This question here, asks if anyone knows what the mountain in the background picture is. Should we be keeping these questions open? If yes, where is the end to "identify the mountain/dessert/ocean" questions? There's even a "mountain-identifying" tag. Not sure if this makes any sense.
For me the answer to the question "should this be on topic" is emphatically No.
For me one of the major points of SE sites is; to be a repository of useful information (not just answering the askers question but providing a placeholder so someone else doesn't have to ask the same question again).
Number of issues:
- Is this question useful to anyone else?
- How would anyone find this question again.
- Most of these photos (that one included as iStockphoto is pay site) is probably covered by copy write issues.
- Will the site descend into a pub quiz of "spot the mountain", "name this person", etc. etc. type question.
I think its okay, its kind of fun to pull out Google Earth and go hunt down the locations. With that said, I think there are a couple of guidelines the site should go with.
- The titles need to be unique and descriptive of the image.
- No self-answering as if you know the location, there isn't much point in asking.
- The more people have seen the image the better, ie if it was used in as a background image for a new line of computers.
Yes, mountain identifying assistance is acceptable. For example, a user may wonder which mountain a park's promotional pamphlet is featuring.
Other users may wonder exactly the same thing. Provided that the question is descriptive other may benefit from it.
It should not be limited to just moutain identifying. They are simply, generally, valid questions.