This question here, asks if anyone knows what the mountain in the background picture is. Should we be keeping these questions open? If yes, where is the end to "identify the mountain/dessert/ocean" questions? There's even a "mountain-identifying" tag. Not sure if this makes any sense.

If we allow specifies identification shouldn't we also allow for mountain identification? Tagging has also been discussed. –  ppl Apr 23 at 22:19

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For me the answer to the question "should this be on topic" is emphatically No.

For me one of the major points of SE sites is; to be a repository of useful information (not just answering the askers question but providing a placeholder so someone else doesn't have to ask the same question again).

Number of issues:

  • Is this question useful to anyone else?
  • How would anyone find this question again.
  • Most of these photos (that one included as iStockphoto is pay site) is probably covered by copy write issues.
  • Will the site descend into a pub quiz of "spot the mountain", "name this person", etc. etc. type question.
My point exactly. I have voted for closing the question in contention. –  Unsung Jan 13 '14 at 11:17
Ditto. I don't know whether it's because I come from the cut throat world of SO but I feel the site needs to be a bit more rufless with closing(down voting) bad questions. It's in fear of the bad questions becoming a majority. –  Liam Jan 13 '14 at 11:20
As of now, not too many silly, bad questions are there on the site. But yes, I am surprised about some of the questions still being open. As the site grows, it is expected to mature and the downvoting/closing will become more aggressive. –  Unsung Jan 13 '14 at 11:25
Yeah, maybe a little melodramatic of me there?! :) But you do need to cut these things in the bud. –  Liam Jan 13 '14 at 11:28
Agree. And good point mentioning about copy write issues. Not all might be aware of these. –  Unsung Jan 13 '14 at 11:29
First it is copyright, not copy write :-)! Second, it would most likely fall into fair use. –  ppl Apr 20 '14 at 15:56

Yes, mountain identifying assistance is acceptable. For example, a user may wonder which mountain a park's promotional pamphlet is featuring.

Other users may wonder exactly the same thing. Provided that the question is descriptive other may benefit from it.

It should not be limited to just moutain identifying. They are simply, generally, valid questions.

I disagree. If you allow mountain identifying, you should allow all other geological identifying as well. It would lead to a chaos beyond control. –  Unsung Apr 23 '14 at 6:59
@Unsung Woah, that sounds scary! :-) –  ppl Sep 1 '14 at 20:50
The problem I have with this answer (and thus with geographic identifying) that there is no way to search the questions/answers. How should you know if there is already an question picturing your mountain, and how should you find these questions via a search engine? –  Paul Paulsen Apr 18 at 10:37
@PaulPaulsen See this question/answer. There is naming convention for this type of questions already. e.g. identify-this-mountain. –  ppl Apr 23 at 22:18

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