I am coming from the Geographic Information Systems Stack Exchange site, so I am not particularly familiar with this site's norms yet. However I am excited to see a potential new home for the very frequent "data request" type questions that we get there.
There is currently a discussion on the GIS site about whether to direct such questions to this site, and out of that discussion I must pose this question:
Are questions about obtaining potentially "closed" data, e.g. data about China, on topic here?
Here is an example of such a question from the GIS site: Does anyone have aquifer depletion/recharge data for China, India, or any other country that isn't the United States?
Surely there are other countries besides the US that offer such data, so let's disregard that point and focus on the particular case where a user is specifically asking for "closed" data.
The topic Answers that reference non-open datasets offers some guidance for answers (which I understood to be that it's okay to reference closed datasets for the purposes of explanation or clarification but not as answers in and of themselves), but what about for questions?
Should question askers who are just looking for data and don't care about how they get it or whether it's open, paid for, or even illegal be accommodated here, or is there an understanding that this site is really only about open data, and that if they want closed data to look elsewhere?