My question was closed. Robert Harvey says:
Questions asking for links to external resources are more or less off-topic throughout the Stack Exchange network. That's what search engines are for.
- "Reference request" is the third most popular tag on cstheory.SE
- It's is one of the 20 most popular tags on math.SE with over 2,000 questions
- 114 questions for "reference" on stats.SE
- Indeed, with the exception of SO itself all of the *.SE I regularly visit have a popular "reference request" tag
- Even on this site itself, 23 questions have been asked with the "reference" tag, only two of which were closed.
There are questions for which answers not backed by empirical data are fine. But if I want to see a peer-reviewed study instead of someone's personal experience, why is that off topic for this site?
Note there are related questions:
- Are literature requests inherently off-topic or not-constructive
- Is our current process of handling resource request questions sufficient?
It strikes me that those deal with broad things like "give me a book about C" whereas I'm asking for support of a very specific hypothesis (the relationship between testability and stability).