Recently I posted a question which was closed, if I understand correctly, because it was asked out of a desire to have a specific, narrow topic explained to me rather than asking out of a desire to have a specific, solvable problem which I am experiencing solved. This confused me because I have seen several highly rated questions that are not problem-centered on this site, have contributed answers to questions that don't seem to be problem-based, and the help center seems to specifically condone such questions. Ordinarily I would assume the other persons involved in this incident were themselves wrong, but that seems presumptuous/arrogant in this case, particularly since the questions I am/have been asking recently have not been well received by the community and the person responsible for the closing of the question was a diamond moderator.
Are non-problem based questions allowed? If not, should the /help/dont-ask and the /help/on-topic pages be updated to reflect this paradigm shift?
Please note, if non-problem based questions are allowed there is a very good chance that I have merely misunderstood the reasons why my question was closed, but I would nonetheless want to know whether non-problem based questions are allowed at all, as it is still relevant to my asking good questions in the future (and such a motivation would not, in that case, be prohibited).