# Not-a-particular dataset request – still not kosher?

I think I know the answer to this, but as a naive newbie I posted a plea for "some interesting datasets" for a particular purpose. I see the rule about asking for "a particular dataset", and I suppose that applies to my posting as well. But before I delete my question, I want to hear some opinions. The question is here and I will delete the question if there is a consensus that I should. Thanks.

## Update

Based on the discussion here, as well as on the question itself, which has not given a clear "delete" signal so far at least, I intend to leave my question there. I think there is (and has been) a clear methodological context for the question, and it is my hope and belief that its presence will not open the floodgates for the types of data requests we don't desire.

• By the way, welcome to CV! I've noticed you around the past couple days & haven't had a chance to say hi. I linked your site (which I appreciate) in my question here: Free internet or downloadable resources for sample size calculations. If you know of any others, please add them. – gung - Reinstate Monica Jul 29 '14 at 20:33
• Hi back to you. Thanks for linking my site - I will add links there if I know of them. – Russ Lenth Jul 30 '14 at 13:08
• Russ -- One thing to note here in meta is that the meaning of upvotes is different. Here it doesn't necessarily mean "good question" - if you're asking "is X okay" and you get upvotes, that signals agreement that more people think it's okay than not. Perhaps even moreso with answers - downvoted answers are not bad, it's just their opinions are not agreed with, and upvoted answers are ones some people agree with. I don't suppose you can see the vote breakdowns yet (I think that's at 1000 reputation), but as I type nobody has disagreed with Scortchi's answer... (ctd) – Glen_b Jul 30 '14 at 18:49
• (ctd)... Between all the upvotes on your question and Scortchi's answer, I think the indications so far are that your question is widely regarded as on topic by the people who participate here in meta (which largely determines how it runs -- at least within the broader constraints of how the network-wide rules are applied). There's no indication here that you should delete, at least not for now (and I don't expect that to change). – Glen_b Jul 30 '14 at 18:59

• @Nick I was simply trying to interpret the explanations of what's on and off topic on the on-topic help page, my personal preferences didn't enter into it (at least not in any conscious sense); I'm interested to read people's thoughts here -- I hope to be convinced one way or another. I lean somewhat toward thinking this question probably should be acceptable here*, but I don't read the words in the help that way. $\quad$ $\quad$ *(though I also want to more clearly have a way to figure out where the grey line should go) – Glen_b Jul 30 '14 at 18:36