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“Here is a thing. Look at the thing. Do you see the thing? I would like to know what this Thing is Called.” A plea for sanity

Last night in chat we had a spirited discussion about whether to allow questions that ask to identify elements of a game that do not directly relate to gameplay or story, such as fonts or songs. This was prompted mainly by this question, but questions such as this one about Portal 2 were also brought up.

It should be noted that this is about a subset of the questions LessPop_MoreFizz discussed in his recent question. This is not a duplicate of that question because people presented other arguments for the removal of non-game element identification questions.

So, should we consider such questions to be on-topic on this site?

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    To be honest, this is a duplicate. People over-focused on the examples I cited, which had other issues. The point I made still stands, and I don't see that we need a separate discussion on the issue. Jul 15 '12 at 12:58
  • @LessPop_MoreFizz I disagree. I read the argument in your question as "identify-this-other-thing questions do not have the same problems ITG has, and so should not be thrown out with ITG", and that doesn't address other possible problems with a subset of those questions. Plus, there seemed to be substantial disagreement in chat, with arguments that your question did not cover. Jul 15 '12 at 13:06
  • @murgatroid99 Then users can bring those up in the other question. I agree with LessPop, this is a duplicate.
    – Wipqozn Mod
    Jul 15 '12 at 14:18

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