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Questions tagged [homework]

Relating to the discussion and controversy around questions that are tagged, explicitly stated as, presumed, or suspected to be homework questions (i.e. those given to a student in a formal course of study).

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“I have no idea what to do” - How do you respond to self-study questions by users who are completely lost?

It seems very common for someone to ask a homework question along with some variant of the phrase "I am completely lost" or "I have no idea what to do", and therefore violating the guideline that self-...
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Should homework questions from advanced subjects be closed?

When I say homework question, I mean the kind of questions frequently seen where the question is just a direct copy of an exercise from a textbook without any work from the OP. These questions appear ...
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Homework questions

I've noticed that there's kind of a split in the questions that people ask on MSE. Some people are seeking help on homework problems that they've struggled with, while others have questions or ...
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Proposition: Preemptive homework problem prevention

Sorry for the cheesy-sounding alliterative title - I didn't write it that way one purpose. Today, in my math class I heard one of my (rather apathetic) classmates say something like this: "I found ...
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Why don't we use a homework policy… like physics.SE?

I was reading Proposal: ban verbatim homework questions which have no accompanying text and I came upon some startling old statistics. Since 2013, the number of questions on this site has multiplied ...
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The things that make math.SE 'better' (or worse) than most other math sites

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 ...
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When should I stop answering to OP

I am pretty new in this community and honestly do not know if this question is too out of place here, please let me know and I will delete it. When I try to give an answer to something that looks ...
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Homework, reasonable to have no clue?

In this post OP was asked to derive the Catalan numbers. I am not sure how to react. As posted, there was no background. OP showed no effort. If I were asked the question and had no clue how to ...
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Why people get mad when someone posts their homework?

When people post their homework and ask for help, a lot of other users get upset and ask questions like show what you did etc. I personally have never downvoted any questions, and if I know how to ...
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Why not flag questions because they're homework?

During last days a lot of people have sent so many questions that are like homework, for example: this this this this this this and basically they don't make any effort to show what they have tried. ...
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Homework user who deletes their questions - what to do?

A certain user posted a question today, received an answer (from myself), accepted the answer, then deleted the question sometime afterwards. I now find that a very, very similar question has popped ...
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What to do if you recognise Assignment Questions on this site?

I have observed that one specific user on this site has been posting questions that are identical to the questions that are in my University Assignment. Is there a way to report such posts that are ...
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Would it be allowed to post a question as an exercise for students?

So I'm a math teacher and would like my students to get comfortable with this community and to get familiar with this resource. To this end I've daydreamed about assigning them a problem, then posting ...
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Writing a solution manual for textbooks.

This question is similar to other questions asked on Math SE Meta, however it is distinct: this was never answered this, that, and other partially answer my question. So, I've done my research but I'...
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Math.SE's Opinion on Discussing Interpretation of Homework Questions?

Well, we know that getting help from Stack Exchange for homework is a complete no-no. But what about discussing the interpretation of a particular question?
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Homework problems from new users

It seems like there are a lot of new users who join to post homework questions. That's perfectly fine, of course, but their questions are often just copy-and-pasted homework problems without any ...
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Would posting the source of my mathematics questions help attract more attention?

I am primarily using MSE to prepare for my comprehensive exams, and I think that it is a wonderful place to discuss mathematics. I notice that, after the summer season, ie., when school's in session, ...
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Student posting assignment questions - what action to take? [duplicate]

I am currently undertaking a course in topology, and I've noticed a particular user post many questions which are taken directly from the past two assignments we've been given. They joined about a ...
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Trying to keep students from using MSE to do their homework

I'm working as a counselor at a summer math camp, and have been tasked with giving challenge problems for the campers outside of their classes (see this post at MESE) for more details. I am almost ...
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Asking a question that might be too broad

Being over half a year in this advanced maths course, time has come for the finals. As I was browsing through some of the tests from previous years, I' ve encountered several difficult questions. ...
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Why is so important if a question is homework?

I've studied Computer Science and my first contact with the StackExchenge's sites was StackOverflow. Later I realize that there are a lot of other useful sites on this platform and currently I'm an ...
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Is the site being too lenient in helping people with homework?

Most questions which are actually exercises and considered homework on other sites are closed within a short span of time, but since this site requires people to show their work so that they are ...
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Why isn't more being done to avoid facilitating copy/paste homework questions?

I'm relatively new to this site, but I've noticed a disturbing trend during my time here: many of the questions are simply copy / pasted or even scanned and show little to no effort on the part of the ...
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Ethics of answering exam and/or test questions [duplicate]

The daily list of questions I see here seems to be distinctly of the homework/other assignment type variety, ranging from a measly school level to graduate level. To me these questions look (almost) ...
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Is this a good homework question? Is there anything like a good homework question?

This is the first time I have posted a homework question on M.SE: Solution of 2nd order linear ODE with regular singular points, and complex exponents at singularity I would like to post more, ...
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How can we prevent instances of plagiarism arising from questions? [duplicate]

When I went to my university to hand in my Maths work (5 questions, worth 25% of the grade for the unit) I met with a friend who told me that somebody had been asking questions from the coursework ...
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Almost-duplicates of closed PSQs

In this (now deleted) question a user asked about a homework problem (I assume), asking whether a particular approach to it would be valid. Almost immediately, someone voted to close as a duplicate ...
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Intention tags and topic tags

Some time ago, it was discussed and voted here if "homework" should be a tag. Well, I have been thinking about this matter today, and I have had an idea. Why shouldn't be two kinds of tags? Topic ...
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Suggested Guideline for “I Don't Know Where to Begin” Questions

We've all seen them: posts that ask the community members for help regarding a homework problem, lacking in any previously attempted work. Sometimes you can't blame the asker for not knowing where to ...
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could WDYT? acronym be listed as common acronym?

Very often I notice that homework questions are accompanied by a very low OP effort in trying to figure out by him/herself what the possible answer might be. When I see such questions (which usually ...
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Answering homework questions and downvoting

I just saw this thread: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/970464/parallel-tangents-and-curves and there were discussions in it on whether or not it was appropriate to downvote an answer which ...
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Should we do something about old comments mentioning (homework) tag?

Not so long ago, the homework tag was blacklisted. However, we still have many comments on old questions containing some information about (homework) tag. This information is now obsolete. It is ...
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(homework) tag should be deprecated (Voting's over! You won't believe what won!)

Note. After over one month of discussion, and more than one week of voting, I think the community has decided. Leave the tag alone: 43 upvotes (20.38%) Consider the tag deprecated, but do ...
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hints for homework questions (reloaded)

In these days a lot of questions are asked that are plain homeworks, and thus they are soon closed. I used to agree with the rationale, but now I am thinking if it would not be better to leave an hint ...
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Abuse of site with homework assignments

Update: November 2017 This is not a duplicate of A Consolidated Homework Policy . The latter states that its concern is the issue of: "how to consolidate and enforce our homework policy". My ...
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Answering my own question: Shall I give a hint or a full solution?

I posted a question half a hour ago. But I think I found the answer myself now. I understand that answering your own question is appreciated (instead of deleting it). But I don't know if I should give ...
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Why do we not delete answers to closed questions which smell like homework?

Why do we not do this? Could we consider making the answers invisible to everyone but moderators once it received, say, 3 votes for 'off topic due to lack of context'? Also at the moment, there are ...
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Dealing with zero effort questions

A lot of questions on the site are asked by one time users who think that this is a magical place where all homework gets done with no effort put into it. Usually, the users prompt the question author ...
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Questions tagged only as homework [closed]

Lately I have found a massive amount of questions tagged solely as homework, for instance https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/687358/rounding-up-to-significant-figures https://math.stackexchange....
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homework questions, again

I have no sympathy for people just copying the text of the homework questions to the site (sometimes they even scan the page, to avoid having to write the text...) On the other side, I believe that ...
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User abusing website with multiple questions?

If you see an user that you can clearly tell has posted many questions in one day that are homework questions and they show no effort whatsoever nor do they tell you it is homework, are you supposed ...
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Should we charge to answer obvious homework with no effort?

I enjoy helping where I can when appropriate (obviously a subjective call). However, many questions smack of 'homework due tomorrow' or 'I want someone else to do my work' rather than a true need for ...
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Guideline for using “lack of context” and “homework” close reasons

Since a few days, we have the new predefined close reason about "lack of context". It would seem to me, that, even if a question superficially looks like homework, this is the appropriate close ...
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Problems with homework questions

This is the first time I post a question here, but sometimes I do read posts here. My question is concerned (again) with homework questions. My objectives in this site has been always the followings: ...
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User asking exercises from textbook without so identifying

A user is copying verbatim exercises from a textbook, e.g., Local Feature Size, Describe Conv(A U B), Flip graph of point set, Expected number on the convex hull, etc. Is the MSE convention that he ...
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The case Complex Guy

I want to draw the moderators' attention towards this case and I feel it warrants a separate topic for once, considering how obnoxious the guy is becoming as well as for future reference for such ...
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Request for a tag for homework hints/evolution rather than solution

I realize this is not a new topic. But I've noticed that I'm not the only one getting really frustrated by the standard behavior here. Some of us teacher types are willing to engage the OP in a ...
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Differences in [homework] policy to SE Network

I was reading around the extensive topic minefield of homework policy in order to come to better understand the community's attitude (not provoked by anything in particular), and came across a ...
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Proposal: ban verbatim homework questions which have no accompanying text

Edit: Clarification: I think we should start closing questions which are obviously copied verbatim from a homework assignment and which consist of no other text. Questions about homework with other ...
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What have you tried? Is this homework? You will get more help if …

It was fine/acceptable seeing occasional users receiving one/two line comments about appropriate tags, attempts, use of Latex etc. (I am not that old user though. But it was fine when I started.) It'...