Relating to the discussion and controversy around questions that are 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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Correct way to flag “do my work for me” questions? [duplicate]

I am not a heavy user of StackOverflow due to various time constraints I face. As such, I sometimes see some very-low quality questions where OPs ask someone to get their work done (a.k.a. "I don't ...
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What to do in the case of a user removing code from questions

At the end of last week, I answered a question which seemed like homework. I didn't just give the answer, only some suggestions on fixing the implementation. It seems that after I helped the user, ...
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Would you answer other people's questions if you knew they were getting paid? [closed]

I am writing a paper for my Senior Thesis that focuses on the motivations of SO users. As my survey is apparently inappropriate, I'll attempt to break out the questions individually with more ...
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How to discourage lazy homework questions and their answers? [duplicate]

How does this website need to change in order to discourage the endless 'I'm a newbie help me out, here's my homework'? Also, how do we discourage people from 'here's the solution, give me some ...
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Homework revisited

This is an old topic but I see there is an influx of new questions on SE which would be resolved by a bit of googling and some thought. Presumably this is due to the new academic year up in the ...
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Answering the homework questions [duplicate]

As we all know that a lot of homework questions are posted on Stack Overflow. Few just post the question as such without even trying and few genuinely try something and post a specific problem. In the ...
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Is Stack Overflow a danger or benefit to collegiate CS classes? [closed]

Collegiate courses in computer science are particularly tricky to balance due to how available answers to specific problems are online on sites such as Stack Overflow. For example, a student may look ...
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“How to ask a smart question” overhaul

I'm speaking strictly about Stack Overflow here, but shouldn't there be some kind of reference to the ability to troubleshooting? It seems as if more and more SO users are seeking help with their ...
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Increased flow of homework-type of questions?

Is it just me or are there many more homework-style questions right now? Typical traits are: A program elementary enough to be given as a homework, yet not a one-liner A bug within such a program ...
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Should homework questions be moved to cs.stackexchange.com?

I recently discovered cs.stackexchange.com, and just browsing the site, it seemed like a site better suited for homework questions, or questions from those seeking help understanding the basics of the ...
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A One Liner Comment for Homework?

" Please read the FAQ and post some code. People will assist you here, but you must show real effort first. " After a few weeks of picking low-hanging fruit questions - ones I can answer ...
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Homework Puppies, Help Vampires, and the Über-Selfless Ones

I'm beginning to understand why homework questions are annoying. And I also the see need to grab a stake and aim it a few posts. But then we have those who are helpful, but ask very little. So my ...
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I'm a professional (homework/student related) [closed]

I've been using SO for a while now, and it's become more and more useful as a professional tool, which is why I'm finally registering and joining the community. I actually use SO every day, including ...
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Why did the [homework] tag get nuked instead of letting the community clean it up?

As we know, the homework tag was regarded to be obsolete and was on its way to be removed from questions. I had been editing a fair amount of them into shape and flagged some for deletion when ...
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Should do-my-homework questions be closed as “Not a Real Question” or “Too localized”?

My question is pretty much in the title. We all know that there are a lot of questions that simply copy-paste their homework assignment text without showing any effort. This recent one, for example. I ...
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Disallow homework tag [duplicate]

The homework tag is officially deprecated for a while now. Yet still, there is hardly a day without new questions tagged as homework. While this makes for easy game when one still tries to obtain the ...
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Is there any policy on dealing with serial homework questions?

In the past few days, there have been four questions (at least) asking about the Dutch National Flag Problem, all from different users, with different levels of completion. From the code given in the ...
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Is obvious homework “too narrow” or “duplicate” if there are similar things onsite already?

Referring to this Q as an example, I'd like to clarify some edit/flag/comment/vote behaviour. Does that Q qualify as being flagged as being too narrow? My rationale here is that the Q does not want ...
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What to do when you think a student deleted the question because the answer was too specific?

I'm asking here because if this becomes a trend I'd like to know what I should do in the future. I don't have proof, but I suspect the user wanted a direct solution but didn't want their prof to be ...
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Distinguishing real questions from homework

This is doubtless an FAQ, but I've not found the answer. I've been spending some time on Stack Overflow, trying to pay forward some help on several knotty questions to which I've found solutions ...
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How far to go when answering

How much information should we give when answering? In some applications, I think that it is proper to give working code. In others, I limit myself to help with algorithms, or just what method and ...
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Redirect Homework Traffic to a new “apprentice” tag? [closed]

Home work tag helps "clean the other tags" from more basic question traffic as well as creating a safe hub for new people and allows them an easier integration into the SO community.
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Should the homework tag be removed on other sites too?

Programmers and then SO have (somewhat) recently banned the homework tag. However, I noticed that it still exists on many other SE sites, notably Math, Physics and Chemistry. Should the tag be ...
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How may I help in removing homework tags?

I have slightly > 500 rep on SO, and would enjoy helping with the homework tag removal. However, I obviously do not have the rep to vote for deletion of poorly worded homework questions. I was ...
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Signaling homework questions after the deprecation of the homework tag

I asked a question some time back (after the deprecation of the homework tag) that was for homework. I didn't want to write a dorky sentence at the top of my question that said "this is a homework ...
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Is there a reason people can still tag questions as homework?

Since the homework tag is deprecated, why are users still able to tag questions with it? I'm guessing that you haven't blacklisted the tag which means users can still use/recreate it. In that case my ...
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How should questions dealing with playing cards be tagged, or should they?

Among things that beginners seem to undertake are programming tasks involving playing cards. (They come up in a lot of school assignments, but it seems people are equally enthusiastic about trying it ...
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Lower the flag barrier for “homework” comments [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Please add “homework” to the one-click comment flagging list If the phrase "accept rate" (or similar1) is in a comment it takes 1 comment flag to auto-delete the ...
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How should we deal with Coursera homework related questions?

After the post about removing the homework tag I have a kind of related question. I am active in the Scala category and its creator, Martin Odersky is giving a class on Coursera with something like ...
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The Effects of Removing the Homework Tag

So, we're removing the homework tag now. This is being done to cut down on the number of comments about homework tagging questions, comments about answering homework questions too completely, and the ...
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homework tag reapplied

The homework tag has been deprecated. I was going through some homework questions and noticed this one: the homework tag has been removed and the question closed but someone edited the post and put ...
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With the Homework Tag removal, how do we help new users ask better questions?

The recent movement to remove homework tags from questions, has made me wonder about the best way to deal with homework questions that will inevitably still show up on the site. My question is, as a ...
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The homework tag is now officially deprecated

Homework is no longer a tag on Stack Overflow. Keeping this post for historical reference. --Shog9 The result of a rather lengthy discussion concludes with the homework tag needing to go ...
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Was I wrong in my approach to this question?

Since this was a homework question I was trying to get the the poster to understand their problem. Rather than just answering it. Maybe that's wrong on SO but I thought it was a good approach. Do ...
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Should a “Work Type” Category be Added?

I posted a question regarding etiquette and the homework tag. I can see a lot of the viewpoints on the issue, and understand them. I actually had a pretty good idea for a solution i wanted to share. ...
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What are some homework red flags? [closed]

Applying the homework tag or asking a whether a question is homework can result in some hurt feelings. I was thinking it may be helpful to document some of the characteristics of questions that lead ...
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Please add “homework” to the one-click comment flagging list [closed]

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 ...
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Can we cut back on the “Is This Homework?” berating?

First, let me say that Stack Overflow and its related wikis are one of my favorite places on the net, and I've learned tremendously from many of you, and find most of you to be fine and charming folks ...
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Are school project questions homework?

I was tempted to tag this post on collision detection as homework, but I'm not sure if it qualifies. To summarize: As a school project i have taken up making an angry birds clone in matlab. After ...
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Homework questions - accepted or not? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to ask and answer homework questions? So are homework questions accepted on SO or not? Or is there no standard answer to this question? Bear in mind that there is ...
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What to do after finding out that a question was homework?

I recently answered a question here: bubble sort a character array in alphabetic order in c I felt that due to the nature of the code, the best way to help the OP learn would be to provide him with ...
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Can we now discourage the use of and burninate the homework tag? [closed]

I present to you the following indisputable (depending on your frame of reference) facts: homework is a meta-tag. It describes the status from which the question is being asked, not the content of ...
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Wondering about why a question got closed

I was wondering about the reason that this question got closed. The stated reason is that: It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly ...
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How should be considered self-excercise questions? Are they homework?

One starting programmer (here) reads a book, finds there an exercise, writes, debugs and runs code and having some problems with understanding the concepts, questions at SO. Somebody asks him if it is ...
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More aggressively punishing questions that are blatant cheating?

I've noticed that a lot of the questions on SO recently are students blatantly asking for the community to do their homework for them. I'm not talking about legitimate questions like "I've been ...
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Add a Short Message above the Answer Box when the [Homework] Tag is Present

While we as a community not only accept but (I feel) encourage the asking of questions for the purposes of homework, it tends to be a point of contention. Questions which are obviously homework (and ...
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Is there anything to be done about the arrival of September?

The last two weeks or so seems to me to have delivered a dramatic uptick in clueless students. Some are just posting their homework questions. Others have merely mistaken us for their TAs. Here is a ...
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Is answering homework question considered cheating? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Is [homework] an exception? How to ask and answer homework questions? It's bothering me if someone was asked to do report or has a homework question and asks for help ...
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How to deal with “debug my homework” questions? [on hold]

How can we deal with people who use SO as an interactive debugging session? The typical scenario is that a user (typically low rep or far more questions than answers) posts some a answer to their ...
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Flag for inappropriate homework answers? [closed]

Has a flag been considered for a homework answer that gives the student too much information? Obviously "too much information" is subjective, but I think there is a difference between (1) putting ...