I came across this homework-y question which had a few close votes, but was within the community guidelines for asking for help on homework questions. After investigating it a bit more, I am surprised to see that the community not only closed it, but after reopen votes were raised, it stayed closed.
Just to get one thing straight, up front: I hate homework questions where a problem is just regurgitated on the site with no narrative from the OP whatsoever. I think such questions should be burninated on the spot. (And I'd even welcome some "rude" comments from a certain old user that many of us knew.)
But... sometimes a student just needs help and asks for a starting point. Which is exactly what this OP did:
I'm not looking for a straight out answer I just want to know how I should go about solving it?
I fail to see why the close vote stuck on this one. Not only that, but the close reason (as far as I can see) is that it's off-topic. Really? I could see having it closed as a duplicate (I know I've answered similar resistor-network redrawing questions before, somewhere), but off-topic?
To me, this question closure just feels like a mishandled one. I normally argue the other way, favoring to keep stuff closed/deleted since they usually fail to meet requirements and show some minimum effort.
As of this writing, it has four answers with 15 up-votes total. The question apparently is controversial, with both 4 up- and down-votes.
Therefore I am posting the question here: Should this homework-looking question have been closed? I think it attracted good answers and information which surely is a boon for the site and people encountering this sort of EE question for the first time.