As a result of the discussion about this question, we approached the CMs to find out whether there was a way we can support video material in questions on Sports.SE in a way that is beneficial for the site.
Good news - there is one! They can enable Youtube embeds, similar to how I think they do them on Movies & TV.
So, we come to the community with the question: should we? Video-based questions may be a benefit to the site, but they do bring with them some downsides as well, so we want to discuss whether it's appropriate to do so.
Some notes on video questions, from the CMs:
- Make sure the majority of content on the site doesn't become video questions
- Make sure questions are not only "what's in this video". So, for example, a question "What's this movie" and then a video is a bad question on movies & TV
- Even if the question is "What's this play" and then a video, try to describe the play in words a little bit, even if the video is there to illustrate. That's good both for accessibility as well as if the video goes down.
I want to underline #3 there: the question should still, as much as possible, describe the video in text - both for users who do not want to view a video, and in case the Youtube video goes down. In the question that spawned this, we would still have expected at least some description of the play (even if the user couldn't really accurately do so, the attempt is appropriate), and ultimately end up with the text we have now - we just wouldn't have needed that embedded gif.
I'll post two answers, please upvote the one you agree with (do not downvote the other one, only upvotes will be considered). We'll keep this open a few weeks given how dead meta tends to be.
Edit: Given the 6/1 responses for/against, we will be looking to the CMs to implement this shortly. Will update again when they do! Thanks everyone for participating!