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YES, please. DSP.SE has such a close reason: This question appears to be homework. Complete answers to homework are off-topic, but specific questions about homework are acceptable if they include enough detail. Please edit the question to include more background about what you don't understand. (emphasis theirs!) And honestly, it's the best thing since ...


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I don't think Homework is off-topic. "Gimme the answer" is off topic, but a well-reasoned question, showing real effort in advance and reference to where the student is stuck is very welcome. The response should not be "here's the answer", but a socratic shove in the right direction that encourages them to learn the concepts involved. The right way ...


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You are not a novice user. You have been around for nearly two years. On every StackExchange site on which you've posted questions, you have been told patiently how to improve them, and how to contribute more meaningfully. You simply have not listened to any of the feedback you've been given. Earning reputation should not be the end-goal of being on these ...


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We are working on updating the process for homework questions, specifically adding a "homework without an attempt" closure reason. You are right that we need to get some guidance into the Help Center too, so that our stance on such questions isn't a surprise. I know that some other SE sites already have a similar stance on "homework without an ...


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Simply put, it's not off-topic. I'll admit this is a bit of semantics, but changing the effort put into the question does not change the topic. Considering that homework questions are explicitly on-topic, this should not be a reasonable close reason. Personally, I like the "Too Broad" close reason. Think about what we like to see in homework questions - ...


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Close 'em. They are "homework questions" (whether or not they are actual homework), which is a category that is of dubious long-term value to the site in general.


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My strategy for homework questions. If the O.P. has demonstrated effort for solving the problem and he is genuinely stuck, then homeworkness of the question is not a problem. (There may be other issues, though.) If the O.P. have not demonstrated effort, I post a comment asking "What have you tried so far?" Maybe the O.P. is new to EE.SE and he doesn't know ...


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Well, ideally you would find a way to check your own solutions. That's the best way to develop a good understanding. If you ask "is this solution correct" it will be very hard to give you a good answer that is not just "No." without providing a correct solution. So, asking "is this solution correct" is almost the same as asking &...


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IMO 'serious lack of effort' would be a good addition to the set of reasons why a question should be closed. Somewhat related is 'asking for a full design'. Now such a question is often closed as 'too broad', which is a reasonable match, but that doesn't really state the problem.


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I'd strongly recommend going about making this major time sink less of a major timesink by introducing a specific close reason. This was discussed and agreed upon. This saves you the time to comment and gives the asker a positive way forward. Also, if possible, we'd add the rule very specifically to the help "What can I ask about" and "What ...


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Once upon a time, SO had such a "homework" tag and once explicitly required that someone asking a question had to demonstrate a minimum of knowledge in the topic, such as actually making an attempt to solve the problem themselves. This system was removed by SO the company, in the start of the "quantity over quality" era that begun once ...


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I would like to discourage questions along the lines of "Is my answer right?" if we can. I don't feel that such questions fall within the spirit of "indicate where you are stuck". I am solidly behind any effort to help students understand difficult concepts and learn the craft. I don't think we should be checking their arithmetic or ...


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If you think you've gotten your homework right, turn it in for a grade. If there's something you don't understand about the question, ask about it cogently, showing what you do and do not understand.


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Ethically they need to have an attempt at a solution and ethically we need to require an attempt at a solution. Outside if that not much matters, if it is conceptual, then invite them to write down what the solution to the problem is. There are too many people that come here thinking that they can shave a few minutes off their homework by posting the ...


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I think those are real users with genuine questions. I didn't find any other examples than the ones you gave, and that user even took time to create a circuit in our specific circuit lab. It is highly unlikely that a bot did that. I think it is more likely that a genuine user posted the question both here and on Chegg. The second user you found still ...


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This is getting ridiculous. You have clearly learned nothing from your previous questions here. Attempting to answer this question would be pointless, and just repeating what was previously said anyway. Go read the previous answers: Low quality question tag? My question banned is still active after months? Why is this question still gettng downvoted? Or ...


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For many years, the SE policy has been that we don't care why someone is asking a question, but only about the quality of the question itself. That is, a student asking for help with their homework will receive the same treatment as an electrical engineer looking to verify their design. In either case, they have to demonstrate an insight in the topic and ...


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I love the idea, but the message isn't perfect yet. It's not so much that homework questions need an attempt at a solution, but that there needs to be some indication of where the student is lacking understanding. Otherwise, the question is usually "too general". I often use "too general" to vote to close such questions, but that ...


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This is an ongoing point of discussion/contention/etc. over at Physics SE. We have an off-topic close reason which reads as follows: Homework-like questions should ask about a specific physics concept and show some effort to work through the problem. We want our questions to be useful to the broader community, and to future users. See our meta site for ...


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For everyone raising a new question I'd add a "gate" to getting the question posted on the site. That "gate" would be something like this: - "Is your question about homework?" "Have you fully described where you are stuck?" And, if the poster says "yes" and "no", then the whole question text is ...


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It is unnerving, but there is no way to stop people from upvoting questions, from a moderation perspective. Moderators don't have control over voting, this is up to the community. If you see a bad question, then be sure to downvote. I see many questions that the community hands off to the moderation system when only a downvote would be appropriate. If you ...


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Personally, I don't feel we should encourage users turning up at the door who are only interested in getting their homework completed but, are not interested in learning how to solve problems. If you just blindly deliver a solution then this means you are helping the great unwashed pass their exams and potentially, you actually might be helping them during ...


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As a young apprentice, it used to irritate me or stress me out when I'd left my homework until the last minute and the senior engineers around me wouldn't serve up the answers. Surely they were being obstructive - difficult - delighting my downfall, because I'd done nothing all week then started an hour before the deadline. They always patiently gave the ...


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I don't have a concrete solution but below are some thoughts about possibilities. I think the best course of action is to allow the community to downvote these types of answers. Strictly speaking, users with the appropriate privileges are able to downvote (or even upvote) these types of answers as they wish -- they don't need to be allowed to do so. I ...


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We have decided in the past to allow homework questions with an attempt at a solution. For those that don't: Close the questions, in a nice way. Ask the OP to provide a solution for the question. Unfortunately sometimes the site (moderators and ques) can't respond fast enough to questions being answered. The moderation team can send serial offenders a ...


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If the question is on topic, it should not be closed. If the question is bad, it should be down voted. That's why "Research Effort" was removed as a close reason a year or two ago. Specifically, the tool tip on the down vote arrow says: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful. Heavily down voted questions do not show ...


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Good idea. I just cast the 4th close vote. I'm getting tired of explaining each time why a question needs to be closed. I really don't want to be wasting my time on that, and I don't want to encourage the dweebs to experiment in finding where the line is in closing. More and more I think bad questions should be "Closed, screw you, read the rules" while ...


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I have seen a number of questions that have the format "what is xxx" where xxx is something like "Ohm's Law", "Kirchoff's Law", "Boyle's Law", etc. and that is the entire question. I think it is safe to say that this is something that can be processed by Google quickly and efficiently. In fact, it can be answered ...


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If someone did copy an answer or question from SE that's fine, but (I would think) they need to also provide a source link to the question and provide attribution of the CC license (all material is released on the CC license on SE and the license needs to be followed). I don't think I'd really worry about this too much, unless there is a lot of this activity ...


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It doesn't seem like the close/vote system really adequately can deal with this situation, and the delete queue is next to worthless. Perhaps the most effective workaround would be to flag such posts as spam?? By way of explanation, my understanding (correct me if I'm wrong), is that repeated spam flags lock and hide the posts without moderator intervention, ...


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