# Are questions unlikely to be useful to others permitted?

I came to Math and Physics Stack Exchange with a "forum mindset" (partly inherited from Stack Overflow and partly from other math/physics fora), where any problem is welcome, excepting duplicates and do-my-homework questions. I then proceeded to mostly ask questions such as these four: 1, 2, 3, 4. They were problems either connected to projects I worked on or just wonderings.

Such questions are like homework in that they are specific (as opposed to modular - naturally arising in many situations), but, unlike homework, there is not necessarily an easily achievable solution. I asked them because I had no clue how to even approach them. But, since other people are unlikely to wonder about the same setup as I do, the questions will at most serve a pedagogical purpose if some interesting underlying concept is involved.

None of these questions were closed, but now, reading through the homework policy, I am not sure whether such a type of question is welcome. I am asking specifically about Physics SE, using the math questions only to provide more examples of the underlying concept.

• Math is special because the count of the interesting, essentially different problems is $\aleph_0$. Jul 29 '20 at 20:31
• "None of these questions were closed, but now, reading through the homework policy, I am not sure whether such a type of question is welcome." - both your questions have incurred close votes as homework-like after you posted this question and the close reviews are ongoing, and I don't really see what distinguishes this from "usual" homework-like questions except the level of the problem.
– ACuriousMind Mod
Jul 30 '20 at 7:31
• Your "forum mindset" could be problematic. Stack Exchange is a set of Q&A sites, not a forum. Stack Overflow isn't a forum either. People coming to a Q&A with a forum-mindset tend to get disappointed.
– Mast
Aug 5 '20 at 5:58
• @Mast I think this self-representation of the SE is what made it so big, so useful, so evil - and to the best forum of the internet. I am here since 6 years, and I believe it is a HQ forum. I never believed, neither accepted this "we are not a forum" thing. Aug 5 '20 at 22:25