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Temporary Suspension of the Homework Close Reason (concluded)

And now I think, it is quite apparent that we need a close reason for zero-effort questions to simply save out time, because the absolute majority of questions that were previoulsy closed as homework ...
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Let's decide on what we should close as homework

The Problem As I See It I would argue that the underlying reason for the dynamics on the site leading to this question, as well as more than one other recent meta question (here and here too), is: ...
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Why was homework badge deprecated?

The homework policy and the associated tag is something we have discussed previously at length, so I will refer you to Do we really need [homework]? [Part 3] - this is where we decided that the tag ...
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Let's not close questions as homework except for blatantly obvious cases (at least for a while)

Pre-experiment stats up to 2016/08/31 16:00 UTC. Post-experiment stats up to 2016/10/01 16:00 UTC. Total question statistics $$\begin{array}{|c|c|c|} \hline & \textbf{Pre-experiment} & \...
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Think we should now be kinder towards "Homework Questions"

Making the home work policy known This should really already be the case. Anecdotally I think that we are doing this quite well, but if there are cases where it isn't being done, please do do it. ...
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Policy on AMIRITE questions

I might as well get things started, to prove that others care too, you know... My opinion can be summed up with a single image. This is not going to be a well-reasoned or well-organized argument, but ...
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Let's decide on what we should close as homework

My stand on those raised points: These are questions we should decide the ultimate fate of: Easily Google-able questions Why does oil float in water? Questions of this kind ...
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Temporary Suspension of the Homework Close Reason (concluded)

PSA: Please do not flag homework questions for moderator attention... ...because we will not closehammer them. We would really like to move away from the current homework close reason, this ...
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Do we really need [homework]? [Part 3]

I would like to see it gone. There was a time, where we were still struggling with the scope of the site and where the community was small and where we were not sure in which way we would like to ...
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Temporary Suspension of the Homework Close Reason (concluded)

In conclusion ... Although Wildcat basically already said it, I would like to add a few thoughts and numbers. I have to admit that this illdesigned, untargeted "experiment" did not turn out ...
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Should we completely ban all homework questions?

"People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" springs to mind. Most homework questions I see fall into one of two categories: the first category is questions like the photo in your ...
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Do we really need [homework]? [Part 3]

We should let it die after a rewrite of the homework policy As is, I think the biggest problem with deleting homework is our mediocre homework policy that somehow asks for some kind of a bookkeeping ...
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Homework questions which asks for alternate solution

The current Homework Policy only requires that you show some effort in solving the problem. The reason such obligations are deemed necessary is that 'requiring effort' is one of the best ways to ...
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Policy on AMIRITE questions

TL;DR Close under HW policy So, my stance is in the comment section. My first thought is: close the question, but in the spirit of friendliness, we can still leave a comment saying "yes, you're ...
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Suggesting a chemistry homework site

The Stack Exchange way to propose new sites is to head over to Area 51 and start a proposal there. It will have to make its way through three phases: Definition, commitment and private beta before it ...
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Let's talk about effort, shall we?

My own opinion is broadly the same - I think that "effort" is a poor criterion for judging question quality. I have discussed this before. In my opinion, the most important bit is this: In one of ...
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Let's talk about effort, shall we?

This very much isn’t a fully thought out answer, but it was a lot longer than I could fit into a comment. Just my two english cent. . . Effort as a metric for closure Broadly speaking, I agree ...
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Policy on AMIRITE questions

Turn them into canonical questions, close as duplicates. I personally am not a big fan of these kinds of questions, as they basically already violate our homework policy, which clearly states that a ...
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Let low rep users answer homework questions?

I upvoted the question because it is a good question. However, I do not agree with the suggested proposal. Stack Exchange’s policy is to attract high-quality questions by delivering high-quality ...
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How to handle users giving away answers to homework questions

When I read your post's title, I thought you were talking about answers. Well, comments aren't a big deal. What to do when I see a comment that potentially answers a question that should've been ...
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The Homework Close Reason: Another example of over-zealous closure, and a proposal to scale back its scope

I have previously been vocal about my dissatisfaction with the close reason and it is no secret that I want to rework it completely. As a matter of fact, I'd like to even toss in the idea of ...
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Let's talk about effort, shall we?

If we would like to move away from the "effort" angle, then the tooltip that pops up when hovering over a downvote button should be changed.
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How much more effort would you have wanted?

While I did not close this question, I downvoted it, and the reason is quite obvious: revisions 1 and 2 in the revision history are not very good. (I have since retracted the downvote.) The title is ...
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Are we a bit overzealous with closing questions as homework?

I think part of the issue is that the "Homework" close is being double-dipped as a "this question is too basic" close reason. (For the rest of this discussion, I exclude the obvious copy-and-pasted-...
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Let low rep users answer homework questions?

Please note that I took the liberty to downvote your question, because I think that the implementation of the 500 rep suggestion isn't worth the result everybody should have the right to answer ...
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Is it a bad idea to have an edit only be the addition of the homework tag?

Is it a bad idea to have an edit only be the addition of the homework tag? Is this too minor of an edit? No! Having the correct tags under a question is vital.[1] Tags are useful. For high-...
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Feedback on The Experiment

My analysis of the stats Nothing has really changed at all during the experiment. My interpretation of the above Most HW closures are done "correctly", i.e. for blatant homework dumps. I looked ...
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Why is a well researched chemistry question discredited as homework and closed?

You missed an important point, which is why your calculation led you to ask the question. Note the first comment you received: Make sure to account for whether H2O is liquid or gas This describes ...
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What *is* a 'homework question'?

After being awfully quiet about this for a long time, I think it's time to give this another push. What is a 'homework question'? I don't know. And I don't want to know. I really think it is the ...
Martin - マーチン's user avatar
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Gaps to Fill Without a 'Homework' Close Reason -- Overview

Here's my perspective on tweaking the policy. I've tried to work it from the very fundamentals, rather than carry-forward the three categories you defined. To be honest, the current homework close ...
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