I pretend that some of the Font Identification questions for example will helps others. Maybe somebody else one day will want to know what font is used in that small coffee shop in rural Tibet is too. Who knows.
But others just have zero chance to ever be useful to anyone else. Stuff like (the vast majority of these being from the last week):
- Anybody know the name of this tattooed fancy Gothic font?
- What is the font used for this grading system?
- What is the name of the typeface used in the Soldsie logo?
- Find the font from a single character
- Can anyone help me identify this font type, style and size?
Personally, I'd like to start closing these as off-topic. The goal of the community as a whole is to provide Answers that can be useful to the masses, not the individual. Especially when some members have been getting more vocal about users coming here, asking their one question and then never returning. Answering questions that will not help anyone else seems to encourage this.
Does anyone have a solution? Do people agree with voting to close these?
I just want to clarify. I'm not suggesting closing all Font ID questions. Most I think are fine using the upvote/downvote system (I downvote nearly every one of them). I am suggesting closing the ones that are not at least of identifiable things, and thus no way to ever be useful to anyone. And really I feel all questions that are of no future use should be closed. These random object font-identification questions are just the most visible.
In my own opinion:
This is a reasonable question: What is the font used in the Thunderbirds 2004 movie?
This deserves a downvote or an edit to make Soldsie in the Question, thus searchable: What is the name of the typeface used in the Soldsie logo?
This (and all of the ones at the top of this Question) deserves to be closed entirely, because we can't identify the object and therefore make it useful to anyone else - ever: https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/35036/can-anyone-help-me-identify-the-font-for-these-house-numbers
Basically, I'd like to know if others agree that if a question can't be made searchable to others / useful to others it should be closed.