This issue arose with a question about gathering web page viewing statistics which was closed by three high-rep users and a moderator. There were legitimate reasons for voting to close (it was not well formulated), but it makes me wonder:
Does this community consider questions about collecting data to be germane?
If such questions aren't welcome here, then where should they appear?
My own opinion is that designing data-collection activities as well as the practical and logistical details of collecting data are a traditional (and important) part of the statistical profession, so I am inclined to use a very light hand in moderating such questions, but I would like to know the sense of the community.