The topic of what to do with language identification requests has come up several times already. However, based on how often regulars here have been closing such questions, (A.) I took the liberty of formally adding it to our list of off-topic questions. There was a time when I defended the inclusion of such questions. However, there are two reasons why I have changed my mind:
- linguistics.SE has been running for a few years now, and it seems that we don't have experts or enthusiasts of philological decipherment like the ones found at Language Log (see my previous link). All that seems to happen here is that someone already knows the language in question, and not only is it a native language of millions, it's the predominant language of a current geopolitical region.
- I think it's boring and rather unproductive to identify scraps of "mystical" languages such as Hebrew, Sanskrit, Tibetan, etc. again and again. I mean, these languages may not be mystical to its native speakers, but scraps of these languages tend to travel the world motivated by mysticism, and end up in places where they'd not be commonly recognized. What does this community gain by identifying Tibetan three times   , Hebrew twice  , Sanskrit three times   , and so on?
This is my wording for (A.):
Identification of a language or a script based on specific samples and/or its translation; questions about the scholarly aspects of translation and language identification are still welcome
If there are no objections, (B.) I'll also modify the following close reason from,
Questions seeking help with translation and localization are off-topic here unless specifically concerning the linguistic reasons for different translations.
Questions seeking help with translation, localization and identification of languages are off-topic here unless concerning the broad field of scholarly study of language.<-- stricken through following the discussion between lemontree and curiousdanii.
Questions seeking help with identification of or translation of specific samples of text are off-topic.
Please let me know your thoughts on both (A.) and (B.).