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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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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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Asking old or obscure TV and movie questions

Practically, there might not be too many people who have seen some obscure Armenian TV show from the 1930s...but noone in their right mind would tell you to just "not bother" asking your questions. ;-)...
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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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May I put full length movies or TV shows here?

Why is the side note needed? We support embedding of video (mostly YouTube) but questions or answers rarely require the whole movie. Indeed, since the video can't be indexed by search engines you ...
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Why an off-topic question would be put on hold and not closed?

It's the same thing, functionally. Questions are put on hold for the first couple of days, then the name changes to closed. The reason for this is to show that closure is not a permanent state. Users ...
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Favourite questions and answers from the 4th quarter of 2016

I liked BrettFromLA's question... Why are the railings in Rivendell so low? Such a simple question for something that stared us in the face...but only Brett asked! I'll also throw in ...
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Favourite questions and answers from the 3rd quarter of 2018

Some I enjoyed for the research that went into the Q&A pairs Q: Why does Firefly include a scene with a missing yoke? Although the primary answer was found elsewhere, Tejusin's analytical answer....
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Favourite questions and answers from the 1st quarter of 2019

I was very glad when someone finally answered this old question about Taxi Driver. From the comments it seemed like I wasn't the only one who had kind of a clue what an interesting answer to this ...
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Favourite questions and answers from the 3rd quarter of 2016

A J's Question "Term for movies taking place during the main events of its predecessor?" This was an interesting question that did not get the recognition that it deserved. Pale Blue Dot's Question "...
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Favourite questions and answers from the 3rd quarter of 2016

Swan's Answer to the question "What is the dog really biting in The Thing?" Swan actually took the initiative to contact John Carpenter (the director) and Stuart Cohen (the producer) to answer this ...
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After what amount of time after movie release, is it ok to put a spoiler in the title?

No, we neither do nor should have such a rule. Spoilers on this site don't have a shelf life per se. We have a standing and practiced policy to avoid spoilers in question titles but there is ...
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People have missed the entire point of the question about bad gay guys in movies

Asking for exceptions is not asking for a list. Yes, it is.... It's essentially asking for a list of exceptions. What this means is that there will be possibly many individual different answers ...
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How to improve the problem with identification questions?

This may be largely a rhetorical point, but will you ever resolve to start banning these questions completely? You have been fighting with this problem for years, but as identify-this questions are ...
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Why does two of my questions have 10K views though when you click on the question itself it has less?

Because the homepage view has the viewing numbers rounded. So both questions have over 9,500 views, so are rounded up to 10k in the list. You will get the badge when the actual number of views is ...
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Does this SE have a ban on Avengers: Endgame questions?

Why would there be such a ban? Avengers: Endgame is a film and this site is for questions about films. A blanket ban on questions about a film, especially one likely to be of high public interest, ...
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Asking old or obscure TV and movie questions

No fancy answer comes to mind, but basically: go ahead, as long as they're on-topic, narrow enough, clear, they're a fit. They might get lower views, sure, but they're a fit - and what do you know, ...
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Which is the best SE to ask about the meaning behind a movie title adapated from a novel?

I can't answer which site would give you the best answer. However Movies & TV does allow answers to include content from the original work. So it is not unreasonable for the question to ask that ...
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Asking for opinion or potential answer due to lack of official statement?

There are actually two different types of questions you describe at the end of your question, from which I think one category is on-topic while to other one isn't. Can questions be asked for ...
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Favourite questions and answers from the 1st quarter of 2015

My personal favorite Q and A becuase narcisism: Why would a movie that appears pornographic via it's rating (X) receive an Academy Award? I liked this question a lot because it really let me flex my ...
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Statistics on identification questions and their askers

I've already posted this as an answer here, but as it relates to this question, I'll repeat my answer: Health warning - massively long answer here. There is a Conclusion/TLDR at the bottom, although ...
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Questions most-viewed and least-liked

You can't generate a report like that on the site directly. However, what you can use is the Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE), which is a public interface to the internal site database (though, ...
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Favourite questions and answers from the 4th quarter of 2016

QUESTIONS: DVK's question Was O-Ren Ishii's sword made by Hattori Hanzo? This was a very interesting question that did not get the recognition that it deserved. Mikey's question What mitigation is ...
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Favourite questions and answers from the 4th quarter of 2017

All these questions and answers are my favorite ones. MattD's answer to Is the loudness of a movie in the theater set by the theater or by the publisher/studio? asked by Tyler Durden. Both question ...
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Favourite questions and answers from the 4th quarter of 2017

FAVORITE QUESTIONS: yuritsuki's question "What's the value of the John Wick gold coins?" Lars Mekes question "How is Michael Myers bulletproof?" Nathan Reed's question "Why does the Ark burn the ...
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Favourite questions and answers from the 1st quarter of 2018

FAVORITE ANSWERS: Paulie_D's answer to "What do the dwarfs do with all of the diamonds that they mine?" Memor-X's answer to "How did all these monuments end up together in one place?" AJ's answer ...
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Favourite questions and answers from the 1st quarter of 2016

ANSWER Walt's answer to the question: Why Did the Dude hate the Eagles so much? was my favorite answer due to the question being answered fully coupled with excellent research and sources.
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Favourite questions and answers from the 4th quarter of 2015

QUESTION Why did Sylvester Stallone empty and reload his gun? asked by sanpaco This was a valid question and an interesting observation about this particular movie that I never would have realized ...
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Favourite questions and answers from the 4th quarter of 2015

I'd like to highlight Richard's answer on the most siblings in a film. I really enjoyed how it played with the rules of the question (as originally written), and gave a great answer. In short it made ...
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Favourite questions and answers from the 2nd quarter of 2017

I think that these pairings of Question and Answer represent some of the best we can hope for here at Movies and TV. Why did Vader passively accept being killed and replaced at Palpatine's command? ...
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