There have been a few ID questions lately that boil down to a youtube link or an image. To me, these aren't of high enough quality to keep on the site. Examples:
I find the dislike of image/video-only identify (ID) questions to be baffling. The accepted type of ID questions is way more prone to issues. A description-only ID question will have:
- Incorrectly-remembered details
- Lack of details (either vague or not-mentioned)
- Can only be properly verified by the question asker
That last one is the most damning in my opinion, and is what I think makes image/video ID questions better. It is possible to take a screenshot of a film and show that it's an exact match for the image/video in the question. It is impossible to do this with a text-only ID question. This means answers are independently verifiable as a correct or incorrect, which removes a great deal of the issues that surround ID questions as a class.
Whereas there can be high-quality ID questions, those picture-only ones definitely aren't. When they don't provide any additional information and look like the OP just found some random picture on a website, they really don't help anyone.
ID questions are already a hot topic, but we settled that they are allowed and on-topic, when well-phrased and useful. Whereas this is probably a subjective decision to some degree to be decided on a question by question basis, it doesn't take too much subjectivity to realize the very poor quality of "found this picture, what movie from?" questions. So at least downvote them and probably close-vote.
I think for movies an ID question with a screenshot would be acceptable, since the new google image allows pasting an image in for a search, movies.SE could actually become the site where people come who are looking for the same answer.
TV Shows are actually a little tougher because if it's just a screenshot with no actors/actresses then it could be impossible to identify without any other information. The same could go for movies but since movies are generally limited, as opposed to a particular 'TV Show' and not limited to a season-episode specification. Example:
Can anyone tell me the name of this computer movie that came out in the 90s?
Hey what episode of Fringe is this from?
Hey what TV Show is this from?
Of course this is my own opinion, but at least the first two could be tagged, while the 3rd is too vague because it contains either 1)No readily identifiable person with which to narrow down the question and/or tag or 2)Nothing specific at all, just a weird background or some generic object that the OP thought was kewl. Just my take on it.
This type of question should be downvoted and closed. They all show a complete lack of research and effort on the part of the asker, and provide so little detail that they should be closed as Not Constructive. By allowing this type of question, we open the site up to all manner of vague trivia identify-this questions where the asker seeks to have a minimal amount of information linked to a correct answer.
We expect questions to show some expertise and/or effort on the part of the question asker, and because this type of question requires neither, they should be not allowed.
This discussion may be getting to a root solution: no ID questions.
Because there is so much subjectivity inherent in ID questions, it seems to me that they should not be here. They are questions allowing people to benefit from the knowledgable users who use Movies and TV-- but they're not specifically adding to the quality of the site.
We're supposed to be about experts answering expert questions. Being an expert in Google Fu doesn't make you an expert in Movies and TV.
Furthermore, these questions are definitively localized. They essentially boil down to: "I'm having this problem (I can't remember the name of this movie), here's what I know (it has this one line/I remember this one scene), can anyone help (what is this from?)?" Other Stack sites close questions like this all the time, and without hesitation.
My only weakness for these questions is that it introduces new users to the community, which-- if they get what they want-- may pique their interest enough to stay and become a part of what we're doing here.
But is that really enough? Is it really worth the noise, the debate, the distraction? We could be asking truly challenging questions that require research and explanation. Instead we're searching for ' "your shoelaces are untied"+movie+1980s'in Google.
To @DForck42's original question: the kind of ID questions wherein the OP provides little more than an image or YouTube clip should be given the now common first comment along the lines of "can you provide more detail?" then closed within a reasonable amount of time (say 1-2 weeks) if nothing more is provided.
So to reiterate my comment into an answer. I believe that the ultimate problem with these sort of questions is that they exist in a vacuum. The only information that the asker has is the picture, which to me is worse than relying on their memory because they can come up with more details from their memory than if they only have a photo or video.
This question doesn't seems constructive to me. So i am not in a favor of them. Only a video or pic without any detail for ID question are too vague. I was even holding close vote on all of the three earlier.
I think they should be closed by making it duplicate of How to identify a movie from a screen shot.