Why was Count Dooku not given the title "Darth"?

Googling for "count dooku darth" brings up as the very first link+blurb:

Count Dooku - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus. Star Wars character. Christopher Lee ... Count Dooku

However, I'm the only one who voted to close as general reference.

Is it just me not getting the GR rules, or merely not enough people online?

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a close reason that was abandoned long ago
    – Kevin
    Commented May 18, 2014 at 12:18

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I don't see the answer to the question in the Wikipedia page nor in the first Google hits. Ok, Dooku did have a Darth name, but why wasn't he known by it? The Star Wars wiki has an extended biography that may contain the answer (something about using his nobility status for a power base, I think), but it could use a summary targeted to this specific issue.

On the other hand, given that the question has a massively upvoted accepted answer which only mentions the existence of the Darth name and does not go into the why at all, this Q&A is not providing any new content on the Internet or making any content more accessible. This is the very point of the general reference close reason: if we're not improving on Wikipedia, the thread is a waste of time. I say kill it, and let the question be reasked (insisting on a proper answer) if someone cares.

  • Thanks. what did you search on? My Q showed the Wikipedia blurb straight from Google hits (not even Wiki itself), you must have had a different search. Commented Jan 29, 2012 at 13:54
  • @DVK I used the same search, and a few variations which didn't turn up anything more relevant. I see the blurb “Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus. Star Wars character. Christopher Lee ... Count Dooku is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe. Dooku is one of the main” for WP; this gives the Darth name but does not say anything about why.
    – user56
    Commented Jan 29, 2012 at 20:28
  • Since the Q was 'Why was Count Dooku not given the word "Darth"?' - the fact that he WAS given a name as the blurb shows answers the question 100%, IMHO Commented Jan 29, 2012 at 21:41
  • I felt silly when that thirty-second answer earned so much rep and some badges, particularly since I haven't otherwise really contributed to this site. No objection here.
    – Jeremy
    Commented Jan 30, 2012 at 19:00
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    So what you're saying is we should all stop wasting our time here and edit Wikipedia instead. Commented May 6, 2013 at 3:02
  • @SamuelEdwinWard - No, but the FAQ for the site explicitly says that you need to show effort in research. This question shows none.
    – Valorum
    Commented May 15, 2014 at 23:06

I agree its general reference if you found it with google and answered on Wikipedia.

I think some people don't at least research a little before posting.


I've flagged it as "general research". Searching for "Count Dooku Darth" (without the quotes) answers the main question in all top 10 search results on google. The top 3 results even give the answer on the first line.

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Any level of research whatsoever would have immediately yielded the result. As far as I'm concerned this sort of question borders on trolling

You might as well ask who Luke's father is.

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    We no longer close questions due to "General Reference". And it's not a bad question otherwise
    – The Fallen
    Commented May 15, 2014 at 23:42
  • @SSumner - It borders on trolling IMHO.
    – Valorum
    Commented May 15, 2014 at 23:50
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    "General Reference" used to be one of the preexisting close reasons (like "too broad" and "primarily opinion-based" are nowadays). It was removed a long time ago, and is no longer a valid reason to close questions (although downvoting is still fair game).
    – Izkata
    Commented May 16, 2014 at 0:26
  • @dvk - As I said, this question goes beyond "general reference". Even the most casual viewing of the film would have revealed the answer, as would a simple google search for the character's name.
    – Valorum
    Commented May 16, 2014 at 0:28
  • @Richard I'm not DVK. And even back when General Reference was around, Google didn't count, because it culls results based on your location and prior searches. It only applied to Wikipedia and IMDB (and maybe ISFDB, can't remember) - sites that were reliable and built for a specific purpose that we could use General Reference akin to how closing as duplicates points to the answer being somewhere else.
    – Izkata
    Commented May 16, 2014 at 0:55
  • @Richard - trolling implies deliberate attempt to damage. Throwing such an accusation reqiures a solid proof of INTENT of damage. Commented May 16, 2014 at 1:12
  • Also, I wonder who Luke's father really is. I STILL maintain it's Obi-Wan. Have you seen how jealous Anakin was in ROTS? Commented May 16, 2014 at 1:14
  • We don't require having watched, read or listened to source material, we don't have too localized or general reference close reasons. Downvote it to oblivion if you want, but there is no legitimate reason to close this.
    – phantom42
    Commented May 16, 2014 at 1:34
  • Also, Google is not general reference. Just saying.
    – Martha
    Commented May 16, 2014 at 21:44
  • @Martha - Wrong stack, but good point.
    – Valorum
    Commented May 17, 2014 at 5:34

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