NOTE: Got linked here but don't really care about all the meta discussion? Just want quick help with identifying your movie? Take a look at this question and its answers.
Since its very inception this site has struggled with the problem of identification questions and their controversial nature. Over the years these questions have become more and more of a quality and moderation issue and the community grew more and more weary of them and the work they generate as well as the bad light they throw on the site.
A recent call for input from the community on this problem has shown a rather unanimous dissatisfaction with the current situation as well as broad agreement that they are not worth the trouble anymore. The site needs to finally make a stand and come to terms with the fact that these questions, while once ago thought to be worth a try, have failed to prove their worth and manageability. The community has thus come to the decision to move forward and finally make official what has ultimately been its unofficial stance for quite some time:
We will stop supporting identification questions on this site.
But how is the site going to proceed with this newly found confidence? We very much know, that this is quite a big step in the site's development, given how prominent these questions have become over time. It will thus be approached with a gradual process in order to ease the site into this development. First and foremost, and quite obviously:
All identification questions will from now on be off-topic on this site and the existing close-reason will be adapted accordingly (inspired by a similar close-reason on Anime & Manga):
Identification questions are off-topic, because they tend to attract low-quality and low-effort posts. The community has decided to no longer support these questions. Please refer to this meta post for additional details.
All users are encouraged to make use of their flagging and close-voting privileges accordingly on any new identification questions. Practically this means nothing else than extending what the community already does on the majority of identification questions to all of them.
You may go and close-vote any older ID questions from before this announcement if you feel thus when stumbling across them. However, we will take care of our existing baggage of ID questions in a more automated and systematic fashion later on during this cleanup process. It might thus not be the best use of your or the rest of the community's time to flood the review queues with 50 old questions to close manually each and every day.
The help center, the tour page, as well as the respective tag wikis will be adapted accordingly.
As to the future outlook of the overall cleanup process, the next steps will involve:
Closing all existing questions (starting 15 days from now):
We will ask SE for help in automatically closing all existing identification questions and, for the time being, applying a historical lock to them (which makes them unvotable and uneditable by non-moderator users, as well as removing them from normal question lists).
Together with that, we will blacklist the identification tags (again with help from SE), which makes them unusable on any new or existing questions (generating an appropriate error message when trying). The tag will remain on existing questions that have it (which will be locked for editing, though), making it useful for finding those questions for any further cleanup.
Cleaning up the existing questions (another 15 days later):
We of course also need to come up with a reasonable cleanup approach for the existing baggage of identification questions, keeping in mind various factors, like having examples for the site's development and the questions' off-topicness vs. hampering their search engine indexing that attracts new ones.
These issues will, however, be addressed in future meta posts respectively. For now the community has made the first step in finally deciding to deprecate identification questions. But feel free to share any suggestions and feedback about the overall cleanup process.