I was pretty sure identifying some element of a known series (a piece of music, an episode, a scene, a reference) was still on-topic and should be tagged with the series. But questions like this keep showing up in the close vote queue: most recently What music plays in Hunter x Hunter SLOW MO?, but also stuff like In which episode does Luffy get his finger stuck in a bottle?.

I was under the impression these kinds of questions were still on-topic; they're not always great questions, but no type of question is infallible, and that's what downvotes are for.

Can we clarify this issue? Should these questions be closed as identification requests?

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I am under the impression that these are still on-topic as per Krazer's reply to my comment in his answer which is the accepted policy to ID Requests

@Memor-X Music identification is series specific, so it's not an id-req. Questions about doujinshi should be acceptable. However identifying a doujinshi of a specific series is an id-req and should not include a series tag as there really is no direct connection. However if you wish would like to ask about finding a doujinshi a specific author did on a specific series, then you can use the author name and the series name as tags. This makes identifying the title more specific and answerable, as opposed to grasping for straws in the dark like we currently do for id-reqs.

Remember that Music Identification is generally a hell of a lot easier because we will know the anime and the asker is expected to give us when about the music plays in the form of describing the scene of a timed youtube link and most of the time the answer lies in the Soundtracks.

Scene identification for the most part i would be ok with it since you can get questions like asking when flashback originally occurred because with animation, to save money scenes are reused (ie. in Bleach when Karin thinks back to when she was at the graveyard and was attacked by a Hollow), the origin scene to a meme (ie. the pregnancy test meme), etc.

ofcause these kinds of questions, just as Krazer's comment says it's series specific and more or less fall under the lines of iding characters/objects within a series.


I am of the opinion that these particular questions are indeed on-topic; they eliminate a lot of the issues that we originally had with identification requests by being explicit and very narrow in scope.

However, I also believe that they make for poorer questions (and answers) in general. It may be nice to figure out what the name of some BGM is playing in the background so you can purchase it later, and it may be nice to have some closure on where a scene from an episode came from. However, I personally don't feel satisfied when I see a similar pattern of answer as we did with original identification requests. This may be worth a separate discussion, but for now, identifications for music and scenes is on-topic.

  • Yeah, they're not great questions; in fact, I downvote many of them. But I support leaving them alone for now. If they become the plague that regular id requests were, we can talk about it.
    – Torisuda
    Jul 20, 2016 at 2:50

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