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We are discontinuing support for identification questions

Just an observation; Walt was recently lauded for hitting the 100K mark here in terms of rep. Take note that 67% of his posts are in identify-this-movie and another I'm-not-really-sure-how-many are ...
Johnny Bones's user avatar
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Shall we ban identification questions?

No, we should not ban identification questions as off-topic! They do fit the Q&A format and should be allowed here. And the situation still can work well if we go by the current rule of closing ...
Ankit Sharma's user avatar
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We are discontinuing support for identification questions

I think one option we could do is create a meta post detailing the avenues/resources that our experts would follow in order to identify movies and tv shows. This way we can at least point users to a ...
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We are discontinuing support for identification questions

Identification questions is what introduced me to this site. It is also why I got addicted to it. It is really a shame to see it go away. Especially when there is no other site that provides such ...
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Check in on Identification questions

My first question was an identify question. I know I'm not the most valuable member of the community, but I believe I've given valuable contributions to the community over time. I also know that any ...
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How can I find the title of a movie from just a description or image?

First of all, there is a site within the Stack Exchange network which still accepts such questions: Science Fiction & Fantasy requires the work to contain distinct science fiction, fantasy, or ...
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Why are movie and TV show identification questions so underrated?

There's a few reasons why these identify-this-movie and identify-this-tv-show tend to get frequently downvoted: Poor formatting/grammar I edited the question you linked to. Before I edited it, it ...
Andrew Martin's user avatar
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Shall we ban identification questions?

Yes, we shall ban identification questions as off-topic! They are just not a good fit for this site and I see them as the bane of this site for all the reasons mentioned in the question, but ...
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Can I describe a very sexual scene which is needed to identify a movie?

As to the point of identification questions specifically, I'm afraid the community has decided to no longer support them on this site, so your question likely won't be appropriate to begin with. ...
Napoleon Wilson's user avatar
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We are discontinuing support for identification questions

Not sure if this should be an "answer" or a comment, but I think that the tags should still show up in the selectable list when someone is asking a question with a warning of not to use the tags. If ...
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Shall we ban identification questions?

I'm not here to there you what you should and shouldn't do, but rather share with you the perspectives of another SE site that dealt with a similar string of questions for over three years. What ...
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About banning Id questions

I didn't see that since I don't check Meta Sorry if this is harsh to hear but that's your fault. the Meta Question "Check in on Identification questions" was posted Nov 27 '17 at 16:57 the first ...
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Why are identification questions not allowed here, but allowed on the Science Fiction & Fantasy site?

Science Fiction & Fantasy mod here, and also highish-rep Movies & TV user and meta contributor. A bit of both. The "decision makers" (active community members including moderators ...
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Policy for picture-only indentify-this-movie questions

The examples you have provided are 2-3 years old. The site policy for Identification questions has been changed since then. With a huge numbers of bad questions accumulating on the main site, a ...
A J's user avatar
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We are discontinuing support for identification questions

It sounds like there is enough support for a Movie/TV Trivia SE. Seems odd to create what will essentially be a competing group, but other areas of SE have branched apart, so it's not unprecedented.
Everett Steed's user avatar
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Check in on Identification questions

I have to say that who want ID question to stay didn't get the chance to say anything. And (like me) probably wasn't aware of this discussion. As for why it should stay, is simply because it's simply ...
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Do we allow character identification questions?

NO Identification questions have an understandably bad reputation here on Movies and TV for a good reason... It's incredibly hard to write a good one and incredibly easy to write a bad one. At best ...
Paulie_D's user avatar
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We are discontinuing support for identification questions

Very dissatisfied with the disappearance of these questions, which I loved and kept coming back for. Would it have taken a coding wizard to send an actual email to everyone who ever interacted with ...
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ID questions about sci-fi or fantasy films

Flags are a bad fit for this. They're expedient if you only expect to migrate maybe a half-dozen questions, ever, but if you expect to migrate "as many as possible" of the 4K+ ID questions ...
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Check in on Identification questions

We should not ban identification questions as off-topic! They do fit the Q&A format and should be allowed here. And the situation still can work well if we go by the current rule of closing all ...
madmada's user avatar
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Why was my answer deleted?

There's a general policy to discourage answering off-topic questions. The logic is that if people can get an answer to an off-topic question, then they can ask anything they feel like and get an ...
Tetsujin's user avatar
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Check in on Identification questions

I think the difference in return rates of 17% vs 25% isn't particularly compelling but I completely agree with the argument that it takes a lot of the collective moderation of the site dealing with ...
iandotkelly's user avatar
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Should we encourage swifter deletion of bad ID questions?

If the vote does go against banning them, I think this plan has merit, at least to help address the problems with the site image that Napoleon Wilson mentioned on the post about banning id questions. ...
Torisuda's user avatar
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Why was my answer deleted?

was my answer deleted because it was short and included a link as suggested in the help centre? or because it was in response to an identify question? I'd say both of those reasons in combination. ...
Napoleon Wilson's user avatar
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Should there be an "Identify-this-documentary" tag?

No, there shouldn't. Documentary is less of a medium than rather a genre or style. Documentaries can very well be either movies or TV-shows, which are the media that we separate ID questions into. So ...
Napoleon Wilson's user avatar
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ID Questions - better info in the Help pages

"Trivia" questions are not off-topic, and only questions that ask to identify movies and TV shows (and episodes) are considered off-topic. For example: questions like “I remember [insert ...
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Shall we ban identification questions?

No. Like it or not, Stack Exchange sites are designed for exactly this kind of question. The M&TV Stack Exchange has become the go-to site for identifying that movie or show you can't think of ...
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Why was my "Identify-this" question put on hold for lacking information (off topic - Identification)?

As the user who answered, I should perhaps weigh in here... I'm not a fan of ID questions and am, perhaps, one of the strongest critics of them as a whole on Movies & TV even though I've only ...
Paulie_D's user avatar
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Should one-liner ID answers be deleted or improved?

Is there a third approach I've missed? Perhaps not a third way but rather more of a middle way...a selective, targeted criteria. There's a saying on SE/SO..."Don't polish a t_rd"...and a one-line ...
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