29 votes
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What do we think about story identification?

Identification questions are like... The cabbage, radishes and shredded carrots that some sushi shops put on the platter before stacking up the meat & rice. They make the plate look nice and full, ...
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What do we think about story identification?

You may want to sit down. This is going to be long. Identification questions are helpful. Unlike, say, literary analysis, or questions about plot points in specific works of literature, ...
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Guidelines for good story-id questions?

Below is the guidance I propose; it already appears on the tag info page for story-identification since April, but the version below has some minor additions that I did not yet add, now that we have a ...
7 votes
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What to do with identification request answers that are confirmed to be inaccurate?

Identification requests are often based on information that is incomplete and sometimes even misremembered, so each answerer makes a best effort starting from an uncertain base. For this reason, I don'...
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Are comic identifications on topic?

Story identification questions are on-topic, and comics are on-topic, so comic identification questions should certainly be on-topic. I would, however, tag them with story-identification rather than ...
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5 votes
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Guidelines for good story-ID answers?

Explain how your answer matches the question as stated. Any story-ID question is going to include some data points about the story. Don't just say "this is the book you're looking for"; show how each ...
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5 votes

What to do with identification request answers that are confirmed to be inaccurate?

Leave it. Even if it's not what the OP of the question was looking for, the answer can still be useful to people who are looking for something similar. Remember, questions are indexed in search ...
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What to do with identification request answers that are confirmed to be inaccurate?

Leave the incorrect answer. That way someone who comes upon the question later can see that the OP has already said it’s incorrect. Otherwise that person might make the incorrect suggestion again.
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Should we make the criteria for book IDs stricter?

We already have detailed guidelines for identification requests (and an older meta post for this type of questions. From my point of view, the issue is not in the guidelines but in new users not being ...
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Are comic identifications on topic?

Personally, I only use the author tag I see most relevant. E.g. when asking about the story, I use the writer tag. When asking about the art, or the lettering, I use another tag. For the titles - our ...
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3 votes
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Assuming manga identification is on-topic, is this community okay being referred as an alternative resource on Anime & Manga SE?

The golden rule of migration is "Don't Migrate Crap". Story identification questions on this site must be as detailed as possible, with a few suggestions outlined in Guidelines for good story-id ...
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2 votes
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Should we make the criteria for book IDs stricter?

In my opinion, if there is not sufficient information to identify a specific book (say, someone says that they're looking for "a book about a boy who meets a girl in Chicago"), we already ...
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What is this site's policy on closing story-identifications as duplicates when they are not accepted?

story-identification questions should only be closed as duplicates where both answers are accepted, regardless of the similarity between them. (If the OP posts a "yes this is it" comment, that's as ...
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