EDIT: There is now a new standard close reason that doesn't mention homework.
(No TL;DR, please just read the question.)
The new close reasons contain a designated option for homework questions, viz:
On a few occasions, a user has attempted to counter closures for this reason with the following comment:
The reason offered for closure is nonsense thrice over. (1) Questions are incapable of seeking anything. (2) The apparently automatic assumption that someone who asks a ‘naked’ question like this is merely demanding a solution is ungenerous in the extreme. (And no, calling it on hold rather than closed makes the assumption no less insulting.) (3) Whatever the faults of the question, it certainly isn’t off-topic.
It should be apparent that (1) is valid critique on the formulation, whereas (2) and (3) warrant a debate.
One of the other nuisances I am experiencing myself (and I'm sure I'm not alone) is that:
(4) This close reason is being used on questions not tagged as homework.
Also, as has happened before, there seems to be an increase in volume and decrease in politeness of "Please show your work" calls; at least the volume may be partially due to the lack of an appropriate (in the eyes of the commenter) close reason.
Questions / Debate instigators
Long story short:
- Ad (2): Do we assume good faith on the part of the asker, or do we go exclusively on what's provided to us?
- Ad (3): Is closing as "off-topic" warranted when a question violates the requirements on context cq. work shown?
- Ad (4): If not the above, how can we make it sufficiently clear that context cq. own work are very important?
Below are some things which are related (in one way or another).
The "good question" thread
Lastly, a more tangential call, which is nonetheless relevant if we are ever to resolve this suboptimal situation.
To provide a more consolidated and, above all, clearer exposition of what the community seeks in a question, it is paramount that more work is put into the "How to ask a good question?" thread, and that the question body of that thread becomes a good summary, which we can include in the "help center" on main (hopefully, on a visible place).
There are heaps of "literature" on the above matter. I won't blame you for not reading everything... Also, feel free to add further relevant links.
Debate on on/off-topicness of PSQs:
- Proposal: Discourage questions that are nothing besides a problem statement
- QA Policy Discussion (chatroom)
- How to ask a homework question?
- How to ask a good question?
- How can I ask a good question?
- Help Center > How To Ask