Recently, this question was closed as "not being about maths". I think that this closure is worthy of further discussion.
Basically, I believe that finding papers (especially old ones, or translations of foreign ones) is difficult, and is an important skill in any subject. However, with maths it is a skill best learned from other mathematicians (we have MathSciNet, for example). Therefore, I believe that this question should have been either,
- Left open.
- Migrated to MathOverflow.
- Migrated to Academia.SE
I do not know how MathOverflow would treat such a question, and I do not know if migrating to Academia.SE would yield an answer. However, either option is better than simply "closure".
Also, I do not see how such a question is less about mathematics than any other reference request...
What do you think should have happened to such a question, and why?
For a personal anecdote about why I think asking others about finding papers is good: In the first year of my PhD I spent a long time trying to find a pair of 1940s Russian papers, from a journal which didn't seem to exist until 1967. I managed to track down a MathSciNet article, but it was in German. My library and librarian were of no help. In the end, I found a recent citation and e-mailed the authors, who sent me a link to the original paper and a 1980s English paper which proved an equivalent result in a different way, and they gave me a brief summary of the difference between "USSR: Sbornik" (Russian Journal, since 1860s) and "Matematicheskii Sbornik" (English translation of said journal, since 1967).