I was reviewing a suggested edit to this question and I noticed the user that suggested the edit made this comment:

I can identify this but the system won't let me because of my low reputation. Please remove from hold.

The question was quite bad and was on hold (I edited the question a bit to translate some of the French that was mixed in it), but ultimately did nothing.

Is there something else I should have done? Even though the question doesn't meet the requirements for a font identification question, should this person still be allowed to answer it?

  • That was a horrible edit. I think you chose "Improve edit", where the better move would have been to reject and edit. On a related note: the same user suggests adding atool to font-identification because it is "considered by many as the best desktop software ..." - he might be biased as it's his own, per his profile :)
    – Jongware
    Sep 17, 2016 at 14:22
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    That edit really should have been rejected and not improved.. he got +2 for that!
    – Cai
    Sep 17, 2016 at 21:10

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Nice catch! But no, there is nothing else you should have done. Font ID questions must still meet the requirements whether they are answerable or not. The same should apply for a question closed under any other reason; lots of questions that get closed are indeed answerable. They get closed because they are not a good fit for our format.

  • +1 because I agree
    – PieBie Mod
    Sep 15, 2016 at 14:30
  • Worth noting the user has been answering those font-id questions with links to his font-id software (and suggested an edit adding it to the font-id tag wiki).
    – Cai
    Sep 17, 2016 at 21:08
  • @Cai: I was wondering about that practice. I'm inclined to comment on a plain "this is the font"-answer, to ask how that answer was found. That way it could be more useful to others. However, this would reek of self-promotion - except that the OP does disclose the personal affiliation (which either is, or should be, a requirement in such cases).
    – Jongware
    Sep 18, 2016 at 12:48
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    @RadLexus I completely agree. I'm not completely sure disclosure in the users profile is enough though, how many people actually look at profiles? I feel a meta post coming on...
    – Cai
    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:46
  • @Cai thanks for pointing that out, its been noted
    – Ryan
    Sep 19, 2016 at 17:38

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