I'm here to announce the first phase of the our clean up of "identification request", as detailed in this proposal. Seeing that there have not been any noteworthy counter proposals, we're looking to move ahead with deprecating and eventually removing these questions from the site.

The cleanup will consist of three phases: deprecation, blacklisting, and removal.

Here is a summary of the actions that will be taken in this first phase:

  • Phase 1: Deprecation (Ongoing for the next 15 days, until May 23, 2016)
  • Modify the existing "minimum standard" off-topic reason Create a new close reason to say:

    Identification questions are off-topic (new and old), because they tend to attract low-quality and low-effort posts. The community has decided to no longer support these questions. Please refer to this meta post for additional details.

    All "identification-request" question are now off-topic and will no longer be accepted on this site. However, such question are still welcome in our main chat for users with with at least 20 rep (globally on StackExchange).

  • Encourage all users with the close privilege to close all NEW questions (those tagged and untagged). In other words, please do as you've been doing for the current "identification-request" questions, but now do them for all new, incoming "identification-requests." You may go around and close older identification request, but any unclosed "identification-request" questions from before this meta post will be taken cared of in Phase Two.
  • Inform new users about the , , and tags as needed. There will be a separate meta (to be updated) on guidelines of how to use these tags.

What's been updated?

What's coming up:

  • Phase 2: Blacklisting (15 days from this post, starting May 23, 2016, note the length was shortened after receiving feedback from users)
    1. Ask the CMs for assistance in closing all remaining "identification-requests" (that have not been closed), and apply a historical lock on ALL questions tagged with (and tag synonyms, as needed) The tag will stay on the post, but it will not be editable by all users, except for moderators and CMs.
    2. When a tag is blacklisted, any and all post that have said tag will not be accepted. While editing is allowed on locked questions by the moderators, subsequent edits to post with the blacklisted tag will remove the tag from the question.

As always please let us know if you have questions or comment on the details or procedures made in this post.

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    Congratulations for this great accomplishment. Commented May 9, 2016 at 12:09
  • Just wondering, quite confused somehow. What happens to the ID requests with accepted decent answers? will they be deleted or will the question be tag according to its Anime name?
    – Kym NT
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 8:43
  • @ᙈnlḭ๓ḭtḕᕍᏰᙈᖇຮt refer to Phase 2: The tag will stay on the post, but it will not be editable by all users, except for moderators and CMs.
    – Aki Tanaka Mod
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 11:29

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I found quite a few old questions tagged with that seem to not quite be questions of the type we're banning. For example, some questions asked for references used in a series:

Some of the cases where the tag was used for character identification:

(There were also some other cases, such as people wanted to identify an episode where something happened.) Would these be affected by the closure of all questions with the ID request tag (and if so, do we need to clean these up by removing the offending tag)?

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    id-reqs should not have a series tag. Please remove the id-req tag from questions with series tags
    – кяαzєя Mod
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 7:05
  • @ʞɹɐzǝɹ Thanks, I'll take note of that. (The tagging, at least in the majority of these cases, was definitely not right to me, but I wasn't sure if something "automatic" in the clean-up process might spare us the tedium of going through questions to locate those with improper tagging and fixing them.)
    – Maroon
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 7:14
  • I've gone through all of the questions I found where the ID request tag was used in conjunction with series tag. I'm still not sure what is to be done about this question, since it's asking for doujinshi identification, which is somewhat different, I think, from episode identification or the like. It's also still possible that I've missed a couple questions here and there, if only the identification-request tag was used on them.
    – Maroon
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 2:05
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    Thanks for your help, it's greatly appreciated.
    – кяαzєя Mod
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 4:34

: tooltip rectified, and line about the tag on the sidebar removed.

I know this will probably be moot when the tag is blacklisted in about 2 weeks however when asking a question it still seems to imply we allow these questions

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My suggestions would be

  1. with the "how to tag" remove the id request part
  2. we can probably do away with the first paragraph of the popup if not the pop-up entirely since if users were reading the links in this we wouldn't have had so much crap.

    an alternative is to alter the first paragraph saying that the tag is depreciated and now off-topic, linking to the necessary meta, something along the lines of

identification requests are off-topic and are in the process of being removed.

  • +1, I was just about to mention this and you beat me to it. (Also, I'm now even more confused about why so many people thought it was okay to splatter random tags all over id requests, when there was a guideline right there the whole time telling them to tag it id request.)
    – Torisuda
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 5:10
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    +2 - I reposted this suggestion as a feature request meta.anime.stackexchange.com/questions/2817/… Commented May 10, 2016 at 8:18

: I've removed the duplicate entry.

This seems to be a bit duplicated:

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Let's be sure to remove the bottom entry; since identification requests are explicitly no longer allowed, having a section that includes the proviso of it only being some form of media is unnecessary.


For those who want to start going though and start closing all the question which are still opened i have a search query one can use to return all the questions which aren't closed.

[identification-request] closed:no is:question

Hyperlink (sorted by newest)

so far the first 50 results i got also didn't show those that are on-hold so it should skip those which have been recently closed.

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    It's not recommended, due to the large quantity of them. However, people are free to do so if they so choose to. Phase 2 is intended to do this in bulk so everyone doesn't have to do it manually, one by one.
    – кяαzєя Mod
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 11:13
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    This does help with locating questions with improper tagging that we want to keep though, even if closing matters less.
    – Maroon
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 17:36
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    Note though that is:question isn't necessary: once I specify something like closed:0 in the search, I only get questions.
    – Maroon
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 22:59

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