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Adding a community specific close message for homework

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 ...
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Adding a flag for homework problems

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 ...
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How can I help? Novice in Electrical

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 ...
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Homework questions, and the Tour guidance

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 ...
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Closing Homework with no attempt as Off-Topic

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-...
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Adding a flag for homework problems

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 ...
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Similar questions on same topic, mark as duplicate?

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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What is the Etiquette for Solution Verification of Homework?

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 ...
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Homework questions, and the Tour guidance

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". ...
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How do we stop the upvoting of incomplete questions and unattempted homework?

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 ...
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Adding a community specific close message for homework

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 ...
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How can I help? Novice in Electrical

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 ...
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Closing Homework with no attempt as Off-Topic

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 '...
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What is the Etiquette for Solution Verification of Homework?

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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Are we keeping the right kind of homework questions on the site?

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 ...
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Homework from Chegg posted in EE.SE...bots?

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 ...
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Closing Homework with no attempt as Off-Topic

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 ...
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Are we keeping the right kind of homework questions on the site?

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 ...
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Adding a community specific close message for homework

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 ...
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Homework questions, and the Tour guidance

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?&...
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How do we stop the upvoting of incomplete questions and unattempted homework?

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 ...
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What does the community think about homework answers?

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 ...
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What does the community think about homework answers?

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 ...
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What does the community think about homework answers?

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, ...
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Homework answers on demand

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. ...
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Adding a community specific close message for homework

Right now y'all are using the three slots allowed for a site by default - it's not a matter of them being stuck, that's just the default for everyone. We can expand the slots to four or five - five is ...
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Closing Homework with no attempt as Off-Topic

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 ...
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Closing Homework with no attempt as Off-Topic

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 ...
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Homework questions, and the Tour guidance

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 ...
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Homework from Chegg posted in EE.SE...bots?

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 ...
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