Not yet another question on "level" but on "relevance"

Should we allow specific homework questions like e.g.

Homework about spinning top

I lost a factor of two in the electromagnetic field tensor

or close them as "Too Localized"?

Note: there are clearly other homework questions with a larger general value, like e.g.

Mechanics around a rail tank wagon

These should be kept as discussed here.


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I favor "Too localized" for most basic homework.

Mind you, I will usually provide some hints, because I like to see people make some headway, but these "questions" suffer in at least two ways

  • If we allow them we become a "homework help site" and the discourse here will be dominated by them
  • They rarely address things at the level of principles rather than the raw mechanics of churning through a problem
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    $\begingroup$ The idea is to have something similar to "plzsendtehcodez" on SO $\endgroup$
    – Sklivvz
    Apr 5, 2011 at 17:36
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    $\begingroup$ be sure to leave a comment on such questions to educate the owner and the broader community on these issues $\endgroup$ Apr 8, 2011 at 1:53

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