Today, I came across a situation that makes for a very good illustration of the reason for my most recent meta question -- several questions have been asked, answered, and/or accepted about an old TV movie called "The Questor Tapes."
The questions are as follows:
Jan 30 2014 - Android reshapes dice in casino (Android reshapes dice in casino) [answer formally accepted]
Jan 24 2016 - Film about alien/android that molds facial features [answer not accepted]
Nov 21 2016 - Sci fi movie where Earth's most influential figures are revealed to be alien androids [answer informally accepted by comment]
Aug 20 2017 - What was the name of 1960ish movie about an android that had to find its creator before its internal H-bomb would make it blow up [answer formally accepted]
Jun 26 2019 - Movie where an android has incomplete programming [answer formally accepted]
Per apparent broad consensus, the community-desired outcome would be to choose one of the four accepted answers above as the "best" of the lot, and to close the other three questions with accepted answers as duplicates of it. Note that this means that the challenge is to decide which is the best of the group, not simply whether any one is better than any other.
There are pros and cons for each post (taking both Q&A into account), as I see it:
- Jan 30 2014 - highest votes for Q&A, oldest question with accepted answer, formally accepted, but focuses on very specific scene
- Nov 21 2016 - distinctive higher-level plot feature (reveal about historical figures being androids), answer has photos, but not formally accepted
- Aug 20 2017 - clearest overall plot summary, formally accepted, but Q&A are both very terse and potentially confusable with other films
- Jun 26 2019 - distinctive higher-level plot feature (incompletely programmed android), at least one picture, formally accepted, but Q&A of only basic overall quality
The question that has attracted the most links from others is ironically the only one of the five without an accepted answer.
Since many people seem to have strong opinions about what makes for "better" questions and answers, I'm inviting you all to chime in with an answer below that makes a case for one of the four answers deemed accepted by the rules for closing duplicates. I'm very interested to see what kind of reasoning garners the most support.
As a courtesy, I would request that nobody close any of the answers as duplicates until there has been a chance for a discussion to develop here. These questions have remained open for some time, and there is no pressing reason to close them until an attempt to reach consensus can be made.