The homework policy doesn't seems like a counter-productive policy on Stack Exchange.
I understand Stack Exchange policing their questions, but policing removing answers to "homework like questions" seems counter productive, especially once answers.
Take this question for example: How much room do you need to safely exit terminal velocity?
I'm a middle-aged person, and I just take a general interest into physics. I posted a question which perhaps could have been a bit more specific, in what I've attempted to resolve the problem.
However, I know very little in the field of physics. My question was graciously answered and accepted before the question was closed. Yet the answer was removed due to the homework policy.
- A user took their time to accurately answer my question, so why are we going to penalize them?
- I'm not in school for this, and even if I were to be, the question accurately described the steps to achieve the goal and would be beneficial to the entire community
- The homework policy is ambiguous. What determines a "homework like question"?
- The homework policy only punishes new users, because anyone with enough rep will be able to see deleted answers and its would be wrong to assume that people with 15k cannot be students.
This policy seems outdated, and harmful to the community.
I can understand closing a question based off of policy, but what benefit do we get from deleting answers?
Furthermore, can you give me a clear concise definition of a homework style question? Or is a homework style question really just a loose term which can be used to close and remove questions based off of individual bias?