Eric's post a few days ago about identification requests contains a problematic paragraph:
First, let it be clear that I am talking about identifying an anime or manga from one or more images. Some questions, while tagged with identification-request, are not identifying anime or manga, but rather elements of a series. (This question is one example.)
The fact that Eric has to specify that he is talking about one kind of identification-request question but not the other kind of identification-request question strongly suggests that we are using the tag to refer to too many different kinds of things.
Let's take a look at the tag wiki excerpt:
For questions which ask about the identification of an anime/manga/character using a description; specific elements (like a character or song); or screenshots.
There are two entirely different types of questions here. First, we have questions in which the user does not know the name of the anime/manga/franchise they are looking for. This is the "conventional" sort of identification request, and I think it is uncontroversial that we should tag them with identification-request.
But on the other hand, this tag is also being used for questions where the user knows what franchise they're in and seeks to identify a "specific element". For example:
- What is the song from Naruto Shippuden episode 48 - Bonds at 3:10?
- What's the name of the music played during the final battle of Tokyo Ghoul √A episode 9?
- Who is the general depicted in the ending of Oda Nobuna no Yabou?
- Who is the character sporting a mohican whom Onizuka is parodying?
I see why people are tagging these questions with identification-request - the asker wants something "identified", right? But this is a dangerous line of thinking. Should we tag Is Nadia voluntarily inspired by Castle in the Sky? with identification-request because the asker wants to "identify" the connection between Nadia and Castle in the Sky? What about The Kamisama Hajimemashita anime covers the manga up to what chapter? - doesn't the asker want to "identify" the chapter at which the anime ends? No, of course we shouldn't.
This latter type of question is a completely different beast than the "conventional" identification request. Indeed, they even require different skillsets to answer - to answer a "conventional" identification request, you need to be good at Googling and mind-reading. Whereas, to answer a question like What is the context of this reference to Chrollo Lucilfer in Inou Battle manga chapter 1?, you need to know things about Hunter x Hunter and Inou Battle.
As such, I move to amend the tag wiki excerpt for identification-request to read something like this:
For questions in which you want to find the name of an anime, manga, or other work based on screenshots/recollections/etc.
Here is another example: Who is the creator of the manga Yu Yu Hakusho?. It was not tagged with identification-request. But it asks for the author (a tangible entity) to be identified. Should we tag this with identification-request? If one wishes to be consistent with the tagging decisions I describe above, I would think so. (For the purposes of this discussion, ignore the fact that the question sucks.)
tl;dr Let's stop using identification-request on things that aren't "conventional" identification requests.