Questions tagged [homework]

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). Homework questions themselves are off-topic on Meta Stack Exchange!

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Reasonableness of homework questions and difficulty of beginners to ask their doubts? [closed]

As I see doubts can range from too localized ones to multiple benefit ones, but often localized problems are closed or put on hold... Localized problems are beneficial on long term... I don't know ...
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How to discourage poorly researched homework questions and answers that don't show their work (intermediate steps)?

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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What is the policy here on homework?

I am not a student, but I know other avenues have had problems in the past with students trying to get others to do their work for them. I am sure most of the people on this site right now would not ...
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Is it ok to delete homework questions to hide the evidence?

This was a perfectly good (possibly homework) question The OP thanked me for my answer Thanks, you just ended my frustration! – user3225065 and then deleted the question! I don't think this ...
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Where can I ask about networking homework/assignments?

Where can I ask about networking homework/assignments? I've been told it's off-topic in Network Engineering. I can't seem to find the appropriate place to ask this question, and similar questions did ...
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How should questions dealing with playing cards be tagged, or should they? [closed]

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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Teacher request: remove homework questions

Being a teacher, I have detected a student(s) massively outsourcing his(their) homework to several Stack Exchange sites. School The Yandex School of Data Analysis is spread over five Russian cities, ...
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Homework questions to be edited before flagged [duplicate]

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 ...
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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 quickly - ...
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How should “gimme-code” questions be flagged? [closed]

The main question in question is: Homework Question But this certainly isn't the first "gimme-code"/do-my-homework-for-me question (and likely won't be the last). How should these be flagged? ...
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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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Is it okay to ask multiple homework questions

Very very possible this question is duplicate with this question: Is it okay to ask many questions? The question is almost fit with my condition, but I'm still hesitating. I know this question is ...
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Homework Question Flag

Can we have a "flag as homework question" button where we can effectively put a question on hold for X days in the even that we see a question that is blatantly a homework/assignment question and the ...
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Teachers/Graders: How do you handle students asking homework questions on SO

I was a TA for an undergraduate programming course and I've been considering doing it again. Since I'm sure some of my students would be requesting solutions to their homework here, I've been thinking ...
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Can we cut back on the “Is This Homework?” berating? [closed]

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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How to deal with “debug my homework” questions? [closed]

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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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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How to tag question that ask us to find a bug? [closed]

For example, Javascript auto calculating with (+) and (-) I tagged it with findbugs (I know what findbugs is, but I could not find anything better). I think it deserves to have its own category -- ...
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Definitive answer regarding retagging homework questions

In reading some of the previous questions, I did not have a clear understanding regarding the official SO stance regarding other people adding [homework] to questions which are manifestly homework. ...
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Downvoting “too useful” answers to homework questions

I gave a short, but helpful answer to a homework question here. Then a user down-voted with the reason "Perfect answer for a non-homework question. But it's a homework question, so -1." I don't care ...
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Conspicuous homework tag

homework is probably the only tag on SO that comes with its own guidelines on how to answer questions it's applied to. As such, wouldn't it make sense to style the tag in a manner that grabs the ...
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What respect should we give to arbitrary restrictions in homework questions?

A recurring pattern in homework questions is something like this: OP -- I need to do X. Answer -- Then you should use Y. OP -- I'm not allowed to use Y. Here's one example. and another. On the one ...
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Etiquette on retagging questions as homework

This question brought up the issue of whether it is appropriate to retag someone else's question as homework. While I believe that it's the community's responsibility as much as the OPs to make sure ...
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Is it wrong to ask homework questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Homework on StackOverflow I've seen a bunch of complaints about homework and whether or not it's cheating to ask for answers online. I understand the general idea that not ...
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Why are people calling this homework question “offensive”?

Maybe it's due to my bad English, but I don't understand why some questions on SOF are considered to be offensive. For example: there was one guy who had a "homework" question. And a few seconds ...
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Is this Homework or this is homework or this sounds like homework [closed]

I m tired of people harassing me with "Is this Homework or this is homework or this sounds like homework" I m a phd student and I want to ask questions that i m really curious about. I do have finals ...
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Add Stack Overflow's “homework” policy to the faq (next to about and logout at top of site)

We've had a lot of discussion on SO's homework policy: here and here. So why don't we add this to faq? A link at the very least would be nice.
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Is it acceptable to post deliberately wrong or misleading answers to 'homework' questions?

This question is similar to several others that have cropped up on ServerFault over time, which appear to paste verbatim basic networking questions from certification or university courses. Some ...
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Answer homework questions literally or best practice

This question sparked a short debate about whether it's best to answer homework questions in terms of best practice, or if it's better to answer literally. In this case, the practice of subclassing ...
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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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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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homework tag reapplied [closed]

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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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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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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Homework revisited [duplicate]

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? [closed]

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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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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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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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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Proposal for new close reason: “no prior research/work”

This is a proposal to add the following new close reason. no prior research/work The question refers to a complex problem where the asker has shown no evidence of prior research or work. ...
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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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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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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 ...