We have had discussions about this before (the linked post mentions several other, even older posts), but I think it is time for another revamp.
- We have an increasing number of species ID questions which show no previous research (and in some cases no will to do any research) at all. While I generally love those questions as little puzzles, this does get annoying over time. I try to remind people of doing their own research, but at some point, one is tempted to just downvote or even flag. This would send the wrong message to other people trying to have something identified, though. I do not want to discourage this type of questions, I do not even want to discourage multiple ones from the same person, but I feel like there needs to be a threshold for "previous research" and "trivial ID" (a very common species). Is there anything we can do?
- We also have an increasing number of species ID questions which are closed as duplicates. This is somewhat understandable if they at least get answered before/while closing them. Yes, we have had a question for the same/ a similar species before. But how should the person asking find that duplicate? If they don't know the name of their species and are unable to find it using google, how should they find out someone uploaded a similar picture here in a question? I somehow feel that species ID does not have duplicates, in the same way other types of questions do. Should we really close them as duplicates (unless of course, it is the same question by the same person reposted)? And if so, which question should be the duplicate? Sometimes a new version gets a more in detail answer.
And then in the end: While they are nice puzzles that I would miss if they were not there, is this platform really the right location for this type of questions? Do we want to be drowned in them? Do we maybe need SpeciesID SE?