RESULTS ARE IN:
ID-This-Commerical Will be Off-Topic
ID-This-Music-Video Will be Off-Topic
Scrap any identify-this-actor question which doesn't include a description/title of the movie/tv series the actor was in - regardless of whether the post includes a picture or not.
I'm adding this as a follow on discussion to @atticae's brilliant meta post regarding identify-this-picture questions, which has sparked a whole range of fairly diverse opinions.
Currently, we have the following "identify-this" questions:
Now, quite often the criticisms of one of these "types" of question can be applied to all of them (that they are hard to answer, relevant to just one person or a small group of people, that they are poorly worded with little thought etc).
Despite this, the community has made it clear that identify-this-movie and identify-this-tv-show are both on-topic and wanted here. The number of upvotes these questions get and the detail put into them (albeit too often after some prompting) demonstrate they are popular enough. Not to mention some users (looking at you @Walt) are fantastic at providing detailed, descriptive, accurate answers to them. I see no reason to bring up an argument about whether they should be kept. I think the community has spoken enough about the matter.
However, what about the other identify-this questions?
There are currently 19 identify-this-actor questions. 5 or 6 of them are just pictures or descriptions of actors (what was referred to in @atticae's post as identify-this-picture questions), with no link or reference as to where they were seen, e.g. this. The other questions, e.g. this, or this have enough about them that they are answerable, although their usefulness to anyone apart from the OP is debatable.
Moving on, we have identify-this-music-video questions. Previous meta questions, such as this one, show a strong dislike of this genre among the community. However, they still exist. A recent (poor) question, here, shows this dislike, with it sitting on -1 points.
The fifth identify-this shown above was identify-this-episode. There have only ever been six of these questions.
Finally, there is an identify-this-commercial tag, but there's only ever been one question and it was closed as off-topic, meaning it's unlikely we need to worry about it.
Now, we quite rightly discuss things in detail on this site. But sometimes (as the identify-this-music-video tag shows) we can discuss things for a while, before forgetting about them, without enacting any change from them. So I'm going to post a few answers here and I'm hoping to get some upvotes/downvotes based on people's preferences. Perhaps then, in say one week, we can review the answers and take some definitive action because of them.
My proposals would be:
- Scrap identify-this-music-video as off topic
- Amalgamate identify-this-episode with identify-this-tv-show
- Scrap identify-this-commercial (which is already effectively done)
- Scrap any identify-this-actor question which doesn't contain a reference as to where the actor was seen, e.g. an episode/movie/series, along with a description - meaning a single picture would be put on hold. Whilst this single picture may be easy to answer, it's unlikely to ever be searched for by someone online, so it's not useful for the site. A description accompanying a picture could be searched for though, just like identify-this-movie questions are searched for.
Obviously these are just my ideas and I know from experience :) that my ideas are certainly not always indicative of the community's. I'm going to add some answers and if people can upvote/downvote as they see fit, we can hopefully get some final consensus on this...
On a final note, this isn't meant to "hijack" @atticae's excellent discussion, but rather broaden it a little to include a discussion of other types of "identify-this" questions as well.