This week I've seen several complete solutions posted to homework-like questions.

One author asked if he should delete his answer. I'm inclined to answer yes, he should delete it, but I'm putting the question up here to see what others think.

Ah ... the author deleted it on his own, so I can't link to it. But my question still stands.

  • $\begingroup$ Yes, you should tell him; you should make him aware that we are not HW solving sites and posting a full-solution is what is against our HW policy. So, IMO, do tell him. $\endgroup$
    – user36790
    Apr 2, 2016 at 16:39
  • $\begingroup$ FWIW I deleted that post, although the author was offering to delete it if requested to do so, so I think your point stands. $\endgroup$
    – David Z
    Apr 2, 2016 at 17:17
  • $\begingroup$ I'm inclined to say yes, as I frequently flag such answers for deletion $\endgroup$
    – Kyle Kanos
    Apr 2, 2016 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ @user36790 Thanks. This question is a follow-on to this one that I posted earlier pointing out that guidelines for providing answers (not for asking questions) are hard to find. They are buried in the the guidelines for questions which is not where one might look for guidance on answers. $\endgroup$
    – garyp
    Apr 2, 2016 at 21:09

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I somewhat regularly mod-flag answers that are complete solutions to (no-effort) homework problems & request deletion. This is in line with what is stated in the Homework policy:

If someone posts an answer to a homework-type question that gives away a complete or near-complete solution, in most cases it will be temporarily deleted.

So if an answerer questions whether they should delete their answer for breaking the policy, then I would say that Yes, they should be recommended to self-delete and link them to the relevant policy (q/714 on meta.physics.se) as a reminder as to why the policy is as it is.

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    $\begingroup$ This is a good answer. I only wish that the sentence you highlight were in a post on advice for those providing answers, rather than for those asking questions. Answerers may not think to look in that link, and even if they do, the advice is buried. I know I'm repeating myself, but if there are changes on the horizon, perhaps my squeaky wheel might get some grease. $\endgroup$
    – garyp
    Apr 4, 2016 at 0:46
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    $\begingroup$ @garyp: Hmm, I could see the merit in having a How to answer HW questions post (I've already upvoted your linked Meta post about it too). $\endgroup$
    – Kyle Kanos
    Apr 4, 2016 at 10:25

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