Recently I posted a question asking if anyone could provide information on a paper(for which I furnished a full cite), as the paper seemed not to be available on sites that I knew to check (and some that I wouldn't normally check).
An experienced ME member commented that the question was better addressed to "the librarian," because that person would have better access than anyone one this site to the information.
I took this at face value, and replied that I would take the question down. Well, and so I will, although I am wondering now whether I shouldn't leave it up in case I can furnish the answer myself (someone else might have the same question), and also whether the question really transcends the rubric "reference request." It is not really a request for a reference, but a question about access to a known reference.
It did not occur to me the question would be inappropriate, since there are researchers who frequent this site who might know offhand, "Ah yes, it's posted at Professor X's blog," etc.
So I guess my threshold question is about the propriety of the question. Assuming it is not appropriate (or borderline?), would it nonetheless be marginally useful to leave it up and post an answer when I do get one?
I am not linking the post because I do expect to take the question down, and the question here is general.