It seems to me that the arguments against music identification questions are as follows:
- low effort
- not that useful to future readers
- encourages an influx of users unlikely to contribute anything to the community
- would threaten to derail the front page with a bunch of poor effort questions from non-musicians
And that seems valid enough to me. However, should we modify this such that music identification from a transcription is on topic, I think there could be some benefits to the community:
- Encourages participation, it could help to bring in new users who would be valuable members of the community
- Specifically skewed to users with both an interest in music and a good musical foundation: it requires a certain level of competency and a certain level of effort to transcribe a song (inversely proportional I suppose). And "High ability" and "High effort" users are beneficial to the site's ecosystem.
- Very low-effort to answer the questions, very little work is required from our user base for a potentially large reward (as outlined above), and there is little cost to allowing these questions.
- Low searchability for future users trying to identify the same song.
The last criticism is still valid, but I wonder if the benefits may outweigh the drawbacks, considering it takes a second to answer the question if you know the song.
Curious to hear the community's thoughts on this. Peace