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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More aggressively punishing questions that are blatant cheating?

I've noticed that a lot of the questions on SO recently are students blatantly asking for the community to do their homework for them. I'm not talking about legitimate questions like "I've been ...
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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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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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Is answering homework question considered cheating? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Is [homework] an exception? How to ask and answer homework questions? It's bothering me if someone was asked to do report or has a homework question and asks for help here ...
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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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Flag for inappropriate homework answers? [closed]

Has a flag been considered for a homework answer that gives the student too much information? Obviously "too much information" is subjective, but I think there is a difference between (1) putting ...
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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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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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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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Homework questions being closed as “not a real question” - is the description accurate?

There's lots of discussion on closing homework questions showing no effort on the part of the OP. I agree with that, but I find the description "It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This ...
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What percentage of questions asked here are people doing their homework?

I've long been out of college, never cheated, but knew plenty of students who cared nothing about learning and would cheat anytime they could. I can't help but think that a large percentage of ...
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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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Anti-plagiarism feature/API

Given that the better SO does its job the better a resource it is for cheating on homework, should it have an API for teachers/instructors/professors to use to detect it? I'm thinking of something ...
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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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Strategies for handling recurring homework questions

Every now and again, you get a homework question that recurs. The question itself varies, but it's the same poster and the same code snippets and there really doesn't seem to be any progress being ...
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Why is asking homeworkish questions a bad thing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Homework on StackOverflow On SO, people sometimes treat questions differently because they are homeworkish. However, SO is a place to learn. Thus, whether questions are ...
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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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'What's wrong with this code…' kind of questions - are they really useful? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should we close ‘fix my program’ questions I find there are lots of questions on SO of the form 'Here is this piece of code and it's not working. Can you tell me ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Why are all the homework questions being closed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the policy here on homework? Why do Stack Overflow users close questions? Shouldn't we be encouraging homework questions, and encouraging users to ask homework ...
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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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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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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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A Little Homework on Homework [closed]

A recent "Do my homework for me" question on SO got me thinking: are there sites out there where people are recommending SO as a place where you can get other people to do your work for you? A bit of ...
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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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Has SO become Cliffs Notes/Do My homework site for CS students [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to ask and answer homework questions? I started to answer a question, then stopped because it looks like a homework assignment. What is the proper etiquette/response? ...
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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 ...