I've seen several examples of "riddles" recently that are pure trivia:
(There are many more, but these are the most recent.)
I think that riddles should have some form of misdirection, wordplay, or other gimmick to be a puzzle - these are just trivia, not requiring any thought. Puzzles should have a "path" from solution to answer, even if the path is obscured - but for these types of riddles, you either know them or you have to look them up. There's no element of "figuring out" - the process of answering is governed by recognition, not by solving.
Is this view held by the rest of you too? If so, what should we do about these?
A conversation in mod chat that might explain my point of view more clearly:
Emrakul: "the process of answering is governed by recognition, not by solving." This is a real interesting philosophical distinction. I need to think about the implications a bit, because that seems to be the core premise: that puzzles governed by recognition of existing media are not puzzles, and/or don't belong on Puzzling.
Deusovi: I may have not expressed myself clearly there - it's not necessarily the "being about existing media" that's the issue. It's just that stating facts about something and asking for people to identify the thing isn't really a puzzle unless some other trick is involved. Like, "I'm yellow, I have a point at one end and a cylinder on the other, and you can use me to write. What am I?" isn't really a riddle. It's just a description of an object. Riddles need to have some form of wordplay or misdirection or cryptic metaphor or something that's not just a list of characteristics.