One of the top tags on this site is story-identification, with over 400 questions to date. Such questions are on-topic here: a literature site is the most likely to have well-read people with the necessary experience to be able to identify stories and solve such questions. But identifying other things, not necessarily stories as such, can also be on-topic here. We've had a few such questions already, for example:
- Anthology of literary theory that illustrates each theory by applying it to the same works
- Which Biography of Einstein
- Poems collecting African proverbs
In a previous meta, a user requested the then-newly-created tag
book-identification to be merged/synonymised into story-identification, which a then-moderator duly did. A later-posted answer made the case that not all ID questions are story-ID questions, but no proposed alternative tag name could satisfy everyone. The
book-identification proposed in that answer would sooner or later run into the same problem as
story-identification, since sometimes we might identify things that aren't books;
identification proposed in a comment would be ambiguous since that's also a term in literary theory;
work-identification was proposed in another comment but strikes me as confusing because, even though on this site we often use "work" to mean literary work, that's not the most common meaning of that word.
I suggest tagging all ID questions identification-request and synonymising the other tags.
This tag seems appropriate to me because it covers all possible types of thing we might want to identify: stories, comics, books of literary theory, poetry collections, biographies, oral traditions, ... anything that's on-topic for the site. It also avoids the pitfalls of
work-identification as a tag name, since this proposed name seems unambiguously usable for questions asking for identification of something (e.g. not about the literary technical term "identification").
What do people think? Pros or cons of this tag rename? Discuss!
(Note that, if a tag rename is approved by community consensus, a moderator can do it without needing to manually edit any questions. It's just a few clicks using the tag merge tool.)