Today when I saw this question What happened to IMDB to cause ratings to be skewed?

I got little confused and even posted one close-vote but it's in a good Q/A format but is it in our boundaries? I mean are we going to allow question on Movie websites rating patterns or other similar prospective. I am not against it and doesn't even offending/defending it but curious to know if we are allowing this kind of question or not. It previously holding 4 down-vote but I think it could be allowed but my other major part of brain thinks it should not. So what's community stake on it?


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I don't think there is a major problem whether or not this is 'On Topic' or not - its kind of on the edge of what we ask questions about, but I don't see why it should be excluded.

I think the reason its collected a lot of close votes is because of its subjectivity. Its very hard to say what 'good' means to the broader population. The OP is saying the ratings are skewed - good movies are getting poor ratings etc - but that is subjective opinion.

But its specifically about Imdb rating pattern. So its not about any movie and tv show, rather then question target on a website. And i think its off topic.I am not sure about subjectivity – Ankit Sharma Mar 28 '13 at 15:57
@AnkitSharma It's about movies and TV shows, it's just one level abstracted, since IMDB is a site devoted to movies and TV shows. – user209 Mar 28 '13 at 16:02
@AnkitSharma - I'm in favor of keeping the scope of the site as broad as reasonable - probably one one end of our moderator spectrum on that point. – iandotkelly Mar 28 '13 at 16:04

I'm not a big fan of this question, but we've let other questions about IMDB fly before. I would say it just flew under the radar, but it's got 7 upvotes: are movie production companies hiring people to rate their movies on imdb

I didn't even favor of that question too. But i arrive too late on this site to see that question before. – Ankit Sharma Mar 29 '13 at 5:32

This question is in the same line as some of the questions about the availability of shows. To me this kind of questions is off-topic since they are basically support-requests about some arbitrary third-party website and not about movies and TV at all. We are not IMDb's, Netflix's or whatevermoviesite's support forum just because those sites are related to the topic of "Movies & TV" even if the respective questions aren't.

+1, finally i got support for my old request. – Ankit Sharma Mar 10 '14 at 13:02

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