reference-request-type questions (link) aren't really a good fit for our site based on our current guidelines, but historically the community (YOU) haven't really shown much interest either way (they don't seem to get voted down or up very much at all).
The other mods and I have been talking about them on and off for some time now; we also brought it up earlier in The Great Philosophy.SE Tag Cleanup of 2012 but there wasn't much talk about it specifically.
Now I'm interested in hearing what other people think we should do about them. For example, I don't think it's unreasonable to use chat for reference requests and keep the question section for actual questions only. The relevant question is, however, would people's requests for references be answered as thoroughly (not likely). It's particularly hard because unless you are directly pinged in chat, whole conversations could go on in there and you wouldn't know. Perhaps we could dedicate 2-3 people for each major branch of philosophy and have people who make these kind of requests conclude by pinging those people. These "Philosophy Branch Leaders" would be listed in the FAQ, and the FAQ would be clear about posting those kind of questions in the chat space and pinging the appropriate party.
But there are perhaps other options. We could, for example, append the titles of all reference request posts with [Reference Request] or [RR]. Or we could just do nothing and allow them.
Just trying to get some community input, that's all. :) Let me know what you think.