I have come across many homework questions poorly made, with no efforts to solve and steps taken. Apparently the askers haven't gone through the homework policy yet. These questions are almost always flagged for closing. The asker is often annoyed at the closing.

I believe that instead of flagging, commenting the homework policy links, and allowing the asker to edit his question and show the efforts he has made. We can give up to two days for the question to be edited, otherwise it can be flagged and closed.

This will allow the asker to know about the homework policy, as well as get his homework question clarified. Does anyone agree with my views?

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    Homework policy? SE doesn't generally have a "homework policy"... are you talking about a specific site?
    – Catija StaffMod
    Apr 21, 2017 at 3:37
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    @Catija homework policies i can imaging seeing on Maths and Physics as well. just that on SO it's easier to spot a homework question
    – Memor-X
    Apr 21, 2017 at 3:38
  • In chemistry stackexchange, this was the homework policy: chemistry.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/141/… Apr 21, 2017 at 3:40
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    I think you need to read up on this: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/10582/… Questions put "on hold" are already sort of doing this. There is no reason to leave a question open and answerable while waiting for an OP who may never return to edit the question.
    – Catija StaffMod
    Apr 21, 2017 at 3:40
  • If you want Chemistry to change their policy, you need to ask on the Chemistry meta.
    – Catija StaffMod
    Apr 21, 2017 at 3:41
  • "For an OP who may never return" thats why I suggest a 2 day time. If he doesn't, the question can be flagged. But if he does its a good opportunity for the OP to get his doubts clarified, and possibly the OP is informed about the homework policy. Apr 21, 2017 at 3:43
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    ... which is the point of putting it "on hold"... We already do what you're asking for.
    – Catija StaffMod
    Apr 21, 2017 at 3:44
  • This isn't just for Chemistry, its pretty much for most stackexchanges, physics, biology, computer sciences, et cetera. Apr 21, 2017 at 3:45

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Per the network policy, except in the case of duplicates, questions are put "on hold" for five days before being closed. This is, essentially, exactly what you are asking for. The user is given five days to edit their question, during which time, if edited, the question will be put in the reopen queue.

If a question has been closed (except as a duplicate), then for the first 5 days, it is marked as “on hold” rather than “closed”. This is meant to convey that the question requires improvement and may be reopened if improved. During this period, if the question is edited by the asker (now by anyone), it will be added to the reopen queue. Other than this, there is no functional difference between “on hold” and “closed”.

While this is essentially the same as being "closed", there is absolutely no reason to leave the question in an "open" state if it can not be answered or if it is such poor quality, it is unwanted on the site.

These questions should not be answerable by users because, if they are answered, then the people posting them will continue to post them rather than learning how to properly ask for assistance on Stack Exchange, which will break the sites. Preventing answers is how we force quality. If they won't fix their question, we will not allow people to answer it. I'm not quite sure why you think the question being "on hold" or "closed" prevents the user from editing - it does not.

The asker is often annoyed at the closing.

They should be! They should be annoyed and work to rectify the situation. Complaining about the question being closed doesn't make it a better question and, if the question doesn't get closed they are less likely to fix it... for the very reason that it's still open so it "clearly can't be that bad"...

I do not see how forcing trusted users to wait two days to close a question is beneficial or useful... on many sites, two-day-old questions are either answered or ignored. No one is going to go to the effort of finding old questions that need to be closed because the OP never fixed them when they were originally asked. They need to be closed now and reopened when fixed.

The system as it is, works. I see no need for change.

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