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This is just a heads-up: per the request of the membership of this site, I'll be moving 54 ID questions from the Movies & TV site to Science Fiction & Fantasy today.

What does this involve?

As part of the batch migration process, each question will be locked and deleted on Movies & TV, then recreated here.

  • All non-deleted answers will be migrated along with each question.
  • All votes on posts scoring >= 0 will be migrated (but attributed to the system)
  • All posts scoring < 0 will be reset to a 0 score and have no votes initially.
  • Tags on migrated questions will be preserved if they already exist on Science Fiction & Fantasy at the time of migration.
  • Additionally, I will apply the and tags to all questions during migration; in this way there will be no untagged questions resulting from this.

Tags currently used on these questions that will be preserved:

  • animation
  • anime
  • cameo
  • crossovers
  • horror
  • time-travel
  • western

Tags currently used on these questions that will be stripped during migration

  • action
  • character
  • comedy
  • documentary
  • fantasy
  • identify-this-episode
  • identify-this-movie
  • identify-this-tv-show
  • romance
  • science-fiction
  • short-films
  • spy-movie
  • thriller

If you want any of these tags to be preserved, you must create them here prior to the start of migration at 23:00 UTC today!

After the migration is complete

I will post a list of links to all migrated questions here; at that point, any necessary editing can be performed to bring them in-line with this community's standards.


If you have any questions or concerns, please post them here prior to the start of the migration process at 23:00 UTC today; this will be the only mass migration of ID questions from MTV to SFF, so once begun no additional questions can be added to or removed from the list.

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    Thanks for the heads-up, and also for automatically applying the story-identification tag to all these questions! Due to that, we may not need to do any retagging on this end at all. But just to make sure: once migrated, will these questions immediately appear at the top of the "active" tab on SFF? I guess it doesn't matter that much, since there'll be a list on meta anyway for manual review, but good to confirm in advance. – Rand al'Thor Feb 5 '18 at 19:59
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    It's been a few years since I last did this, @Rand - and honestly, I don't remember. I'm pretty sure they'll only appear if you have the tab open during the migration (and click the live update banner), but I'm not going to guarantee that. Aside: if you're around at 23:00, you should totally open the homepage and watch the live update ticker - it's like a lunar eclipse: rare, weird, and ultimately disappointing. – Shog9 Feb 5 '18 at 20:01
  • Will they have the movie tag? – user14111 Feb 5 '18 at 20:51
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    No, @user14111. Should they? – Shog9 Feb 5 '18 at 20:54
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    I think it would make sense, but as usual I suppose I'm a minority of one. Personally, I think that if we're trying to find a story, it helps a lot to know if we're looking for a movie or a novel or a short story (which may not be clear from the body of the question), but that's probably just me. Also, the tag might make it easier for us non-movie-goers (all one of us) to ignore the movie-id questions. – user14111 Feb 5 '18 at 21:28
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    Makes sense; the movie tag guidance explicitly calls out the story-id combo as an appropriate use for the tag. I'll add it to the list. – Shog9 Feb 5 '18 at 21:36
  • Until you get a TV-show... ;-) But maybe that's included in the movie tag anyway. – TARS Feb 5 '18 at 21:42
  • @TARS - We can sort those manually. – Valorum Feb 5 '18 at 22:10
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    As TARS gives a nod to, some of the questions listed for migration are about movies and some are about TV shows. Please don't add the movie tag to all of them. If we want media tags on them, we can add them manually; better to have relevant tags missing than wrong tags included. (Sorry for the confusion! @user14111 I agree media tags are useful, but we have two separate media tags for screen stuff.) – Rand al'Thor Feb 5 '18 at 22:13
  • @Randal'Thor Valorum has a point, though, that most of them will likely be movies anyway and it might be eaiser to fix the ones that aren't rather than all of them. – TARS Feb 5 '18 at 22:14
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    This is less of a problem than it sounds, @Rand - of the 54 questions marked for migration, 52 have [identify-this-movie], 3 have [identify-this-tv-show] and 1 has [identify-this-episode] (yes, this means some jackass used multiple tags on a couple of questions). There are 50 that have only the [identify-this-movie] tag - so the expedient way to do this is to just add the [movie] tag to those 50 and leave the rest with only [story-identification]. Yes, chances are these will all have to be edited eventually, but since some folks around here get tetchy about edits I'll do what I can. – Shog9 Feb 5 '18 at 22:19
  • OK, great! If it's easy for you to auto-add tags with that level of precision, then identify-this-movie -> movie and identify-this-tv-show/identify-this-episode -> tv would be perfect. (I'm not too worried about edit tetchiness here; this is enough of a once-in-a-lifetime event that we should be able to cope with a messed-up front page for a few hours.) – Rand al'Thor Feb 5 '18 at 22:27
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    Not gonna touch the TV ones, @Rand - I suspect they're bogus anyway, and in the case of episode you'll need to edit to add the series. – Shog9 Feb 5 '18 at 22:29
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    Also the bounty offered on those questions is also restored to those who offered it. – Not Feb 6 '18 at 6:16
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