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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't think it's fair to delete inaccurate answers based on feedback from the question asker; that would be like moving the goal posts after the answer was ...


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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 engines and people do search for works that they're looking for, and find the questions here; so if someone is searching for something similar, even if it's not what ...


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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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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 aware of them. When new identification requests are reviewed, we point (new) users to the guidelines in the tag wiki. This usually helps. Closing a question ...


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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 have a fine closing reason, "Needs details or clarity". I do not believe that we have a plague of questions for works that do not exist, and the cases ...


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