1. Has anyone tried to start an Area 51 proposal just for identifying where a picture was taken?

    To separate https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/locate-this, https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/where-on-earth, https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/identify-this from Travel?

  2. Would this proposal be supported enough? They work well with Stack exchange's Q & A model, but Area 51 requirements are pretty harsh.

And websites like where-is-this.com, reddit.com/r/whereisthis, r/WWTT/ stand alone too.

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I'm not aware of a specific proposal, but recently somebody asked a similar question on Area 51 Discussions, but about identification questions in general. I'll quote the relevant part of my answer there:

The main problem with identification questions is that they are seldom useful for other users than the asker. This interferes with Stack Exchange's aim to be a high-quality library of questions and answers useful for everybody interested in topic X.

So I agree with "They work well with Stack exchange's Q & A model" only that they are technically supported by the Stack Exchange Q&A software, but not by its mission. It's great that there are other sites on Internet which do work well for these kind of questions; that's just an example of several types of 'knowledge networks' complementing each other.

  • Thanks. Just a thought. I didn't see that similar question on Area 51.
    – user113046
    Aug 21, 2020 at 1:51
  • Does this answer then suggest that travel.se should be less inclined to entertain these questions? travel.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6662/… Aug 27, 2020 at 14:38
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    I have to say, identification questions are incredibly useful over on the scifi SE, they typically get a lot of views, and regularly people end up asking about the same story/book/movie/game etc. They are really interesting to read through as well. But the same cannot be said for all SE topics, thats for sure.
    – user29788
    Sep 2, 2020 at 11:13
  • What happens if you propose an Area 51 for picture ID, but proposal gets closed or shut down? Does your account get in trouble?
    – user112777
    Oct 8, 2020 at 17:28
  • @KristenL. no, not at all. But I'm not sure it would be well-received, see e.g. Please someone propose for an identification.stackexchange.com site
    – Glorfindel
    Oct 8, 2020 at 17:38

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