I agree with this open letter. I guess it's more directed at the people potentially answering this kind of thoughtless questions, because the people asking them -- more often than not Help Vampires -- will never read meta, or the FAQ, or try to understand the issues involved. So I guess it could be rephrased to say: "potential answerers, don't encourage ...
An Open Response
Does this belong on P.SE meta?
If so, should we expect and accept similar posts from other users?
Chances are, the students who paste homework don't read P.SE meta.
Your evidence in anecdotal. I could offer a story of how my education was saved by scooping the answer to a stubborn problem from the interwebs, which gave me time to focus on ...
As a rule of thumb, questions are on topic if they are answerable by expert programmers, as opposed to expert lawyers.
Additionally, here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine if your question is on topic or not:
Is the question about the spirit of the license, or the detailed terms of the license?
Programmers can easily understand things ...
As has been previously pointed out, this issue has already been discussed at length, with a resulting consensus that there are two categories of "naming things" questions that might actually be on-topic:
What is the name of this well-known concept?
Questions about "principles of naming things."
There is, however, one remaining category of questions which I ...
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I think if a student is so lazy that they ask homework questions on this site, they are definitely too lazy to read this long open letter. Plus, this sort of thing should be directed at the people who answer homework problems. If people would simply refuse to answer obvious homework problems, the incentive to ask them will be removed.
Adapted from Cryptography meta, originally posted by Ninefingers
Rationale: why do we close questions?
There are really two ways to do moderation. If you've been on any of the .moderated newsgroups you'll be well aware that to get a post on there, it needs to undergo a review process first and be accepted. The aim is to keep problem discussions from ...
When every answer to a question is potentially equally correct - and there could conceivably be quite a few answers, there's a pretty good chance that you've started a discussion instead of asking a question (or a question that kicks off a discussion or debate). That's not always true, but it's a good way to tell when you're venturing into the land of off-...
(special edition for folks coming from Math.SE, reposted from Math meta)
Hint: Software Engineering Stack Exchange doesn't do coding help and expect research before asking
Sometimes, we at Software Engineering get a stream of troublesome questions from folks with linked accounts at Math.SE. One of them was kind enough to explain why they get there:
I agree that cheating is the worst thing a student can do; Not because it is dirty or manipulative, but because it causes significant harm to the student and the student along.
However, even some the most intelligent people in the worlds history (Einstein and Edison for example) have/had problems understanding even simple problems if they were not described ...
SO and this community has gained a reputation that many of users do dream of following the trend. We see Jon Skeet and many many other.
I completely agree that asking for solutions against homework is not good. But if the user tried something, did researched on the topic and is stuck with it, that makes the question valid.
Asking good question and getting ...
Adapted from meta.wordpress.stackexchange.
I Move to Close This Question
How and why closing was introduced on Stack Overflow in 2008.
It’s important to note here that closing a question is a step on the road to deletion. Closing is effectively “nominate to delete”, as a question that can’t be answered is no longer truly “...