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IF a set A has K elements,formulate a conjecture about the number of elements in p(A). I can't even understand the term conjecture.

The Problems with question:

  1. The title is not informative.

  2. The OP stated that I can't even understand the term conjecture. First, I think OP should at least understand what his/her question is asking.Second,when OP is saying he I can't even understand ...,What he/she is understanding from question? Does he/she knows what "Set","elements" or "p(A)" means?

  3. The question itself is about formulating a conjecture not proving it. And it can be formulated easily by writing down subsets of two or three arbitrary sets.

So why a question like this has gotten 3 answers by high-rep (>2000) users?


I know that this is a normal behavior of some users to answer questions that are lacking effort from OP, being unclear poorly formatted and etc. But I think this question is different case because this is not about understanding a simple concept or applying a simple theorem or using a definition. Here some users Wrote down some examples, guessed(conjecture) and even provided proof with explanation. I don't expect a question with this quality to be answered even in a math tutoring website.

My main concern is that if this trend continues. I think this encourages off-topic questions more than the time that homework tag existed. What can be done in order to stop it (beside down voting answers or leaving comment)?

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    $\begingroup$ This question and maybe also the posts linked there seem to be related to your question. (At least to some extent.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Dec 10 '15 at 17:49
  • $\begingroup$ Is "I don't except..." a typo? (Perhaps you meant to say expect or accept?) I am not a native English speaker but I have learned from here that except can be used as a verb. And it seems it would mean "I do not object to." (Sorry for turning this comment into ELL stuff. But I am just trying to help to clarify your question. One of the three close votes which have been cast so far is "unclear what you're asking".) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Dec 11 '15 at 5:52
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak thanks for pointing out that. I meant expect. Last night I read this question with all comments on it and I think i should close this as duplicate. $\endgroup$ – user2838619 Dec 11 '15 at 6:51

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