As the SCREEN-L moderator, let me add one more comment about the posting of research questions. I have sometimes screened out questions that were *too* obvious or easily answered by commonly available reference books ("Hey! What year was BIRTH OF A NATION released?!") and I do enourage folks to take the time to look for something locally before consulting this *international* forum. However, among SCREEN-L's 776 members (at last count) are individuals with a broad variety of film/TV literacy--from newly starting out students to folks like myself who've been in this game a while. I hope that SCREEN-L can be a service to students/scholars on *all* levels. So, even if a research question appears to be a simple one, I generally let it through. If a question strikes you as simplistic, then let fly with that DELETE key...or, if you're feeling more generous, jot a quick answer and bring that poster up to your level. And if you're concerned about the level of discussion here, then feel free to start a new thread and pull SCREEN-L into a subject about which you feel strongly. Jeremy Butler SCREEN-L Moderator [log in to unmask] ----------------------------Original message---------------------------- like. But please don't send out a letter asking people to stop writing questions like "x" or "y." If I have a question, I don't want to feel I have to think about whether it's acceptable to ask something like this in such a revered place. This is NOT a revered place. This is a vast commons. We all have the power to neglect to read things that bore or irritate us--people can neglect to read this.