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Homework, reasonable to have no clue?

It is reasonable for a student to have "no clue", but a question should not simply consist of [copy-paste of problem statement] I have no idea. kthxbai. I would like to remind everyone that ...
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When should I stop answering to OP

While I agree with quid's1 answer, let me add a point I consider very important: You do volunteer work when you answer questions, and you are entitled to do it on your own terms. If you think a ...
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Can I post a 'homework' question without any MathJax/Latex.

Please do your best to write this up using MathJax. This makes your post much more readable, searchable, and accessible. If you're worried about the process of formatting it in MathJax taking too much ...
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Would it be allowed to post a question as an exercise for students?

This is an interesting idea. I definitely see the appeal of getting learners of mathematics on this site. Used properly, Math.SE can be an incredibly effective resource for learning mathematics. ...
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Can I post a 'homework' question without any MathJax/Latex.

I want to amplify, perhaps a little more kindly, on @TonyK's "you're just being lazy" answer. Everyone answering your questions is volunteering their time, in trade for silly internet "...
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Why people get mad when someone posts their homework?

Firstly: I personally have never downvoted any questions.... Then you are not fully participating in the site. You should vote early and vote often. Also, the mouseover text on the downvote ...
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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. It's fine. Indeed, if anything it came up too frequently ...
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Why don't we use a homework policy... like physics.SE?

A note from the other side This may not be evident from a single superficial look at Physics SE's homework-policy canonical meta post, but please do not come away with the impression that it is ...
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Can I post a 'homework' question without any MathJax/Latex.

I rarely bother to read handwritten questions, especially if I'm on my phone. As others have said, we strongly encourage you to post your questions using MathJax, for a variety of reasons. We ...
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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?

This answer might be contrary to official opinion/community consensus on SE, but I still think that there are a few options. If you have some energy and willingness to work with what might even be a ...
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Blindly answering easy questions without considering whether the question satisfies MSE policy.

This really should be a comment to an answer from a now deleted account, but I want to elaborate on a point, and also get a reality check from others. So an answer it is. Quoting The truth is that 99%...
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Should homework questions from advanced subjects be closed?

You have to think about why questions get closed for being off-topic. The first and main reason, even if it is the unofficial one, is that people were tired that math.SE was becoming "Do my Homework" ...
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Allow question to be closed for low effort

About the first part of your question (about low effort posts) - this is exactly what the "missing context" close reason is for. (Of course, context is wider than just effort - there are ...
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is it true MathematicsStackExchange is a homework site?

What you are noting is that there is a very large cultural gulf between Math SE and Physics SE. In the early days of the site, the Physics SE community decided that they would not answer homework (or ...
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The things that make math.SE 'better' (or worse) than most other math sites

The XKCD webcomic has a math forum and the homework policy was that you should demonstrate the work you're done in an attempt and that you have read all the definitions required. If the poster failed ...
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The things that make math.SE 'better' (or worse) than most other math sites

I'm not on any other math sites other than here, but I'm active on other Stack Exchange sites and have (modest) reputation on some of them (5K on Stack Overflow, for example, and a couple of gold ...
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When should I stop answering to OP

In writing answers it should be considered that over time your readers will largely consist of people who are not the Original Poster of the question. The goal of Math.SE is to collect excellent ...
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Why people get mad when someone posts their homework?

I personally have never downvoted any questions, ... I took a look at your summary of voting (on your Activity page for the main site). It shows you have voted four times, two up votes and two down ...
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Proposition: Preemptive homework problem prevention

We do something roughly like this for larger contests, see USAMTS 2017-18 Round 2 Problems for a recent example, it somewhat works but not perfectly. For more low-key things like homework ...
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Why people get mad when someone posts their homework?

There are several good answers here that I won't try to repeat with mine. I generally echo the points in other answers about the site becoming associated with cheating, respect for both questioner and ...
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Would it be allowed to post a question as an exercise for students?

Some problems I see with this proposal. I would be hesitant to go ahead with something like this unless this is agreed by a community and a rather detailed guidelines are created. (Will such ...
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When should I stop answering to OP

Here's an analogy I like to compare this scenario to: Imagine that you're a dentist and the person who asked the question is a normal person. This normal person doesn't know how to brush his teeth in ...
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Can I post a 'homework' question without any MathJax/Latex.

One way is to type out specific parts of your working in the input tab of Desmos. Since it is a WYSWYG system, it is tremendously easier, then you can just copy and paste it into your question/answer. ...
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When should I stop answering to OP

The original intent of the OP should be of no concern. Also the identities of the askers, commenters, etc. are irrelevant. I think one should stick to the contents of the various messages and ignore ...
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The things that make math.SE 'better' (or worse) than most other math sites

What I think works here, most of the time, is that if people post homework questions, there is an understanding amongst most of the community that the real question is "are you trying to learn ...
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Can we ask users to provide practice problems that aren't part of their problem set?

You're permitted to do any of those things. Whether they're helpful is another question. You are free to decide whether to answer or not. You are free to leave a comment asking questions and use the ...
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