In the past week, I've had two different questions closed as homework questions. In both questions, I included textbook problems that motivated my conceptual question, but in neither case was solving the textbook problem the essence of my question. I am concerned that the voters, seeing that the questions were of a relatively elementary nature and included textbook material, have closed these questions on reflex without taking note of the substance of the question.
In this question, I asked if the question as posed in the textbook is internally consistent. I can do the computations and get an answer (close to) the textbook's answer, but the textbook also gives other information that may or may not be extraneous to the solution. My question is about whether elastic tension is capable of producing the geometry described: conceptual.
I concede that this question lacks a bit of focus, but again, I made it clear in the post that I am not asking for someone to check my computations. I was trying to reconcile two different approaches to force-balance equations that I have encountered: one where you try to balance the forces "into" and "out of" each node, and another where you balance the $x$ and $y$ forces acting on the origin.
I edited this question once to remove the details of the solution and emphasize my conceptual questions, but it was quickly closed again.
I have read the meta pages on homework and check-my-work questions and I cannot see which policy my posts violate. Could anyone shed some light on why they were closed?