There's currently a question on the frontpage about client-relations (from the client's perspective) for freelance video production. I thought it was a valid question and provided an answer, but in the review queue I noticed that it received two close-votes for off-topic already. It has also gotten one downvote.
I'm wondering why whoever cast those votes thinks the question is off-topic/inappropriate. Dealing with clients and managing relations between video editors and clients is a part of video production, after all.
I see two possible reasons why this would be considered off-topic:
- Because the asker in this case is the client, not the editor/producer. I don't think that's a good reason to close the question, but fair enough.
- Because it could be considered asking for legal advice, which would be better suited for law.SE. However, this specific question is not about the law in particular, rather the asker wants to know how he should proceed in dealing with the producing company and mentions a lawsuit as a possible proceeding.
If there's a discussion about whether or not client relations are on-topic for video.SE, I strongly suggest they are. For reference, this sort of question is quite common on graphicdesign.SE and they usually get many upvotes and answers formulating different perspectives. And, as I mentioned, it's an important part of the production process after all. Also, if we want to incentivise more intriguing questions, we shouldn't be too hasty to close questions that are a bit different from the usual. To be honest, I'm kinda fed up with all those 'how do I do this very basic thing in Premiere Pro, I am not capable of using Google' questions. So I believe it could be quite healthy to broaden the scope a bit in regards to what should be considered on-topic.
In the same sense, there should be a tag for these kinds of questions, something like client-relations?