Over on this meta question, anorton wrote
I propose a policy that if someone reports that a question is part of a take-home test, we have a 4 step process:
We close the question as soon as possible to prevent any possible cheating.
We then ask the reporter for the test's due date
We also ask the reporter for some verification that they are, in fact, a professor or someone qualified to ask for the delay of answering the question.
We reopen the question after this deadline has past, or if the reporter does not respond within a reasonable timeframe.
This has strong support, currently at (+20/-3) votes. Michael Hardy suggested that it would be helpful to add a close reason specifically targeted at this scenario, this idea is currently at (+12/-1). This meta question is a feature request for such a mechanism, and an opportunity to discuss how it should work.
Some questions that would be worth discussing:
Should this be a "flag" or a "close" option? Flag options appear at rep 15, close at rep 3000. Do moderators respond faster to flags than closes?
Would there be a way to have the option bring up a web form requesting information like where the exam is being given and when it is due? (The "close as duplicate" option brings up a form asking what question this is a duplicate of.)
Would it be reasonable within the software to close a question in such a manner that it automatically reopened at a later time? This could be used both for a short term close while moderators are investigating the claim, or to close a question until after the due date of the exam.