I have noticed recently the big debate going on here about homework questions. On our student support site, for each course that a student is enrolled in there is a forum specific to the course. In other words, on the forums students may ask questions about homework or anything related to the course. In fact in our university we are even encouraged to discuss problems among students but must write up the answers ourselves.
My question is, how is asking a question on the course forum different from asking a question here? I mean, everytime I've asked a homework question, I have specifically stated it with the homework tag and tried my honest best to attempt the questions given. I have never believe in being dumped a solution straight away (in fact on several posts I have explicitly stated that I do not want to be given a fish, but rather to be taught how to fish)
If indeed we are allowed to ask questions on homework on our course websites, so then we are allowed to ask questions here as well? The only reason why I ask questions here is because I believe that the people on this forum are far more capable in expertise and can point out errors and mistakes that one has made (not to mention the use of $\LaTeX$ here).
"Better to solve the right problem wrong than the wrong problem right"- Richard Hamming