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What does the community want to do with identification questions?

There have been several topics and discussions about whether "identification questions" should be on-topic or off-topic. Now, anytime such a question is asked, pros and cons come with their ...
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Should we allow hypothetical "what if" questions about legal consequences for characters?

There's a question (currently open) on the site: What charges/prison time would Jack Black realistically be looking at by the end of School of Rock? This essentially asks for speculation on a ...
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Why was the "What is the name of this Peanuts character?" question removed from the Hot Network Questions list?

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 ...
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Is it on-topic to ask for advice on filmmaking?

A question asking, “How would you credit people who gave writing suggestions but did not actually participate in writing?” was recently left open in the close votes review queue and currently remains ...
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Is it out-of-scope to ask "Are there any films meeting criteria XYZ?"?

I'm trying to find some (mostly feature) films dealing with / focusing on a certain subject. And maybe I have additional criteria for them, e.g. constraints on the kind of director, or the continent ...
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The trivia close reason is no longer valid. Please reopen "What does Marty Jr. yell while crossing the street in BTTF2?"

I would like to request the reopening of the question, What does Marty Jr yell while crossing the street in BTTF2? This question is currently closed as “trivia”. It recently got reopen votes; however, ...
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Why did a moderator keep the question about identifying a painting in Eternals closed?

The question, What is the name of this painting displayed on the Domo's wall in Eternals? - which was closed as both "trivia" and "identification" was unilaterally left closed ...
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Should we allow questions asking opinions about what type of shot is in a given screenshot?

I came across this question in the Close votes review queue — Open vs closed shot. Would you classify this image from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children as an open frame or a closed frame? ...
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Can I ask for help identifying a piece of music in a TV series episode?

I want to identify a musical piece played by a character in a TV series episode. Would such a question be on topic? If not, could you potentially suggest where I could look for such information?
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We're retiring the "trivia" close-reason

First of all, I and the rest of the moderation team want to apologize that the following took a little while and maybe longer than it should have. We discussed this issue early on and were largely in ...
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Why was the "Songs sung in Beetlejuice (1988)" question deleted?

Why was the "Songs sung in Beetlejuice (1988)" question (Internet Archive mirror) deleted? Screenshot: I thought that a general (Stack Exchange's, cross-site) rule of thumb says that: We'...
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Is it on-topic to ask "Mandela effect" questions, where the OP asks if their memory of a movie/TV scene is correct or if the scene actually existed?

I recently reviewed a question in the close votes review queue titled Major Mandela effect in "King Ralph" (1991) (screenshot). The question stated: I saw it on the internet recently, and a ...
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Which is the best SE to ask about the meaning behind a movie title adapated from a novel?

I want to ask about the significance of the title Primal Fear. I've only seen the movie, but I know it's based on a novel of the same name. Film adaptations can differ substantially from their source ...
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I am interested in classic TV and Radio -- I think classic TV (like 1940s-1960s) are okay, but what of radio?

I currently have a specific question about an old and extremely obscure radio show -- is Movies the place where it can be asked? Is there a better stackexchange (I find one for amateur (Ham) radio but ...
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Why is a question about a performer's acting history an "identification question", or more generally why is it off-topic?

I've asked if a certain TV comedy performer has done certain kind of act (in a show) before. It was closed as an "identification question" (with that link). Why is it an identification ...
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Are questions about moviegoing culture on-topic?

Would a question about American movie audiences' habit of leaving a movie theater immediately when the closing credits start, and how that compares with the rest of the world, be considered on-topic?
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Why are identification questions not allowed here, but allowed on the Science Fiction & Fantasy site?

I found that the Science Fiction & Fantasy site indeed allows such questions. What is the difference between the topics of these two sites that caused these different decisions? Or is it just that ...
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How to judge ahead of time if people will think my question is "movie trivia" and perhaps unsuitable for the site?

I enjoy film and good TV sometimes as well, and from time to time I'll ask a few questions here. It was recently suggested that Rob Lowe said "I won't work for (Orion Pictures) again for all ...
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Would questions asking about the reality of a CGI scene be on-topic?

For example, I want to know whether this scene does depict a correct number of 10.000 people or is it just an exaggeration. Are such questions on-topic?
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I'd like to ask for a specific detail in the plot of a movie that I am not likely to be able to view, would that be that on-topic?

My 2nd question ever here was Was Nancy Pierpan a spy? (Page Eight) and the first comment that appeared almost immediately was something like "Have you even seen the movie?" to which I could ...
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Why are ID questions not removed immediately?

Since ID questions are off-topic, why are the moderators not removing ID questions immediately right after a user posts them? This question has been asked 16 hours ago but it's still online.
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Questions about coronavirus & film/tv production?

Looking at the help for what's On Topic, the following is on topic: Questions about a movie or TV show's production Questions relating to the film and TV industry but this is off topic: TV news, ...
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Why are questions about locating or purchasing movie or TV content not allowed?

I find that locating or purchasing movie or TV content is not allowed. Why is that? Searching in Google with this query site:movies.meta.stackexchange.com locating or purchasing movie or TV content ...
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Is asking for screen shots allowed?

I am a crossover enthusiast and try to verify crossovers as much as possible. Sometimes that entails asking for help finding screen shots from films and television series. Is that allowed here if one ...
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Is asking about a movie on topic?

I have read about a movie on Wikipedia but googling and looking at IMDB no result at all (it is based on a book and I find a lot of results about the book). Would it be on topic to ask if anyone knows ...
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Can question about why a film is critically praised or not be asked? - More specific question

This is the more specific version of Can question about why a film is critically praised or not? Although critical point is opinon from the critic, but: (1) The question is not asking for answerer'...
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Can question about why a film is critically praised or not?

For example, a film doesn't make sense and get high critical point but low user point on rottentomatoes, can I ask why?
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Would a question about movie reviewers be on-topic?

I want to ask a question about why some movie reviewers use a four-star rating system instead of a five-star rating system. I'm sure there must be some historical reason behind its use. But I'm not ...
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Are questions about how the number and types of movie theaters change over time on-topic?

I've just posted Are there “fewer independent theaters than ever”? in the main site and I'm not sure if a question about data on the number of independent theaters (US or world-wide) is on-topic here. ...
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Is asking which movie did it first identifying a movie?

I asked a question about which movie was the first to use a playback device to trick an adversary. It recieved one downvote (later upvoted) but no answer as of right now. Does it violate the post ...
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Asking old or obscure TV and movie questions

I am not American, so I was brought up with a lot of TV shows and movies that most people on this forum would not have heard of. So my question is: can such questions have any point? For instance ...
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The term "trivia" is just lazy. Can't we do better? [duplicate]

Officially, "trivia" is off-topic. But it's a poorly-defined category that we should be able to replace with more specific reasons. Can't we do better? I'm not the first person to be unsure of what "...
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Can I ask what a movie is based on scene fragments?

I'm trying to track down a sci-fi movie that I saw as a kid but I only remember a few bits and pieces (no title, no actors). I wanted to post this as a question to the main Movies & TV QA but I ...
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Is cable news on-topic?

Broadcast news is an important part of television. Is it considered on-topic to ask about television news? And if so, what kind of restrictions are there, given that news stations and personalities ...
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How do we handle interactive films?

We recently got a question about Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which is an interactive film, i.e. one where you can yourself influence the progression of the story with your own decisions. This presents ...
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Where should I ask a question about theatre?

I have a question I'd like to ask about live stage performances (distinct from filmed adaptations) and what I think would be a principle of theatre. It's not about a script, so it doesn't fit in the ...
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Is this an appropriate site to ask about the plausibility of Avengers fan theories?

There seems to be an awful lot of fan theories surrounding the Avengers series of movies in particular recently. Some of them I think are quite curious, but perhaps if I was more knowledgeable they ...
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Is the Filmography tag now obsolete?

With our ongoing efforts and struggle to keep the questions being asked on the Movies SE site objective I was wondering if the tag Filmography is now obsolete or simply being misused. Out of the 4 ...
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Why an off-topic question would be put on hold and not closed?

I asked a question today which I felt would probably be off-topic (too close to asking for recommendations). It was put on hold, fair enough. Why has not it been simply closed? I mention in that ...
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Is it appropriate to ask about movie plot points which I don't understand because the movie is in Chinese?

I'm studying the Chinese movie 妖猫转 (Legend of the Demon Cat) in an effort to improve my Chinese. There's major plot points I don't understand because my Chinese is insufficient. This particular ...
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Are questions about film theory on topic?

I have a specific question in mind regarding Laura Mulveys theory of Male Gaze and Noel Carrols later criticism of it (Where there serious replies to Carrol? What does remain of Mulveys Male Gaze if ...
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Can I ask a question regarding the history of television?

I'm a newcomer at this stackexchange site and I haven't found the site guidelines and the kind of questions which are supposed to be asked. I wanted to ask a question regarding when a particular ...
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Questions about the accuracy of historical movies?

Should questions about the accuracy of certain incidents depicted in historical movies be asked on movies.SE, or are they better off over on history.SE? (i.e. "Did such and such really happen that way?...
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Are legal questions on topic?

At some other SE sites, legal and business questions are explicitly off-topic. I just checked the help center and I didn't see anything about that. Are questions about copyrights, for example, on-...
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We are discontinuing support for identification questions

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 ...
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Are questions about the use of specific technologies in the cinema industry on topic?

For example, there was this question about whether a movie was released in a certain format. Turns out that IMAX is moving away from 3D screenings in the US (maybe globally). Definitely seems to be ...
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Do we allow character identification questions?

I just saw this question asking people to recognize a character based on some vague description. IMHO it's too broad and too much lacking in details anyway, but should we even allow such questions? ...
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Are questions about a movie's source considered on-topic?

Specifically, I'd like to know which comic books are comic's movie's plots based on. I happen to know that the Daredevil movie is based on Daredevil #181, but I'm curious about mostly Marvel movies. ...
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Is asking a list of movies for a specific category on-topic or off-topic here?

Is asking a list of movies for a specific category on-topic or off-topic here? Example question : A list of movies about motivation (specially tech startups, for businessmen etc)
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Are questions related to TV (not shows) on topic?

This recent question has appeared on the site, which made me curious if questions related TV technology, media format, channels etc are on-topic or not. I wasn't sure about this as there are other ...
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