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Problem sets as a concept is widely used in academics. There is also a Wikipedia entry to moot. Will someone add this as a legal tag for use across some of the Stackexchange sites?

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    Why would you need a 'problem-sets' tag on Pets.StackExchange.com? – Martijn Pieters Nov 18 '13 at 16:08
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    @MartijnPieters - they need problem-pets. – Oded Nov 18 '13 at 16:09
  • @Oded: No thanks, I have plenty of those at home.. – Martijn Pieters Nov 18 '13 at 16:10
  • Fair enough, the tag is required in some of the sites. – lifebalance Nov 18 '13 at 16:12
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    After all the work to get rid of the homework tag, this is the last thing we need on SO. – David Robinson Nov 18 '13 at 16:13
  • @lifebalance: Which ones do you have in mind (not that I'm in agreement with this)? – Jamal Nov 18 '13 at 16:13
  • SO and programmers.stackexchange.com – lifebalance Nov 18 '13 at 16:15
  • So, what's with this down voting of -8? Isn't that a bit harsh for such a legitimate question? Or is there another meta-meta site that I should be posting this? – lifebalance Nov 18 '13 at 16:28
  • @lifebalance: Voting is different on meta: it can be used to express agreement or disagreement with a feature request. – David Robinson Nov 18 '13 at 16:31
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There used to be a tag on StackOverflow, but it was officially deprecated and then removed in a long cleanup process. The reasons for removing the homework tag all remain true. To quote from that discussion:

  • homework is a meta-tag. It describes the status from which the question is being asked, not the content of the question.
  • homework might be factually incorrect - for example, it is possible to ask a basic question yet not be a student or otherwise completing an assignment.
  • Copied assignments (verbatim) with no attempt at solving the problem are not real questions and should be closed anyway.
  • Someone, somewhere, will feel the need to say "is this homework? is it? is it homework? Really?" then somebody else will "USE THE HOMEWORK TAG11!!11" (and I'm mildly fed up of it).

How would a tag differ from the tag? Even if there were some distinction, people would be sure to use it the same way.

  • This (which has been just removed!) is asking about how to go about finding or defining problem-sets as practice problems. – lifebalance Nov 18 '13 at 16:34
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    @lifebalance: That sounds like it might be off topic for Programmers. It would certainly be off topic for SO. It would likely be on topic for academia.stackexchange.com (which does have a homework tag). – David Robinson Nov 18 '13 at 16:35
  • Fair enough. By the way, instead of removing that question, is there a process by which it can be "deported" to academia.stackexchange.com? – lifebalance Nov 18 '13 at 16:37
  • @lifebalance That's called migration: you can flag a post for migration by a moderator, though now that it's been deleted it's too late – David Robinson Nov 18 '13 at 16:39
  • I guess the question would have been off-limits to SO. But between Academia and Programmers, the question belongs in the latter. IMHO. – lifebalance Nov 18 '13 at 16:44
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Sure. Because our cooking site really needs it.

Or the lego site.

Or the pets site.

I think you are getting my drift here.

Tags are easy enough to add - you just create them if you have enough reputation - there is no need to add a default one that will not be relevant to most sites.

  • I don't have enough reputation on Stackoverflow.com - would you do the honours? – lifebalance Nov 18 '13 at 16:14
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    @lifebalance - what question would benefit from it? I don't necessarily think we need another conceptual "meta" tag, not after trying to get rid of them. – Oded Nov 18 '13 at 16:16
  • If practice-problems exists, what's wrong with problem-sets? – lifebalance Nov 18 '13 at 16:18
  • @lifebalance - there is no such tag on Stack Overflow. And Software Engineering only has 7 of those. Clear sign that it is not actually needed. – Oded Nov 18 '13 at 16:19
  • This question has it. – lifebalance Nov 18 '13 at 16:21
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    @lifebalance - There are 7 such questions on programmers. 5 of which are closed. You linked to one of the two remaining questions. – Oded Nov 18 '13 at 16:22
  • Oops! So, they are going to get closed as well? – lifebalance Nov 18 '13 at 16:23
  • @lifebalance - don't know. Depends on the questions themselves and whether they fit Programmers. – Oded Nov 18 '13 at 16:24

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