My personal opinion is that a Music Fans site should be accessible to Music Fans. I think song identification is a big part of being a music fan. Being able to identify an obscure piece being played on piano or some rock song that was recorded by a local band and never released but happened to show up in an episode of a tv show. Whenever I run into these things the first place I turn is the internet. When I run into a programming issue, I can usually expect one of the first results to be StackOverflow and usually these help me solve my problem. I don't see why we wouldn't want Music Fans to be the same for identifying tracks.
I would agree we that there are frustrations when a questions has poor details or is something that could easily be solved with a little research on the part of the asker, but I think that is why we should make sure to have some good guidelines on what a good identification question is. Things I can think of off the top of my head:
- Provide a sample or clip that contains the song you want to identify
- If its part of a tv show or video clip, provide details about the clip or show
- Samples should be good quality so that the song can be heard
A poor question would be along the lines of:
I heard a song once in the 80's I think the chorus said something like
"baby baby you make me feel good" I was 3 when I heard it.
A good question would identify the specifics surrounding the song:
Can anyone tell me the name of the song in this clip [link to clip]. Jump
to 0:45 to hear the sample. This is from a commercial run circa 1993
locally in Madison, WI.
That's not a great example obviously. But in general I think the point I'm making is that if someone provides good details surrounding the song they want to identify, we should allow it.
I personally think that by disallowing identification questions you will render Music Fans obsolete for a large majority of people, both people with questions and those of us who actually don't mind the investigation process that goes into trying to identify a song clip.
When you hover over the downvote button the help text reads "The question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful". This seems like a pretty good standard to use for any type of question including these. There can be good and bad identification questions.