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I've noticed a recent uptick in the number of HTML5 questions about HTML5 attributes:

15th November

14th November

13th November

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These question seem suspect because they seem to follow a pattern:

  1. Asked by new, unregistered users
  2. Very short questions, usually only one or two lines with no elaboration
  3. Fairly simple questions that can be answered by looking at the specifications
  4. A lot of them are duplicates of previous questions

Now them problem is that these are not invalid questions. It's just that this number of extremely basic questions, many of them duplicates, been asked within a relatively short period of time seems very suspicious, or at least it does so to me. I'm going to guess (though there's really no point in doing so, since I have no hard evidence proving this) that these questions are coming from students in the same school on the same course, and that these are all homework questions. But that's only a guess.

Now I'm not saying that we should suspend these users or anything, but at least we should clean it up by closing some of these as dupes.

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I'm going to guess (though there's really no point in doing so, since I have no hard evidence proving this) that these questions are coming from students in the same school on the same course, and that these are all homework questions.

So? While duplicate questions should obviously be avoided asking homework questions is allowed on stack overflow.

Remember that the OP is not under any obligation to disclose whether the question is homework or not. If you believe it is - and you are personally against homework questions - then you certainly have the right to not answer them.

I'm certainly not against closing the dups but I don't understand what the homework part has to do with it.

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    If I haven't made it clear, it's not just that these are [homework] questions, but that these are also bad questions. The HTML5 spec is fairly short compared to most other language specs and is online for everybody to read, and some of the questions are almost silly when you look at them, yet the same ridiculously simple question get's asked again and again and again, even when the asker has been pointed to the language specs.
    – Yi Jiang
    Nov 15 '10 at 13:56
  • The proper thing to do is downvote them then Nov 15 '10 at 14:02

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