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, identify-this-tv-show, identify-this-actor and identify-this-episode. For assessing those statistics, I'll mostly employ the site's real-time search features as ...
First, I kinda wish this data were available to the public. Second, I'm really interested in figuring out whether these questions are worth the effort. So I'm going to try to pull up stats that I think get at the underlying question, which I read as:
Do identification questions bring useful new users to the site?
Paging through the site's Greatest Hits, ...
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 (brief, 1-2 line questions lacking basic details) has been increasing, sometimes coming in waves as if something triggered it. Yes, we can improve them sometimes,...
So looking at stats...
Right now we have 657 total ID question over 1 year and 11 months
(approx 701 days) = a little less than one per day.
These comprise 19.8% of our total questions (3315).
SE shows us as having 4.9K users, but when you go to look at the user stats, only 386 users have over 200 points, thousands have asked/answered no questions at all, ...
Phobias are real and can be debilitating to some people. The purpose of this site is offer a venue for people to ask good, legitimate questions. Now questions that can be easily Googled (like people asking about general plot lines) should be demolished on sight. Ditto for questions that have no real value to them. But questions such as these do have value. ...
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 would be required to explain the answer in words anyway...so the video is often superfluous.
The other issue is copyright infringement...most movies are not "...
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 are encouraged to improve the question so that it is no longer off-topic, or otherwise close-worthy.
And for the unsalvageable questions? The only difference ...
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 SteelerSquirrel's
Does Mia mistake Vincent's heroin for cocaine because it's in a baggie rather than a balloon?
Together with JohnnyBones's answer to the same...it makes a ...
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. was excellent.
Q: How far did Forrest Gump run?
Mouvier' provided a detailed answer
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 question might look like. But other than just favouriting the question for "later" I didn't bother to delve deeper into this.
So I was really happy when Anne ...
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 question. This answer deserves far more recognition and appreciation.
Paulie_D's Answer to the question "How did Mongo punch the horse?"
This answer was well ...
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 "Did the creators of Seinfeld ever have an alternate ending in their mind for the show?"
This was an interesting question that did not get the recognition that ...
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 theoretically no temporal factor involved in this policy (I'll elaborate later why I said "theoretically"). Introducing such a time factor comes with a variety of ...
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 which actually makes the question too broad.
In general our ideal Q&A has a single correct answer not multiple answers from multiple sources.
I will grant ...
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 surpassing 50% of the questions being asked (yes, I counted), the discussion always seems to be the same: "We need more signs with bigger letters so that people ...
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 hits 10,000.
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, would be directly counter to the principles of knowledge-gathering that are the very foundation of this site.
If it's spoilers you're afraid of, make sure to ...
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 muscles on cinema history, even requiring me to do a tiny bit of research to make sure my understanding was correct. Lots of people questioned the validity of ...
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 opinion on plots for these kinds of series/movies? Will it be on-topic if I ask a question just to know the users' own version due to lack of an official statement?
Always the contrarian:
Out of 3800+ questions, we can only find three examples. Lessons from Management 101: "It's not a problem until it's a problem" (and this is a long way from being a problem) and "Don't make rules to treat exceptions. Treat exceptions as exceptions." Also, "The more rules you make, the more fragile you become and the more rules you ...
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 I'd advise reading the key findings first, then the conclusion/TLDR.
I’m posting here with some information for people to digest and reflect on now that we’re ...
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, adapted for public use and updated only once a week). You can just write a few easy queries for sorting the questions as you deem fit.
Assuming with "likes" you ...
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 taken while filming raining scenes?
This was a great question that attracted well researched answers.
Alvaro Montoro's question Why does the wicked witch have ...
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 and answer are my favorite.
Steelersquirrel's answer to What's the significance of the shooting star in Jaws?.
LevenTrek's answer to Admiral Holdo's tactic in “...
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 markings off its crate?"
Nog Shine's question "What were the rats eating near the cave?"
Memor-X question "What does Baa-ram-ewe actually do?"
Sudip Biswas question ...
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 to "How were opening titles and end credits created before computers?"
Tinkeringbell's answer to "Making nature documentaries: scripting then filming or the ...
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 had the question not been asked.
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 me laugh and was clearly the correct answer even though it was also not what the OP was expecting.