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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Is there a reason people can still tag questions as homework?

Since the homework tag is deprecated, why are users still able to tag questions with it? I'm guessing that you haven't blacklisted the tag which means users can still use/recreate it. In that case my ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 may I help in removing homework tags? [closed]

I have slightly > 500 rep on SO, and would enjoy helping with the homework tag removal. However, I obviously do not have the rep to vote for deletion of poorly worded homework questions. I was ...
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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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What to do when you think a student deleted the question because the answer was too specific?

I'm asking here because if this becomes a trend I'd like to know what I should do in the future. I don't have proof, but I suspect the user wanted a direct solution but didn't want their prof to be ...
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Lower the flag barrier for “homework” comments [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Please add “homework” to the one-click comment flagging list If the phrase "accept rate" (or similar1) is in a comment it takes 1 comment flag to auto-delete the comment. Now ...
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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 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 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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With the Homework Tag removal, how do we help new users ask better questions?

The recent movement to remove homework tags from questions, has made me wonder about the best way to deal with homework questions that will inevitably still show up on the site. My question is, as a ...
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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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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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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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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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What to do after finding out that a question was homework?

I recently answered a question here: bubble sort a character array in alphabetic order in c I felt that due to the nature of the code, the best way to help the OP learn would be to provide him with ...
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Should the homework tag be removed on other sites too?

Programmers and then SO have (somewhat) recently banned the homework tag. However, I noticed that it still exists on many other SE sites, notably Math, Physics and Chemistry. Should the tag be ...
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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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'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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Distinguishing real questions from homework

This is doubtless an FAQ, but I've not found the answer. I've been spending some time on Stack Overflow, trying to pay forward some help on several knotty questions to which I've found solutions here....
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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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“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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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 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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Are school project questions homework?

I was tempted to tag this post on collision detection as homework, but I'm not sure if it qualifies. To summarize: As a school project i have taken up making an angry birds clone in matlab. After ...
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Was I wrong in my approach to this question?

Since this was a homework question I was trying to get the the poster to understand their problem. Rather than just answering it. Maybe that's wrong on SO but I thought it was a good approach. Do ...
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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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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. ...