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The inflow of Image ID questions continues unabated and our current guidance does not mention these specifically.

It's my understanding that the current 'rule' is that these are off-topic as not meeting site quality standards and are of neglible future value...right?

However the closure 'notice' is not explicit regarding Images.

"Identification questions must contain sufficient detail to meet the site's quality standards and should not be about a commercial or music video. For help writing a good identification question, see: Identify-This-X Questions

Nor...in the provided link is there any specific reference to Image ID.

Identification questions are currently on-topic for this site with the exception of commercials and music videos. Please try to show effort and give as much detail as possible:

So, can we amend the wording to include a specific reference to Image IDs?

Perhaps...

Identification questions must contain sufficient detail to meet the site's quality standards and should not be about a commercial, music video or consist only of an image. For help writing a good identification question, see: Identify-This-X Questions.

and

Identification questions are currently on-topic for this site with the exception of commercials, music videos and questions consisting only of an image for detail. Please try to show effort and give as much detail as possible.

Thoughts.

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    I'm ok with this, because it will also include questions that want to id an actor via an image, which is off-topic as well as low quality – DForck42 Jan 18 '17 at 17:14
  • @DForck42 Yes, this would encompass Movie / Actor / Episode IDs... **anything ** that is just an image and "Please find X for me". – Paulie_D Jan 18 '17 at 17:16
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    Yet you complain about this for a question that's clearly does not consist of only an image... you are not consistent with it. – cde Jan 18 '17 at 17:37
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    @cde I'm not sure which question you are referring to. – Paulie_D Jan 18 '17 at 19:49
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    I'm guessing this one - movies.stackexchange.com/questions/67051/…. Arguably borderline that one... I went back and forth on that one..but that's actually closed for a different reason than that under discussion here. – Paulie_D Jan 18 '17 at 20:03
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    You voted as ID, the mod bizarrely closed it as trivia. His reason overrode yours for the close text. – cde Jan 18 '17 at 21:48
  • Okay, I'll set this straight here. I can see who voted as what and noone there voted as ID, as can also be seen from the close message itself, which includes all users who voted that way behind the actual reason. – Napoleon Wilson Jan 18 '17 at 21:52
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    I did mention Image ID questions in the comments just for reference but voted as a trivia question. The actor does appear on IMDB...but the OP didn't recognise him. As I said, I went back and forth on that one. However, not the point I'm trying to make here. – Paulie_D Jan 18 '17 at 22:00
  • Are there any ID questions which contain an image which are acceptable? I should imagine reverse image search would take care of the lot of them.... – Wildcard Jan 31 '17 at 8:06
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    @Wildcard Odd you should ask...this one doesn't have image but might benefit from one. But then it becomes "Prove this isn't someone" ..which is actually worse I think. – Paulie_D Feb 1 '17 at 16:21
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Due to the overwhelming support for this proposal, the respective sections in the help center and the close-reason have been ammended as proposed.

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    Yay! An excellent step forward. – Paulie_D Jun 19 '17 at 20:58

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