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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Please add “homework” to the one-click comment flagging list [closed]

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 ...
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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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The Effects of Removing the Homework Tag [closed]

So, we're removing the homework tag now. This is being done to cut down on the number of comments about homework tagging questions, comments about answering homework questions too completely, and the ...
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Add a Short Message above the Answer Box when the [Homework] Tag is Present

While we as a community not only accept but (I feel) encourage the asking of questions for the purposes of homework, it tends to be a point of contention. Questions which are obviously homework (and ...
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Should users answer homework questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Homework on StackOverflow I've seen a pattern on StackOverflow where people often get very snippy when someone asks what is obviously a homework question. They say, "go do ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What category do we use to close blatant homework questions?

The entire contents of this question is: Write a program that uses predicates to assist a small supermarket owner in keeping track of his/ her stock" Obviously homework by somebody who doesn't have ...
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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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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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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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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 ...