There are suddenly two votes to close my 1+ year old question What instrument is Stevie Wonder playing in this video?. It received a speedy and well-received answer a year ago, and seemed to be fine.
Suddenly there are votes to close it as (I believe) off-topic.
In this comment I've said:
while the Wiki excerpt for the
identificationtag says "Find the name, term or phrase for the presented technique, instrument or notation...", answers to the recent meta question Do we still agree that identification of types of instrument is on topic? Should we change the on-topic page, or the identification tag guidance? tells me that there's some ambiguity. Perhaps it's time to firm this up with a clear statement as an answer in meta, or perhaps fixing the identification tag to explicitly exclude instruments?
followed by my second comment
Rock identification was successfully "outlawed" in Earth Science SE, and I helped and Moon landing Hoaxer questions outlawed from Space Exploration SE, but in both those cases there was a clear reason - there was harm being done to the site. Here the argument seems more existential. You have relatively few of these questions, but fears only that they might not be adequately searchable.
Currently the identification tag suggests that instrument identification is on-topic, but answers to the recent meta question (also linked above) seem to give tepid support to making them off topic. To me the mood seems ambivalent, and there seems to be very few users with any strong opinion either way. That, plus considering it took a year to decide my question was off-topic, it seems to me the community has not really clearly decided either way.
Also, this answer says:
The identification tag (which you used on your post) is not used to identify which instruments are used in a piece of music, but as you will see from some of the other examples using that tag, for identifying from pictures and documentation what a specific instrument is.
which to me suggests that my question, and other properly written instrument identification questions are in fact on-topic.
Isn't it about time some consensus is built and this ambiguity finally gets cleared up?