This question: What are these classic 80's action movies? was closed as "Needs more focus" and then subsequently reopened.

This was surprising to me. It's demonstrably asking to identify more than one work. There are two answers, each identifying a completely different movie.

More complications arise when thinking of our story-id policy on duplicates. Would this question serve as a good dupe target for the movie Akira (the accepted answer)? And it can't be closed as a dupe of this question, even though (one of) the answer(s) correctly identifies Time Bandits.

I am curious. Why was this question reopened and why does it remain open?

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Why was this question reopened[?]

@lfurini's comment is instructive as to his (and my) thinking.

I'm voting to reopen this, as I think it does not contain a bunch of unrelated questions but rather asks to identify several sci-fi scenes from a definite source, not unlike other character identification questions that were well received (having screenshots would definitely improve the question, though)

Asking it as a series of separate questions would be less messy, but so would all of the other examples given in his comment.

"It's demonstrably asking to identify more than one work."

At the time of asking OP had no idea that these were two distinct properties.

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    "At the time of asking OP had no idea that these were two distinct properties." - this I did not know. Knowing that, the actions on the post make more sense to me
    – fez
    Dec 4, 2023 at 19:06
  • @Fez - You're not wrong. They should have posted one question for each ID. Had they turned out to all be from the same film, we could have duped them to each other.
    – Valorum
    Dec 4, 2023 at 19:10

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