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Questions tagged [hint]

for questions about posts that ask for/give hints.

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Are hint answers allowed? [duplicate]

I seem to recall reading on some help page that an answer must in fact answer the question posed. Yet I often see Hint answers, and sometimes want to answer with hints as well. So are Hint answers "...
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Is it acceptable to leave hints as answers?

Question: Is it acceptable to leave a hint as an answer? For the purposes of this question, let me attempt to define a "hint": A hint is a short, generally terse, comment which does not provide ...
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How to avoid hint answers

I know some people like to give hints because they're concerned that they'll be doing some students homework for them or they're genuinely trying to help teach the matter at hand by offering a hint ...
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Easy questions: answers or clues?

I am quite new in the community, but I have noticed two different behaviours when someone asks an "easy" question: Either the question is answered, which may be good since the explanation will help ...
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Just a hint please. [duplicate]

I have seen some posts which mentioned they want only a hint. They want to think about their problem and solve it themselves. Nevertheless some people give an answer, good or poor, even Op insist to ...
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What to do when I get no feedback on an answer to my own question?

I asked this question sometime ago and had no idea how to solve it. Later, I got a hint(the first answer there) and used it to reach a conclusion, which I then wrote in the comments. The person who ...
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Should there be a policy about “hints”?

First, let me say that I completely understand the idea of not posting full solutions, but instead "hints" (or outlines) to let the OP figure out the details by themselves. I tend to do that myself. ...
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Should I edit a hint to a complete answer; if, the author does not complain?

In this post I edited @fouriertransform's HINT to a complete answer. Am I allowed to do this?
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Accepting incomplete helpful answer, vs posting my own complete answer

A user answered one of my questions with a very helpful, but incomplete response. With their hints I have completed the problem. Should I: Accept their answer and leave it? Accept their answer and ...
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The Terms of Service currently prevent posting hint answers.

The Terms of Service (http://stackexchange.com/legal) currently prevents posting answers only containing a hint: Section four states that: Under no circumstances will Subscriber use the Network or ...
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Is it okay to ask for a hint to a problem that had already been solved here?

I am trying to prove a certain proposition on my own, and I got stuck. I have the proof somewhere in my lecture notes, and the proposition had been proved here in some question on this site, but I ...
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How good is an answer without any explanation? And how far should an explanation go?

Often times I will see hints posted as answers to a question get up voted a lot and sometimes marked as the best answer, but sometimes the answer is not so intuitive, especially to someone ...
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Should questions asking only for hints be closed?

I've seen a number of questions recently where the OP explicitly asks for a hint only. In some cases, these questions are closed (or have gotten some votes for closure) because the OP didn't provide ...
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Hints as answers

Often I see threads with an "accepted answer" that contains a hint and nothing else. That's absurd. Instead, how about: Supplying a full answer? There's a reason it is called "an answer"... ...
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Answering questions with a hint

Scenario: someone asks: "Let such-and-such. How do I prove X?". I answer "Hint: because blah, blah, blah, all you have to prove is Y". Their response is to ask a new question: "Let such-and-such. How ...
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Making duplicates for only hints

Should we close questions asking for hints as duplicates? This above discussion is old, and is what I want to rediscuss in light of my question here: $\Bbb F_p$ where $p$ is an odd prime has exactly ...
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If the selected answer is a hint, should the person asking edit the OP with the full answer?

Sometimes, a hint is all it takes to answer a question. So if the person asking selects that question and no full answer was provided, should the "asker" edit the original post with a full solution? ...
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Old questions with hint-only answers. Can we provide whole answers?

Summary I'm encouraging users to provide whole answers to sufficiently old questions that have only received hints thus far. I argue that the reasons to give hint-only answers are no longer (...
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Do hints belong in answers or comments?

If the OP doesn't indicate whether they'd prefer a hint, a sketch, or a full answer, and you'd like to leave just a hint, should it be an answer or a comment? Should one option be encouraged? If so, ...
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Suggestion for “Hint-Only” Tag

For people who only want guidance in understanding how to approach the problem, as opposed to seeing a fully fleshed out solution. Would this tag be useful? Am new to this site, so don't want to ...