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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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How can I find the title of a movie from just a description or image?

First of all, there are a few sites within the StackExchange network which still accept such questions: Science Fiction & Fantasy obviously requires the work to contain distinct science-fiction ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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. ...
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Statistics on identification questions and their askers

Now first of all, what is an "identification question" or "ID question"? Quite simply, it is any question tagged with a tag of the form identify-this-..., in particular the tags identify-this-movie, ...
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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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Are questions requesting that pornographic films be identified on-topic here?

I don't think we should allow questions about pornographic movies here, for one simple reason: They don't meet the quality standards of content we discuss on this site. I think the same argument ...
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How to improve the problem with identification questions?

As someone who's seen a lot of ID questions, I have no doubt there are plenty of Good ID questions (though ID detractors might imagine Good ID in quotes). But it's almost equally evident that Bad ID (...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Improve and extend the automatic tag-popup for identification questions

While we're at the task of cleaning up the identify tags (as much as possible) it might be worth also trying to improve identify-this-actor. It's not nearly the crisis that identify-this-movie is, but ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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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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. ...
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How to handle low quality identification answers?

At Anime.SE, we are fighting much the same scourge as you. Here is a brief outline of how these things are handled on our site. This is a descriptive account, since we haven't hammered out a proper ...
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Are we too strict with "identify this movie by a single scene" questions?

Before starting; I didn't downvote this question. However, my answer to the question "Are we too strict with such questions?" is NO. In fact, I don't think we're being strict enough. Here's ...
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Are questions requesting that pornographic films be identified on-topic here?

No. We shouldn’t. Reasons are as Pornographic films are made both legally and illegally. Identifying them without promoting illegal content/sites is tough to handle. For the most part they contain ...

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