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Comments about homework cause a lot of friction. In the interest of making it easier to cut off the comment wars in the bud, please add homework to the list of words that make a comment be deletable by a single flag.

beware of the unicorn

Now that the homework tag is being phased out, I'm flagging comments like “add the homework tag” as obsolete as I find them. Making this one-click would lighten the load for moderators.

We're about 1/4 of the way through the tag cleanup. This would still help.

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+1 for the killer unicorn sign. –  jadarnel27 Apr 27 '12 at 21:39
@PopularDemand Yup. As far as I know the list has never been made public. –  Gilles Apr 27 '12 at 21:42
If this Meta post is your homework, can you show what you've tried? ;) –  jonsca Apr 27 '12 at 22:24
@jonsca The unicorn picture is indeed homework, but not mine. I can't show you what I've tried because there's no public record of my comment flags. –  Gilles Apr 27 '12 at 22:25
@Gilles Well this can't just be a "gimme teh changez" situation, then. Okay, I'll stop now. –  jonsca Apr 27 '12 at 22:29
@jonsca You said homework! flags –  John Apr 27 '12 at 23:02
@John: [your comment suddenly disappears] –  Robert Harvey Apr 27 '12 at 23:03
@RobertHarvey ♦cheater. –  Gilles Apr 27 '12 at 23:04
@RobertHarvey If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem, man... –  jonsca Apr 27 '12 at 23:05
One disgruntled guy complaining about a post from years ago counts as "a lot of friction"? Where's the evidence that this is needed? –  Nicol Bolas Apr 27 '12 at 23:50
These comments annoy me, and Gilles apparently. Isn't that evidence enough? They cause us a lot of friction. –  Cody Gray Apr 27 '12 at 23:55
@TheEstablishment: No, that's not enough. Some people who find it annoying isn't enough to go and add a special flag for just that kind of thing that annoys you. –  Nicol Bolas Apr 28 '12 at 0:17
Now that the homework tag has been phased out on most sites, is-this-homework comments have become a lot rarer, so this request is moot. –  Gilles Aug 14 '14 at 20:13

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Although I believe that inquiries about homework questions are necessary I do like this idea. Once the conversation has taken place, homework comments don't need to stay around.

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I agree that once the determination has been made, one way or the other, the comments can be safely removed. But I don't think a special flag is needed for this. It's no different than any other comment that is no longer necessary. –  Nicol Bolas Apr 28 '12 at 0:17
@NicolBolas: I assume this would make a comment be deletable by a single flag, not be a new flag reason or type of flag, similar to how comments with the words "accept rate" are nuked with only 1 flag. I'm just saying this because your comment there has some upvotes, as if people aren't sure how this would most likely be implemented. –  Wesley Murch Sep 16 '12 at 22:07
what happens if someone's name is "Foo Homework"? and I ping him like @foo homework hello world? –  ajax333221 Oct 2 '12 at 15:59
Is cleaning up "use the homework tag" and "is this homework‽"-type comments a significant part of your workload? –  Gilles Oct 9 '12 at 18:08
@Gilles: Not especially, no. –  Robert Harvey Oct 9 '12 at 19:46

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