We've all seen them: posts that ask the community members for help regarding a homework problem, lacking in any previously attempted work. Sometimes you can't blame the asker for not knowing where to start- most, if not all of us, have ran into these issues often enough at some point.
Having said that, I do suspect that there's a good deal of posters who have simply copied and pasted their assignments (sometimes in the form of an image file) to the post, without putting much- if any at all- effort into solving the problem. I think it's pretty reasonable to make this claim; however, it can be tricky to differentiate who really didn't know where to begin than who is just trying to dump a homework assignment on the community.
Thus, I write this post to pose a suggestion: Math.SE could petition its askers to at least write out a definition or two pertinent to the problem if they really don't know where to begin. After all, knowledge of the terms' definitions are (usually) a great starting point to understand just what the homework problem has given you, and what the homework problem wants back. If the asker doesn't know the definition (at times, it's just too obvious that's the case) then the help one offers isn't really enriching the asker's knowledge of mathematics. All one ends up doing is making the asker a poorer student.
If the asker did know the definitions, it would be easier for the community to highlight a proof or computation strategy, and would imply that at least the asker is learning something.
What do you think?