144 votes

(homework) tag should be deprecated (Voting's over! You won't believe what won!)

The (homework) tag should be burninated and blacklisted. This means that we will request the SE team to completely remove the tag from the system and ensure that it cannot be re-created. This will ...
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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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(homework) tag should be deprecated (Voting's over! You won't believe what won!)

The (homework) tag should be left as is. Upvote this answer if you agree with the above option. (Downvotes will be ignored, so please do not downvote.)
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(homework) tag should be deprecated (Voting's over! You won't believe what won!)

I am posting this in order to give users an opportunity to vote for an opposite proposal. (Since it is a pretty radical change, I think we should also weigh the arguments against the removal of the ...
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Suggested Guideline for "I Don't Know Where to Begin" Questions

Tim Gowers has a series of blog posts on this topic and related topics. In one, he says: Let me introduce a notion of fake difficulty. Every pure maths supervisor at Cambridge has had conversations ...
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Abuse of site with homework assignments

It's a big problem. A while ago there was a big push to close all obvious homework questions, with no evidence of student effort, as "not enough context" but that drive seems to have dissipated. I've ...
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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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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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Abuse of site with homework assignments

There seem to be (at least) two main categories of user that answers questions here: (1) users who view MSE as a place to teach, and (2) users that view MSE as a quiz site/rep game. I'd wager that the ...
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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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Answering my own question: Shall I give a hint or a full solution?

Generally, hints are given when it seems better that the OP understand how to do the problem rather than being given the answer. Usually, this is when the question is tagged homework, or it seems very ...
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(homework) tag should be deprecated (Voting's over! You won't believe what won!)

This is not an answer for or against the proposal. This is merely some comments about the technical aspects of the proposal: I think that we can in fact ask SE to nuke the entire tag and blacklist it,...
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Is this a good homework question? Is there anything like a good homework question?

Short answer: Your question is great! I wish more people asked questions like you. Long answer: Of course, anything can be improved. :P Let's address your ...
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Is the site being too lenient in helping people with homework?

Whether or not a question is homework or not, is not a major concern of mine. It is typically quite difficult to determine, and in those cases where it is more or less obvious the question is normally ...
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Why is so important if a question is homework?

The important points are these: A user submitting material from this site as their own work and using no real effort of their own is (under normal circumstances, where they are not given permission ...
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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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"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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Trying to keep students from using MSE to do their homework

In short, we do not have a consolidated homework policy. It is fair to say that we act as though each question is asked in good faith. Other than that, it is up to each answerer to decide their own ...
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(homework) tag should be deprecated (Voting's over! You won't believe what won!)

The main application of the homework tag is to reduce the use of the empty word "homework" in question titles, and to allow users the option to signal homework in a machine-readable way instead of ...
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16 votes

could WDYT? acronym be listed as common acronym?

Many such OP's are new to the site. They would not know what that acronym means. This would just lead to confusion.
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16 votes

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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