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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 ...


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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 ...


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I'm not sure that anything special is needed. If the question is not a good fit for our site, vote to close. Optionally, leave a comment with guidance on how the question can be improved (or up vote an existing comment, if one exists). Also, you can consider down voting the question. If the question is already closed and the author shows no signs of ...


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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.


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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 ...


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The quality score on that post is 75 out of a possible 100. The threshold for sending it straight into review is 70. Yeah, that's pretty useless. We're working on a better one, based on some analysis of the available data. It ain't perfect either, but it would've flagged that one right out of the gate. The new system isn't quite ready to go live yet ...


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Is there really anything we can do? You said it yourself: the mentality of these users is "don't care how they react; go looking for the one guy that will actually do your homework for you (some people will)". Somebody like that isn't going to obey any new rules. They aren't going to care about this discussion we're having right now. They aren't going to ...


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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 ...


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I took care of it. I got distracted and forgot to finish dealing with the question.


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I think it is a non issue. If the person was going to put that much trouble into an algorithm to work around StackExchange community enforced quality protections then surely they can figure out the simple algorithm to do their homework. Homework answers are generally such that they don't require much intelligence expertise or experience to determine, they ...


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I think there needs to be a flag for questions which have not been researched or could be found anywhere on the internet. Promoting questions which have answers which could be found in a matter of minutes on a search engine ought to be frowned upon. Recently I have been observing questions on Programmers and Stackoverflow regarding interview questions. A ...


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This really doesn't fit into the scope of this site and the audience and content we are trying to keep here. If you would like to propose a Homework StackExchange site you can check out our Area 51 StackExchange site where users can submit proposals for new StackExchange sites. If you garner enough interest from the community there to your proposal then it ...


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There's little to disagree with in there but there are a few points maybe worth mentioning. For some people getting better marks and a degree by whatever means it takes is more important than anything else. This view is often ingrained in the education system of a country, or is something kids grow up with at home. Either way, there's nothing you or I could ...


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Homework and projects can count for a large part of a grade, but there should be some sort of exam (maybe that is proctored) that has enough complexity to it and a time limit that makes SO not practical. A large code quality discrepancy between the tests and other tasks should be a red flag for cheating. All questions should indicate some effort by the OP ...


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This isn't a complete answer, but I'd like to point out that the question could reasonably be edited to say: 9 Hope your question gets deleted before your instructor finds it. What you don't want is someone who "answers" with some useless guidance that doesn't contain the actual answer, so you still have to do the assignment plus your instructor may find ...


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This letter is missing something. Software engineers enjoy solving problems and building things with computers. If a typical homework problem seems like a boring drudge, or 'too hard' for you, you're going to hate working as a software engineer. Software engineers need to learn new things all the time. Every day can be like a homework question for ...


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For a couple of reasons (discussed in this post at MSO) rate limit for new users asking questions is now set to 40 minutes at Stack Overflow, Programmers and network wide. More precisely, The new-user ask limit is now one question every 40 minutes, network-wide. That means only 1 question every 40 minutes on Stack Overflow, but also means you'd need to ...


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Seeing as there's been a glut of 1-rep users asking some truly obvious test questions today for some reason, I'd like to offer a new solution: Add phrasing "including exam/test/homework questions" to the close option for "assistance in writing or debugging existing code". I think some people don't vote to close as they're a little unsure/not confident ...


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A minor addendum, but I think worth adding separately: the thoughts outlined in the question are correct, but here: So, you've exhausted the resources. You've tried asking your instructor. The instructor is very much not the first first resource to use. Given the fact that this open letter is shown to many newbies on various communities, it should be ...


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