sure, indeed. But if not closing those bad questions is the correct approach is debatable.
    – Napoleon Wilson Mod
    Aug 11, 2017 at 16:07
  • If you find out the title of the movie nonetheless, you are still not supposed to give an answer? My comment to movies.stackexchange.com/questions/78693/… was deleted. Aug 12, 2017 at 16:58
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    @AnneDaunted Answers in comments are discouraged here, mainly because they undermine the quality-assurance processes. The desired order is 1) The questioner adds further details and improves the question by making an edit..2) The edited question gets revised, and if it meets the quality standards, it gets reopened 3) Other user can post their answers (hopefully in good quality as well)
    – Arsak
    Aug 13, 2017 at 10:11

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something wrong I guess.

You are correct.

Questions are put on hold when they do not meet the standards we expect.

"Identification questions must contain sufficient detail to meet the site's quality standards."

This is our guidance on the "Hold" notice


This is particularly true of ID questions where a high level of detail is required.

The question you linked in comments is missing many details that we would expect to see. In fact it only has one from many that could be provided.

Our guidance lists just some of the details we would expect to see in a good question.

  • Plot details of any scenes you remember
  • Descriptions of any characters or locations
  • Where you watched the movie or TV show
  • When you watched the movie or TV show
  • Any idea of how old it was
  • Any idea of country of origin (if known)
  • Whether it was animated or not
  • Any other distinctive detail

Questions that are put on hold are given guidance on how they can be improved.


As for the current front page...YES today saw a raft of poor questions come in but they were all reviewed by other users and found wanting.

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