edit Shorter version:
Font identification questions must include:
- Which automatic font-ID sites you've tried
- An image showing the font clearly
- A title describing the font and where you saw it
One font per question. See full guidelines.
After reading Dom aka DumbNic's post on Font Id questions, I'm convinced we need to be stricter about their quality control. So my proposal is to use firmer wording like this, and purge questions that ignore it. The asker, not the community, is then responsible for editting and improving these questions.
I'd suggest having a custom close reason, "Font ID question that didn't follow the guidelines [link to guidelines]", so that enforcing the rule is an easy one-click job. If an asker ignored the guidelines or didn't notice the popup, they can edit the question and it will be unblocked / undeleted.
So long as we have clear guidelines, and they're highly visible, this is a reasonable thing to ask.
We have strict standards for Font Identification questions. You must:
- Include an example of the font in question as an image, and tell us where you saw it
- Tell us what results you got from free automatic font ID tools, such as WhatTheFont and WhatFontIs. If you haven't tried these, try them now.
- Make the question title specific to your problem. For example, "What sans-serif font is used on this Austrian road sign?".
Questions that don't follow the above may be deleted. To get good answers, please also:
- Describe the font. If you don't know how to describe fonts, this question may help.
- Check it yourself against common fonts on your computer. We're real, human designers, giving our time freely. Please don't ask us to identify Arial.
- Consider if it could be hand-drawn lettering, not a font. Look for characters that appear multiple times - if they vary beyond joins to adjacent letters, it's probably not a font.