I asked this question back at the private beta phase after watching Pirates of Silicon Valley and Revolution OS, which I found to be both enjoyable and informative, and I wanted to find more movies like that. Back then the idea of what was on topic and what wasn't was more loose, and so many people answered with movies that were more on the entertainment side, and got even upvoted quite a lot. I myself was hoping to see more answers in the documentary genre, but I felt like I should let the events play out because:
- I realized in advance that there might be some movies that are more on the entertainment side of things but still very iconic and influential to programmers' culture, and I felt like they should still be mentioned due to cultural relevance, so I left a slight gray area in that respect. Therefore, these answers were still kinda on topic.
- I wasn't familiar with a lot of the answers, so it was difficult for me to judge if they were good ones or not and I gave them the benefit of doubt.
- The definition of this site was more loose and the whole "discussion" was on topic in the grand scope of the site itself.
But now that I got to watch some of the top answers, and in light of the overlords cracking down on fun centric questions, I began to wonder if maybe the selection of answers in that question should be fixed.
I'm saying this because I still feel like my question has value for the same reason that movies about making movies have value for cinema students, and for the same reason that "what are your favorite programming blogs" has value, but because it was asked at the time when people were looking for a more forum-like community, and the boundries were loosly defined, the informative aspect of the question wasn't addressed, and now those top answers are setting the tone.
I modified the wording of my question, but now the effect is that there's a question with lots of high-rated answers that clearly don't answer it, and yet they are there because they were originally on topic. (EDIT: reverted to the original, asked a new question)
What do you think we should do about it? Create a new question? Ask the authors of each answer to re-evaluate it? Leave it as it is?