Questions like "What is this anime song?" or "What manga is this character from?" are vague by their title. Unless one takes a look inside, one cannot be helped by the solutions to these answers.
That makes this website function unlike other Stack Exchange communities. To quote it, Stack Exchange believes in questions that present, well, the question. It is their motto to not be a discussion portal or a forum.
However, these questions do classify as questions and are appropriate at this website. Someone might really want to know who a specific character is.
All the questions tied by the identification-request tag should therefore be a different genre of questions, or pseudo-questions, which do not conform totally by the Stack Exchange guidelines.
I can think of only three solutions (these are personal opinions only and can be revised or abandoned):
- Visual differentiation: We might differentiate such questions visually, so that they seem outer questions. A color change might do.
- Encouraging and teaching users about the rightful usage and crafting descriptive questions.
- Lengthening descriptions of those questions, or of all questions, can be beneficial.
Anime and Manga Stack Exchange is a special Stack Exchange website, and therefore needs special rules, probably.
But Why Should We Do It?
- It's hard to skip the common sense that goes against such questions.
- It's like not going by the ideals of Stack Exchange. For example, on Ask Ubuntu, I cannot ask questions like "What text editor is this?" and then slam all the description in the body. I will get downvoted a lot. (However, Ask Ubuntu doesn't even support identification-type questions, so maybe this point is useless.)
It also has bad implications: My question What is that twiggy strand in hair of some anime characters called? is marked as a duplicate (and rightfully so) for this question: "What is this hairstyle called?" (which is now changed to "Name of hair style with one strand sticking upwards" (which is apparently a non-standard, discussion-evoking question, but already has answers, so skips this issue)).
Now, if the other question had a descriptive name like mine, I would've found it in the search. But with such a non-descriptive name, even if I see the title, I won't bother to go inside it. Common sense. I would think that there can be a lot of hair styles - and would be tempted to write my own question (which I did).