My question was closed as being off-topic:
But I'm struggling to think of why this isn't an obvious physics question. I wanted to know why some physical systems demonstrate some physical behavior?
In the accepted answer on the meta question linked-to in the 'your question was closed' notification it is written:
Similarly, questions like What really allows airplanes to fly? that ask how a man-made system works are also on topic, as long as they aren't too broad.
Maybe the problem is that, because I'm asking about a 'side effect' or 'downside' of some "man-made system", I'm suspected of 'really' asking about how to solve or mitigate that effect? That seems like a possible explanation for why the first comment, by a user with a good amount of reputation on this site, thinks that this question would be a better fit on the Home Improvement Stack Exchange site. That's confusing as that SE site is, according to its own info:
... a question and answer site for contractors and serious DIYers. The core of this site is around parts of your home that are typically included when you buy or sell it, the structure, utilities, and major appliances.
My 'concern' with editing my question to be a 'spherical cow' version of itself is that that would then be "too broad".
(It's of course possible that, like all SE sites, there is in fact no consistent rule applied to all questions and determining whether they're on-topic.)
What specifically is wrong with my question as it is?
Does it just seem like a thinly veiled 'engineering' question? Must I just accept that there's now no way for the question to escape this judgement? Should I now give up on asking questions here too given that forever more I will be suspected of 'really' asking engineering questions?
Are my links themselves suspicious? I included them because they were the inspiration for my question – not because I'm maliciously trying to get physicists or physics enthusiasts to nefariously engage in engineering.
This similar meta question, and its accepted answer, lead me to think that my question was closed because it seems like 'engineering' and thus is so 'trivial' that it should be field by "contractors and serious DIYers":
I do appreciate that the question is probably very similar to questions that really are off-topic. How should I edit my question so that it's obviously on-topic?