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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. Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 21:39
  • @PopularDemand Yup. As far as I know the list has never been made public. Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 21:42
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    If this Meta post is your homework, can you show what you've tried? ;)
    – jonsca
    Commented Apr 27, 2012 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. Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 22:25
  • @Gilles Well this can't just be a "gimme teh changez" situation, then. Okay, I'll stop now.
    – jonsca
    Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 22:29
  • @jonsca You said homework! flags
    – John
    Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 23:02
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    @John: [your comment suddenly disappears]
    – user102937
    Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 23:03
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    @RobertHarvey ♦cheater. Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 23:04
  • @RobertHarvey If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem, man...
    – jonsca
    Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 23:05
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    One disgruntled guy complaining about a post from years ago counts as "a lot of friction"? Where's the evidence that this is needed? Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 23:50
  • These comments annoy me, and Gilles apparently. Isn't that evidence enough? They cause us a lot of friction. Commented Apr 27, 2012 at 23:55
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    @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. Commented Apr 28, 2012 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. Commented Aug 14, 2014 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. Commented Apr 28, 2012 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.
    – user159834
    Commented Sep 16, 2012 at 22:07
  • what happens if someone's name is "Foo Homework"? and I ping him like @foo homework hello world?
    – ajax333221
    Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 15:59
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    Is cleaning up "use the homework tag" and "is this homework‽"-type comments a significant part of your workload? Commented Oct 9, 2012 at 18:08
  • @Gilles: Not especially, no.
    – user102937
    Commented Oct 9, 2012 at 19:46

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