I understand that it's annoying to see game-identification questions that don't have artifacts. I understand that it is annoying that the people who post those questions don't seem to have bothered to read the tag usage guidance, or our help/on-topic page. I understand that a number of users would prefer that the entire tag and question type be removed/burnated. However we have a policy called Be Nice which we need to adhere to even when we don't like things.
Recently there seems to be an uptick in the amount of snarky, rude, and exasperated comments left on these types of questions, and it needs to stop. The recent (albeit controversial) blog post discusses how new users feel unwelcome, and whether or not you agree with the whole blog post or not, I think something we can agree on is that we should adhere to the Be Nice policy no matter who we are dealing with.
Snarky comments are not helpful and harm the reputation of our site, and leave everyone annoyed. We can curate and be polite at the same time. Being tactful and polite in what we say does not mean that we cannot be direct and to the point. For example, if we need to reply to an ITG question telling the OP why they are receiving downvotes, we can use something like this1:
Sorry, but game identification questions that rely solely on memory are off topic here (see this meta post and our help page). However, r/tipofmyjoystick might be an alternative for you to find the game you are looking for.
This is helpful to the asker as it clearly states why they received downvotes, and why the question is off topic, while being polite and offering them an alternative to where they can get help. Whereas something like this is likely to upset others and is frankly pretty rude:
Because you didn't read our rules and asked a question that has been closed 10000 times before. We do not allow game ID questions with no form of media - you have to post pictures, video or audio of the game in question. We don't do it via memory.
All in all, I think we can do much better than we currently are in this aspect, and I think this standard of politeness should be applied better to all questions and user interaction, not just ITG questions, but I have seen this problem most frequently in ITG questions. I know some moderators are pretty on-top of deleting comments that are not nice, and I personally will be more active in flagging them, but we shouldn't have them in the first place. So let's be more awesome about this shall we?
1 Anyone who can wordsmith this better is free to do so, or we can work together to create a better message.