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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 in identify-this-tv-show. Our biggest contributor just lost his biggest tags. Actually, we voted on this in 2016 and we decided to keep them. I don't know why ...


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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 all detail-lacking ID questions and keeping the proper formatted ones. We already have done a lot to control their quality too. And it has many benefits too: By ...


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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 reference to help them find what they want, rather than just telling them 100% no. I think putting this in either the tag wiki or the closing reason would be ...


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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 primarily because they won't ever decline and they won't ever improve. The situation will only ever get worse and worse and worse, like it did over all those years ...


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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 service and has such powerful community. And extra especially when the community never complained about such feature.


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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 should be expected from the opposing side Those in opposition to identification requests removal need to do more than speak out against it. If you want these ...


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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 applies to porn which applies to web-series: If it is produced on an amateur level or simply does not adhere to our quality standards regarding production or ...


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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 the tags are just not visible, people might try to create a new tag, or just use other unrelated tags and not notice that Identification is no longer a valid ...


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3. Scrap identify-this-commercial questions. Vote up or down depending on your preference.


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Well, you address a very interesting and important point in general here, even if the particular question with which you do so is a bit wrongly premised. But let's try to look at the whole thing with all its intricacies. First of all, The broader cultural backdrop of the site's community The matter of identification questions is a very controversial topic ...


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I think interactive films should be, in general, on-topic here. I would however narrowly define them, and limit them to something like: A full-motion video with an interactive element allowing the viewer(s) to make decisions that influence the direction of the story. If anyone can improve upon this definition, do feel free to comment or edit this answer....


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As far as I'm aware, without the audience participation, the popularity of Rocky Horror Picture Show would be non-existent. There may still be a small audience who appreciates watching the film on its own but most of the screenings that occur around the world (usually at midnight on Saturdays) have some degree of an audience participation portion. ...


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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 this is an amalgam of identify-this-actor (which is usually an image) and an identify-this-image question and the latter of those is specifically off-topic. ...


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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. ...


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Despite the linked actual question quality (and I think it deserves to be closed) the answer to this Meta question is... .. YES The first bullet point of our on-topic list is: Analysis of content or theme of all forms of Movies and TV series So webseries, youtube series etc. would seem to be on-topic to me. How the content is distributed isn't ...


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My interpretation of TV news, sports and current affairs being off topic, is that this means "TV news shows, sports shows and current affair shows" are off topic. I don't think that a question about the impact of the pandemic on the production and distribution of TV and Movies are off topic. As with all Meta answers please upvote/downvote to ...


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1. Scrap all identify-this-music-video questions Vote up or down depending on your preference.


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I think the "identify this x" type of questions can be kept, if the identification contributes to the understanding of the film/scene in question, or how it affects the viewer by knowing it. I'm not explaining well, but if the ID in question is "I like this song and wanna listen to it", it's trivial and tangential to the movie. If it's "Hey, I liked the way ...


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NO - such questions are not welcome here. The material (if genuine) is likely to be copyrighted. Downloading material from unknown and untrusted websites is a dangerous practice and should not be encouraged. Such questions are borderline with regards to being on-topic anyway. Such questions appear to be close to, or in violation of the terms of service of ...


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I've been giving this issue a fair bit of thought without going anywhere until I realized that pro wrestling is part story part sport (though not a competition). That's what distinguishes pro wrestling from other "legitimate" sports, the presence of a scripted story line. Now, what I propose is this: if the question is about the story line part (as in the ...


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I would go so far as to say that unless the item has some bearing on the plot, period accuracy, meaning (including symbolism, etc), character motivation and the like then these questions are off topic. I admit this might be a narrow view but I think that unless the item in question meets these types of criteria then these questions are completely trivial. ...


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We don't get many questions about them, but yes, game/quiz shows are on topic here.


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Asking if a movie is based on some pre-existing material and which works specifically seems to be a totally viable question. While the question touches upon (and ultimately asks for) external non-movie material, it draws a clear connection of that material to the actual film and the answers are (or should be) about that film. So yes, such questions seem to ...


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As you can see from the copyright tag, there are a number of questions about that subject. It is important to note that you should not seek, and should not trust, legal advice here - this is a community of Movie and TV enthusiasts, not a legal team. If the question is particularly technical from a law standpoint its probably not the best place to ask it. ...


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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 ...


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Reasons the OP thinks these questions don't fit the site: It has nothing to do with the film itself. False. Audience participation is the reason for the film’s success and longevity, and has been since 1975, when it was first released. When the Library of Congress selected Rocky Horror Picture Show for preservation as a culturally significant film, it ...


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That's a very borderline question. If it is phrased differently, like how did the characterization affect the actor, and in return how did that affect the show (cancellation, recasting, story changes, etc) it would be more on topic. If it is only asking how it affected the actor privately, then likely not. as with any border case, phrasing and quality will ...


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I'd say it's...difficult. It's not as if there's no value in properly analysing a fan theory for its plausibility, and I certainly wouldn't call that off-topic per se. It's very much about the film's story and its implications. For example we also (more or less successfully) discussed a famous fan-theory about another popular universe. But there can be ...


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Your question was not downvoted by a troll (or I doubt it). There's very specific guidance on the "Ask a Question" page about what info should be included in an answer. It's possible that you missed it, as the placement of the banner is very poor. It's discussed here. Your question doesn't include some very useful information. As you can see in this image: ...


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No, you can ask about a movie without having seen it. I speak from personal experience, since I haven't seen Star Wars. (Different site, but the principle should be the same.) But be careful what kinds of question you ask, or you may end up embarrassing yourself. Continuing with the example of Star Wars: if you haven't watched the films and you ask "who ...


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