So there was a recent conversation below the main post of When does the series converge?, which prompted this meta post.
I know there are plenty of people who are for and against the closure and voting of others on questions that are of the general form:
So the problem I've been facing...
...and I don't know where to start
Where nothing substantial other than the problem is given. There multiple related meta posts to this topic, a few being
And while those are all interesting, I'd like people who participate on other math sites or forums/chats give us all a word on what they think about how our policy compares to others.
If you'd like to see how other sites work yourself, I encourage you to check them out as well.
To be more specific, there are many sites where there is no (major) discouragement of questions that come in the above "problem statement" form, and it may be quite interesting to see what those sites are like.
One such chat is Kik. I've got it and I happen to be the black and white cat who's username is Shi_hana (with a bowtie and stuff). If you want to really participate on this thread, you can download Kik on your phone and join all the main math groups.
The particular problem I've found on Kik, where homework problems are a daily thing and people will ask for "help" with their homework, but when you truly try to help them... many will basically ignore you and ask for answers. Try it yourself! (mainly when school kicks back up and the homework starts flooding in)
Some might argue this is only the case with the more basic questions (algebra, trig, geometry, ...) but I've even seen cases of multi-variable calculus where people will join all the math groups, ask for help (in other words, answers), saying its due the next day and all, and make no attempt at the problem, as you try to guide them. Upon which I get frustrated and give up on them.
Of course, there are likewise, many like me on Kik, who are the "helpers", and many share the same vision as me:
People need to show they are trying to do their problems and clearly show they are not relying on others to their problems for them.
In fact, a few group chats on Kik have a rule similar to the above, and the admins will kick anyone abusing the group in this manner. Me included.
Indeed, the reasons for the above are most clear when you are on one extreme of the homework policies, and I feel like math.SE is on the other end of the spectrum, which changes the opinions some users on what I think the real goal of any math.SE user, which, in my opinion, should be something along the lines of
Learn from others, learn from trying, and watch others learn. (learn math that is)
but if people post problems of the form at the beginning of this meta post, the likelihood of the above decreases... quite a bit.
(Kik is very informal and built mostly for social media)
What other sites/forums relating to math problem solving are you a member of?
What's the homework policy?
How do you think it affects the learning environment?
What changes (or lack of changes) would you like to have on this site after your experiences?