Today we got the question What type of pen is being used here?, which asks what type of pen is shown in a wikihow tutorial. I couldn't find anything on writing tool identification requests on Meta and the existing on-topic questions with the tag writing-instruments are generic questions about the tools.
Some other sites have identification requests, too, for example SFF's story-identification or RPG with their product-identification and content-identification. Others have banned them after some experiments like Anime&Manga. What's our stance?
And if we want to allow such questions: what guidelines do we need?
For example the linked question here on Writing.SE only gives a link to the other sites. I'll copy my comment here with additional emphasis because I think that at a minimum there should be a picture directly in the question:
Welcome to Writing.SE! Is it possible to show the image here (with proper attribution of course) so that we can have a look at it without going to a different website? The goal of StackExchange is to build a repository of questions and answers that will help others with the same question in the future, so in case the website goes down that you are linking to right now or changes their links the question as it stands now is useless for future readers. Questions and answers should always stay on their own. If you have a moment please take the tour and visit the help center to learn more. Have fun!
I wrote that comment without any remark about identification requests because I couldn't find a specific stance on such identification requests - neither a "yes" nor a "no".
The help center mentions (original emphasis):
Questions about specialized writing tools.
A pen is a specialized writing tool. It's also not in any of the no-no categories like literary analysis, "What should I write?" or shopping requests - the author doesn't want to get a comparison with other pens, they just want to know which pen is shown in a picture.
It's a pretty clear and objectively answerable question for people that know a lot about this stuff. I think this type of question is okay, but we should define our stance about this as a community. I could imagine some people fearing that we will be overrun with simple "What is this pen?" type questions, but other communities are sometimes doing fine with it and as long as we keep an eye on users trying to abuse the system by spamming dozens of easy and unnecessary questions it seems like this could be a helpful category of questions for people. This is also the first question like this on the site ever as far as I can tell, so it doesn't look like we are opening the gates to a flood of low quality questions. To me it looks like we should at least try to allow this sort of question and see if it works.
What do you think? Do we want identification requests? If so, what criteria are necessary to make them useful and if not, what are the reasons for not allowing them?