I noticed that the question “What is the name of this Peanuts character wearing a purple shirt and purple/pink shoes?", which became a Hot Network Question 8 hours ago, was removed by a moderator from the Hot Network Questions list. I wonder why this happened since the question seems to be well-received (judging by the number of upvotes on it and its answer), and more importantly, is on-topic.
The question is about who's the Peanuts character in the provided media. Peanuts is a comic strip that has been adapted into several movies and TV shows, so questions about Peanuts characters in movies or TV shows are on-topic. It is not asking to identify a movie or a TV show from memory — for example, questions like “I remember [insert description here] about a movie or TV show; what movie or TV show was this?” are closed as off-topic here. As far as I know, there is no community consensus to ban all questions that involve identifying something about a movie or TV show.
I think that removing the question from the Hot Network Questions list was a missed opportunity to attract more users and activity to Movies & TV SE, which has been struggling lately in this regard. The question and its answer were interesting and informative, and they could have sparked more site engagement and participation about Peanuts and its movie and TV adaptations.
I would appreciate it if the moderator team could explain their decision and the rationale behind it. I hope that they will reconsider it and restore the question to the Hot Network Questions list, or at least clarify the scope and guidelines of this site. Thank you.
What follows is my reply to the mod’s answer to my question.
The question you reference is not a good question. In fact the jury is still out if this is even an appropriate question.
I disagree with this assessment. The quality and appropriateness of a question should be determined by the community, not by a single moderator. The question had only one close vote and several upvotes, indicating that it is on-topic and well-received by the community. I think it was an misuse of moderator privileges to remove the question from the HNQ without consulting the community or having a meta discussion beforehand.
It slams really hard along the edge of episode identification and in fact if it was a live-action shot, it would very much be actor/episode identification.
It is asking to identify a random dude from a random picture on the internet.
This is a mischaracterization of the question. The question was not about identifying an actor, episode, TV show, or movie. It was about identifying a character in an animated show. Asking about characters is not off-topic here, as far as I know. Like I already said, there is no community consensus to ban all questions that involve identifying something about a movie or TV show.
It is pretty much the low end kind of question that this site talks about when it speaks about not doing trivia.
This site does not have a policy against trivia questions, as you are aware. This has been debated several times, and the majority of the community has voted to allow trivia questions, so I don’t see why you are bringing this up again.
- Which trivia questions are on-topic and which are off-topic?
- Can we please redefine "trivia"?
- The term "trivia" is just lazy. Can't we do better?
We really don't need bad questions to give outsiders the wrong image of what this site is actually about.
This makes sense if a blatantly off-topic question is removed. The question I am referring to only had one close vote and is well-received by the community. It was not a negative representation of this site, but a positive one.
But while we're assessing how to proceeed with this question, removing it from the HNQ is a first step that can be done to avoid using bad content to advertize this site.
I suggest that next time, you reverse this order of actions. Instead of removing questions from the HNQ without consulting the community, you should first post a meta question and ask for feedback from the community. Then, based on the consensus, you can decide whether to keep or remove the question from the HNQ. This way, you will respect the community’s voice and avoid creating unnecessary conflicts.