We already have several (though admittedly not many) questions whose answers are time-dependent:
Not to mention many questions concerning current tools/upgrades/versions that may cease being interesting in a few months. Clearly, the status of CTAN can change within hours, but where is the crossing line?
Should not TEX.SE be the place to go for all things *TeX related? Should this not include transient blackouts of services that are important to *TeX users? Why not use the many eyeballs of *TeX users for this purpose as well?
Formally, there is nothing in the guidelines that requires the question to be timeless. It is objective, it is about TeX related repository (a tool). It isn't about TEX.SE, so it should not be in the meta. There may be people who don't care about the running of TEX.SE meta who could answer this question.
We could have these transient questions tagged [transient] or similar so that it would be easy to purge them or filter them or whatever, but I don't see the gain in hiding them while they are relevant.
So, here I am, 10 hours later, still not able to download anything from CTAN. I see the directory listings, I can navigate them, but whenever I ask for a specific file that requires that I download from a mirror, I time-out on the request. Perhaps my mirror is down? how can I find out? How can I ask to use a different mirror? Can someone tell me if they have similar problems?
By asking the questions here, in an answer I am trying to show that the original question (that was closed, and I think should be reopened and given an answer) has a large component that is as important to the general and timeless *TeX community, and does not pertain to the specific blackout that I am still suffering from.