Or sometimes we see ID questions where the track to be IDed is on a page where the legality is doubtful (like Song on the documentary G-Funk) or where we need to have an account and to be logged in, like :

  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Youtube (when sometimes requires a connexion)
  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • etc...

Do we allow this?

I suggest we restrict the hosts to a limited list (Youtube, Soundcloud...?) and ask users to change the host of their content, then eventually close the question.


4 Answers 4


I vote no. If the link isn't publicly accessible to a non-logged in user, it should be removed.


There's always the approach used on Music Practice & Theory, which is to have 'allowable' links automatically embed, e.g. SoundCloud & YouTube

That also puts the onus on policing for illicit material on those bodies, not on us.

If it won't embed, it's off-topic.

  • By "inline", do you mean embedded? Like in this question?
    – Bebs
    Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 9:39
  • yup, I was terminology-challenged ;) Fixed.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Mar 1, 2017 at 9:41
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    Why was this never implemented here? Seems like a given?
    – NPN328
    Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 9:00

We've never discussed this to my knowledge. At the moment we're allowing identification questions, so I'd say it's allowed. However, I never click on any link that doesn't go to Youtube, because of my own personal paranoia. Not even bit.ly, even if it's stated that it goes to Youtube. So, if you want an ID question to be looked at, I'd discourage anything but Youtube. It's safe, and it's public.

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    We also should have youtube links expand like on Music SE. There was a request for it in the private beta, but I'm not sure what happened to it.
    – Dom Mod
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 16:33
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    I think the asker should make the work easy for the other users, by not requesting them to create an account and/or log in.
    – Bebs
    Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 9:18

I don't think linking to a page where you need to be logged in to hear or view the file content should 'count' towards our assessment of the question's answerability.

That is to say:

If there's sufficient further information to identify the song, the question may be allowed, but we should still encourage the asker to link to somewhere accessible anonymously.

If there's not sufficient further information to make the question answerable, I think we should vote to close until the asker changes the link to somewhere accessible anonymously.

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    I'd also be interested in the idea of a site 'whitelist' to protect people from viruses, etc.... but perhaps that's a different question.
    – user16
    Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 9:16
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    That whitelist isn't going to include things like Dropbox. Dropbox can contain anything and everything.
    – Mast
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 20:42

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