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I think that having a builtin close reason for recommendation list questions would be beneficial as it is such a clearly defined category of questions which we're sure to get every now and then, even if not that often. And the current heterogenous way of dealing with them is both tedious and prone to problems, as explained in the question. Such a close ...


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From the Help Center, the following is shown as off topic: A title's release date or rumors about a specific title or series. So in my opinion, questions about if or when something will be released are currently off topic. However the community can change its mind about this, but that would be expressed through a meta-question. Since you have revised ...


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I have cast the final reopen-vote along with a few tweaks to the question. It is certainly surfing the fuzzy edge of list/first-appearance/has-there-ever questions, an edge worth guarding against useless lists based on random nonsense criteria. All the existing close-votes were for "recommendation", which kind of makes sense as the go-to reason for list ...


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I may have voted to leave it open as it seems on-topic to me (since it specifically asks about product-placement) but I can't recall for sure. BUT...it would seem that some users think it is Unimportant trivia that does not add to the understanding or appreciation of the title. I can kind of see the point but I think it's an interesting question ...


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Based on a related discussion with a moderator and other users, I came to the following conclusions based on the respective help center page and the particular close reason, which already give some insights into the existing guidelines for those questions: On the one hand, identification questions that are lacking in details are eligible for close-voting ...


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After the community seems to deem this a good idea and noone expressed their reservations in actual answers, we went through with this suggestion and adapted the close-reason accordingly. Recommendation questions asking for movies/TV-shows or resources to locate or watch movie/TV content are off-topic. Feel free to ask for people's opinion in chat or take ...


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You're asking a bunch of questions all in one. The first step would be to disentangle them. You're asking (quoted from your question, numbered by me for convenience): Has anything similar happened in the history of US broadcasting? e.g. has there ever been a reporter or TV show host "asked" (told) to leave by the US President? Could the soon-to-be-...


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Tom Cody's suggested wording for a new off-topic reason seems to do the trick. However, I'd recommend swapping out the "current events" reason: Close reason Closed Closed% of total ------------ ------ ---------------- identification 215 53.34% duplicate 50 12.41% other 45 11.17% trivia 21 5.21% opinion-based ...


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"I want to find a good movie scene that illustrates X" is IMHO either a recommendation question (which are off-topic) or a sort of identification question (also off-topic).


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[edit] oops, I just realised my answer here is almost identical to Napoleon Wilson♦'s answer to Policy for list questions, except their version is better written with better examples! I guess that's a good thing? I'd suggest removing this part of your proposed definition: asking whether any [movies/TV-shows satisfying certain criteria] exist That's a ...


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So, noone has dared to answer this yet after nearly a month. I'd thus deduce that We really don't seem to know (and should thus get rid of that close reason to use its slot for something more clear and urgent)! You are right in that this close-reason seems quite inconsistently used, especially recently. Let's take a look at some examples and how to close ...


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@John Smith Optional is asking for examples of classic Western influences in Breaking Bad in support of the creator's statement that such influences exist. This is a far more interesting question than most that are asked on this site. It references a series that is highly popular and might bring fans to the site. It may not have one perfect right answer, but ...


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Well, there is currently a semantic difference between closing an identification question for lack of detail or closing it because it is simply downright off-topic, as would be the case for commercial and music video identification. This is the reason why the latter kind of questions are normally closed as merely off-topic, with a proper custom reason. They ...


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The problem isn't necessarily IMDb, but the fact that it's a little too short and lacking guidance. First of all, you might be confused about the timeline a little here. Here is the new definition, as it appears in our official documentation...Removing the the reference to IMDB was entirely the right move. That isn't actually "our new definition". This ...


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There are actually two different popups (both existed even before banning identification questions, just that they were both warnings, now one is an error). There is one popping up when you add certain tags (like e.g. identify-this-movie). This one is now a hard error, not letting you add the tag at all. This is the older one. It was originally proposed on ...


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Like many things, this often depends on the specific case. Often enough it isn't really relevant what the specific wording in the dialogue is. For example in the question you cite as your first example I was able to find the quote the asker was referring to in literally 3-5 seconds in the transcript link you provided and fixed the question accordingly with ...


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No Firstly, we no longer have "Not Constructive" close reason. At best it could be argued that the answer is "Opinion-based" and closed for that reason. It's also, perhaps, relevant to point out that what is currently a "plot-hole/inconsistency" MAY be cleared up in a future movie/show in the same universe. However, the real ...


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This close reason is for questions which are asking for a list of movies/TV shows or sources where they can buy/download them. Recommendation questions asking for movies/TV-shows or resources to locate or watch movie/TV content are off topic. However, the reason that made me VTC that question was these two. And if so, in which boxset would they be ...


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Usually in that case I would vote to close the question, for being off-topic, and add my own reason - that it is based on a false premise. An example where I believe that is appropriate is this recent question. I would point out however that I think the question you've cited should remain open, but just be edited. Even though there is a false assumption, it ...


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I am one of those who closed the question and therefore I feel I can't deny the responsibility to speak for why I closed the question. Maybe I haven't seen Breaking Bad, but your question is definitely asking for a LIST here. I think you already had a look upon the meta post Tyler suggested you to see. Please read these two paragraphs once more. What's ...


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Now first of all, that close reason is much more about details and effort than about mere answerability. So no, an answer alone does not absolve a bad identification question from closability right away, especially when the existance of an answer usually keeps the question from improving ever. So yes, that question likely should stay closed, or at least ...


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I don't have time to answer this as fully as I would like, and this is definitely MHO. When I looked back at the "Yes that was a plot hole, and?" question, I noted that (rarely) I'd down-voted Robert Cartaino and up-voted the alternative, so at least I'm being consistent here. Honestly, I think we should be voting on the quality and the interest of the ...


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As the guy who (AFAICT) links to that meta post the most frequently, I'd been considering proposing this exact thing myself. IMHO, there's not much point in having that list if we're not going to actually refer people to it. And since (again, AFAICT) the number of ID questions we're getting isn't really going down all that much, we can definitely benefit ...


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If the question is idle speculation about the continuation of a story, it indeed seems to fall under "primarily opinion-based". If it's not, then don't close it as such. This has worked reasonably well so far. In fact we had something similar to a specific close-reason before, but it was dropped in favour of more important and clear close-reasons, ...


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I want to find a good movie scene that illustrates an idea about helping a rival to their maximum potential before take them down. That's not what is meant by locating or purchasing movie or TV content; what is meant is something like "I want to watch The Shawshank Redemption online, where can I do this?" Such questions are likely to yield answers ...


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Because they're identification questions I'd regard them both as useless anyway. From a purely objective point of view if you have two questions that are asking different things but both happen to result in the same answer, they're still both valid questions in their own right and should both be allowed to exist independently, potentially with a reference ...


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In addition to iandotkelly's answer (and I'm not going to reiterate all the stuff he already said and which I absolutely agree with), to answer your specific questions: Should there be an automatic time limit on all questions which are plot inconsistency, which users of the site, if they feel its appropriate, can vote to overturn? No, since first of ...


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EDIT: Allow me to point something out real quick at this stage. The question has since been altered and re-opened. Not by any one moderator, nor did any one moderator close the question. But these decisions were handled by the community This is the beauty of the SE network at work here. Everything boils down to community opinion and work. The ...


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