The question More technical details on the ongoing (alleged) Chinese cyberattacks was recently closed by a moderator, with the explanation given that "reference requests are considered off topic here".
I want to appeal this closure, and request that the question be re-opened. I think the question is a fine one for this web site. I also think it does not violate any established policy.
The explanation links to the following post on meta: Do we want "literature recommendations" and similar "list/subjective questions"? That question was asking primarily about open-ended questions, e.g., "What is your favorite book in cryptography?". The discussion there (quite reasonably) concluded that we don't want such questions, because they are too open-ended and subjective, there is no way to judge a right answer, and they basically just become a poll with dozens of answers where people vote on their favorite answer and where the ordering just reveals popularity rather than technical merit. That's a fine stance for this site to take.
But I don't think it has anything to do with the latest question on the Chinese cyberattacks. The latest question was not an open-ended question. It was not a solicitation to a popularity poll and not likely to lead to one. Instead, it was a quite reasonable question: it asks for more technical details on a subject that was reported in the press. It might have been phrased in the language of a request for a reference, but the essence of the question was to ask for more technical details.
I think that's a perfectly reasonable question. (It might be hard to answer -- but then again, maybe not, maybe someone will be able to provide more details.)
Therefore, I request that the question be re-opened. I think it's better for the community to decide whether the question is suitable. Please up-vote this post on meta if you agree that the question should be re-opened, or down-vote the post if you feel that the question should remain closed.