There is a recent close-vote review for a question that had a YouTube video in the post as the artifact for the game(s) needed to be identified. However, the post is nearing 4 years of age, and it seems the YouTube video is no longer available. A user commented on the post saying:

Flagging as "needs details or clarity" because the video link is no longer available.

Should posts like this be flagged as so? Should they be flagged with the standard Game Identification close reason of...

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...instead? Should they be left alone if that are answered (which this one is and accepted)...?

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    Personally, I'm going to close as needs detail or clarity as the asker did attempt to follow the rules initially.
    – MBraedley
    Jan 11, 2021 at 16:26

2 Answers 2


When the linked resource is no longer available, and we cannot easily locate an archive, mirror, or reupload, closing as 'Needs Details or Clarity' makes the most sense.

In this case, we don't even have anywhere to start looking for mirrors or reuploads - the video or channel was never mentioned by name.

There's also a question of usefulness for broken-link - if the source has been taken down entirely and no such backup exists - it's not really worth keeping on the site - it won't be useful to future readers. It'd be a bit different if it were a notable source like "What is the videogame shown in the movie Lorem Ipsum - [dead video link]" - because that could be useful in the future (and we could probably find that scene elsewhere).

So yes, 'Needs Details or Clarity' is the correct close reason in this case.


Well, I updated the link. I checked whether the video was snapshotted in the wayback machine and it appears to be working from there. Albeit quite slowly and no more embed possible.

It was a video I watched, because the topic of the video sounded intriguing. It's from a youtuber I never watched again. Just was interested in Night in the woods as it looked interesting and I couldn't recognize it, I linked the video and asked about it.

It looks like the Youtuber in question deleted his entire channel in late 2019 due to mental health issues.

Though, I'm absolutely puzzled how people find dead links in ancient questions, which aren't popular to begin with. :D

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    I didn't know archive.org took on YouTube too - that's a gargantuan task. In any case, thanks for updating your question!
    – Robotnik Mod
    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:43
  • Wow, didn't think Wayback machine would work for youtube. I suppose your post is valid once again! Going to leave the other answer as correct, since its about the handling of these types of questions, but thanks for the update.
    – Timmy Jim Mod
    Jan 12, 2021 at 12:57
  • Yes, don't. Otherwise G will try and kill this too. Keep it secret. Keep it safe.
    – Mazura
    Jan 13, 2021 at 0:55
  • @Mazura I doubt Google cares about the video. It was deleted, because the creator deleted his entire channel. Nothing to do with copyright strikes or whatever from Youtube itself.
    – Dulkan
    Jan 13, 2021 at 7:07

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