I see people tagging identification questions with and (example), or only with .

Consider the following question counts:


An identification question using only or misses the point, it's obvious that needs to be edited in.

But what about the other way around?
In an identification question should or be edited out?
I doubt that people asking for identification know the difference.

Note that has no usage guidance yet, neither does minerals.

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    $\begingroup$ Is there consensus that all identification-requests must be about rocks? Someone might want help to identify a type of cloud, seashell, coastline, or something else from the Earth. This highly upvoted identification-request is not about rocks, so I would say identification-request does not imply rocks. $\endgroup$
    – gerrit Mod
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 10:13
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    $\begingroup$ I totally forgot that there are other things that need identification ;-) $\endgroup$
    – Jan Doggen
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 11:01

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I think it is valuable to tag a question with both and . Among the most upvoted identification-request questions, some have nothing to do with rocks:

Although the tag wiki seems to assume identification requests are always about rocks, this is true for a majority but not for all cases. I think the identification requests listed above are on-topic for our site, but clearly the guidelines on how to ask identification request questions are only relevant for rocks and minerals (I don't know the difference.).

Certainly the tagging can use some maintenance. Most questions are about rocks or minerals, and most or questions are identification requests, but neither implies the other. Therefore, I think we should use the tags independently.

  • $\begingroup$ I have updated the identification-request tag description $\endgroup$
    – Jan Doggen
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 11:03

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