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Many of the "name all of these characters" questions get several downvotes.

  1. Who are the 378 mutants in this image?
  2. Can you identify each character and spacecraft in this Star Trek TNG 30th anniversary poster?
  3. Who are the characters on this Legend of Zelda poster?
  4. Who are all these superheros in Avengers: Endgame poster?
  5. Can we identify all the characters in this Universe 113 poster?

There are similar questions, all asking people to name all of the characters or objects within a poster. Most of the ones I checked have quite a few downvotes.

None of these are my questions, so I don't have any skin in the game. I am just curious why the number of downvotes for these tends to be higher than average.

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    I find them pretty boring, tbh. It's also pretty common for OP to not do any research on them and just dump a picture and stand back. – Valorum Sep 5 at 6:09
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    Sometimes they get close-votes as "too broad". Probably some people feel that asking to identify (e.g.) 378 characters is stretching the limits of what's OK for a single SE question. But in general the positive response is overwhelmingly more than the negative. – Rand al'Thor Sep 5 at 7:43
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To be honest unless I really like the image I tend to stay largely away from these questions and as Rand stated in the comments most of these questions are largely upvoted, it's just they also attract downvotes. I can think of a few reasons though:

  • They can be quite boring. Some are "here's an image of some well known characters, who are they all". It's not really a challenge for most people and quite boring.

  • To tie in with the above point the questions rarely show any research effort which is one of the reasons to downvote. The question is generally of the form "here's an image who/what is in it". Even when here's some of the most highly recognisable characters in there the OPs rarely mention them.

  • Asking to identify a few hundred people/things is bordering on "Too Broad". Whilst we've decided as a community to keep them and not close them some will still downvote to voice their disagreement with them.

To tie it together, there are just some people who don't like these questions and that's fine. Their reasons can vary wildly from person to person and question to question and I have by no means covered them here.

At the end of it all just look at the score of these posts which is almost always overwhelmingly positive. It doesn't matter about the odd downvote here and there when the majority are upvoting them.

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