Yesterday, I asked a question about capacitors. It was closed under the "homework-and-exercises" tag and my submit-to-review appeal was rejected. I'm not coming here to complain, I'm just genuinely curious what the actual issue is.
See, I am used to the culture of close votes over on MSE (Mathematics Stack Exchange site) where I spend a lot of time. I cast a fair few close votes myself. But I claim:
- My question had as much of my own thoughts and efforts as possible, given my confusion
- Was about as concise as it could have been, to cover all those thoughts and what the issue is
- Contained more detail than is common in "good" questions
- Is certainly not an actual homework question, in my edit I made it clearer that I'm focused on the concepts that would help me figure out the electromotive force in an unfamiliar situation
On MSE this would tick all the necessary boxes. Indeed, questions with less effort or detail would and do still pass for good questions, with no close-vote issues. So, the 'etiquette' over at physics SE must be different. Maybe you're flooded with more homework question problems than we are on MSE, so that the rules are stricter (or the fear that something is just a homework problem is higher), or maybe it's something else.
At any rate, I do have some interest in physics and I'd probably like to keep posting here from time to time. But I can't do that if I'm met with this baffling difference in the 'etiquette'. Could someone please explain this difference?