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Shouldn't the site have a more specific URL than movies.stackexchange.com, and a more specific name than Movies & TV?

It makes it look like it's everything about movies (and TV), which it's not.

Pros for keeping it:

  • Increased traffic and posting in general (although if we keep the current one as a forwarding URL to the new one, I don't know that this is really a pro, since we would probably retain those benefits)
  • The name is easy to remember, and even guess (ditto)
  • It makes us feel in charge of movies, like we own them
  • Site traffic is down (so, maybe we need to keep it for that reason)

Cons for keeping it:

  • More off-topic, low quality posts
  • The site purpose is not easy to remember with that name; I've probably forgotten it maybe three times
  • More division over decisions on meta, since people will feel like things should encompass more than they do
  • The name is kind of generic; it could mean anything about movies and TV

It's a great name, but does it over-all work for or against us? Do we need to hone the name in on the scope?

I was thinking something more along the lines of Movie Review or Movie Analysis, since most of the on-topic questions have to do with analyzing movies and TV (rather than doing other things with movies and TV, such as ask ID questions, which are off-topic here, and any trivia that might be off-topic at any particular time). I'm not suggesting those specific names, particularly, but I think they are examples of names that could make the site purpose clearer and more memorable. I didn't mention them initially, because I didn't want you to focus on the merits of a random name that was only meant for an example (rather than a suggestion).

Anyway, this isn't a proposal. I don't have a super strong opinion on it, despite having an opinion. I'm wanting to invite discussion, and see what you think.

About me: I browse the network maybe every other week, give or take several days. I vote on questions, answers, and probably moderators. I've been around for a fair while. I haven't done a lot of Q/A on this particular network, to date.

FYI: The confusion about the name isn't about the kinds of movie and TV that are on/off-topic. It's about the kinds of questions you can ask about all movies and TV.

Anyway, I don't think there's a need to give up the movies.stackexchange.com URL altogether. It could still forward to the right site, but users would immediately see the difference when the page loaded, and so would know there was a difference.

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    For a start the name is "Movies & TV". It's pretty much all encompassing for those subjects... so I'm not sure how much more we could "hone" the name.
    – Paulie_D
    Dec 22, 2023 at 23:05
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    Do you mean name ... which is "Movies & TV" or do you mean URL movies.stackexchange.com ?
    – iandotkelly Mod
    Dec 23, 2023 at 5:04
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    I also fail to see that either name contributes specifically to "More off-topic, low quality posts", or causes "more division over decisions on meta" ... are you able to illustrate this in some way?
    – iandotkelly Mod
    Dec 23, 2023 at 5:06
  • @iandotkelly - tv.stackexchange.com redirects here as well...
    – Valorum
    Dec 23, 2023 at 9:18
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    @Valorum You're welcome. Dec 23, 2023 at 12:24
  • @iandotkelly I meant the URL (or both). However, the other name is even more all-encompassing, which is precisely the problem I was getting at. The site isn't all-encompassing (so, an all-encompassing name seems wrong), because people might get upset when they post something movie or TV related that is off-topic. Yes, you can ask questions about all movies and TV, but not all kinds of questions.
    – user48641
    Dec 27, 2023 at 0:38
  • I was thinking something like Movie Review, or Movie Analysis would be a lot more accurate than Movies, or Movies and TV, since the on-topic questions are mostly about analyzing them.
    – user48641
    Dec 27, 2023 at 0:43
  • But to be more blatant, I think changing the site's name could get rid of your problem with the ID questions once and for all (I think people wanting to ask those questions are drawn by the current name and can be upset when they realize it's not on topic, even though the name seems to indicate everything about movies and TV is on-topic). However, I'm sure there are other examples like that.
    – user48641
    Dec 27, 2023 at 1:14

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I think the site name “Movies & TV Stack Exchange” is fine as it is, and there is no need to change it. The old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies here.

The site name is simple and accurate, as it reflects the site’s purpose of asking and answering questions about movies and TV shows. The site tour and the help center article “What topics can I ask about here?” explain the scope and guidelines of the site, and what kinds of questions are off-topic.

Note that at the time of writing, both the site tour and the help center article still state that trivia questions are off-topic, which contradicts the community consensus reached in this meta post: “Which trivia questions are on-topic and which are off-topic?” I have already requested the moderators last year to update the site tour and the help center article to reflect the current policy on trivia questions, but they have not done so yet.

I am not sure what you mean by “More division over decisions on meta, since people will feel like things should encompass more than they do”. Could you please elaborate on that? I am quite active on meta, and I have not seen any disputes over the site’s name not being reflective of its scope.

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    Well, not sour grapes from me, since I always hated the trivia close reason and wanted it removed. I just edited the two docs and removed the trivia lines. The "under consideration" approach can only last so long before it gets ridiculous.
    – iandotkelly Mod
    Dec 23, 2023 at 11:35
  • I've edited the question for clarity. Feel free to revise your answer according to what I meant. It wasn't about some kinds of movies/TV being off-topic.
    – user48641
    Dec 27, 2023 at 1:21

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