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On multiple occasions while browsing through the close votes queue, I've come across "do my homework for me!!!" questions that have a scanned image from a textbook where the the image is sideways. These are much worse than are the typical "do my homework for me, please" kinds of questions. At least they said "please". Many of them have even have done a bit of work, but then got lost.

I'm not ranting about those questions. I'm ranting about the questions with sideways images. IMHO, a very special category is needed for people who post a sideways image scanned from a textbook and haven't shown a spot of work. Humiliation would be a good start.

Just saying.

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    $\begingroup$ True story: before I was a moderator, I voted to close a question because it contained too many capital letters, with a link to the crackpot index. That comment got deleted, which was probably a good thing. As a moderator, I think that humiliation is a poor community-management strategy. $\endgroup$ – rob Jan 29 '17 at 18:33
  • $\begingroup$ "Image is sideways" as a reason to close is humiliation, but it also tells the questioner what to do. $\endgroup$ – David Hammen Jan 29 '17 at 19:12
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    $\begingroup$ Since nobody has said it yet: humiliation is never appropriate on this site. If you think the OP is being egregiously lazy, then vote to close, downvote, and move on. The only one that loses if you get angry is your liver. $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Jan 29 '17 at 22:56
  • $\begingroup$ @EmilioPisanty : while I agree humiliation may not be appropriate, instilling some patience might be more constructive: how about an automatic pause of - say - 24 or 48 hours, during which such solve-this-problem-for-me questions can be upvoted or downvoted but not answered? This would eliminate "urgent" questions without removing the service of clarifying misinterpreted aspects of basic physics. $\endgroup$ – ZeroTheHero Jan 31 '17 at 0:11
  • $\begingroup$ @ZeroTheHero I'm pretty sure that something similar has been proposed before as well. $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Jan 31 '17 at 1:00
  • $\begingroup$ @KyleKanos I can see it gets annoying on a recurring basis. You elders would know better how to best angle this. $\endgroup$ – ZeroTheHero Jan 31 '17 at 1:06
  • $\begingroup$ @ZeroTheHero: Lol, elders. Your profile says you've been here 3 months less than me ;) For reference, here's the meta post I was talking about. $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Jan 31 '17 at 1:10
  • $\begingroup$ @KyleKanos : I arrived here perchance years ago after I was told students had posted an assignment from my course on this site. Clearly they had not found the question anywhere online (I make my own). As a result I have a particular bias against the "please-help-me-urgently-solve-this-problem" types of questions. $\endgroup$ – ZeroTheHero Jan 31 '17 at 1:20
  • $\begingroup$ @KyleKanos You are still elders in terms of rep. :) $\endgroup$ – ZeroTheHero Jan 31 '17 at 1:23
  • $\begingroup$ @ZeroTheHero that feature already exists: its called putting on hold. As I said: vote to close, downvote if appropriate, and move on. $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Jan 31 '17 at 7:56
  • $\begingroup$ @EmilioPisanty Is that enough to deter physics.stackexchange.com/q/308833/36194 (which I did NOT make up just to illustrate the point)? I will defer to you and others: you are doing more for this site than I ever will. $\endgroup$ – ZeroTheHero Jan 31 '17 at 13:44
  • $\begingroup$ well I guess the specific post I linked to was just taken down so that voids the first part of my comment (but not the second :) ) $\endgroup$ – ZeroTheHero Jan 31 '17 at 13:46
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    $\begingroup$ @ZeroTheHero I'm fairly OK with the speed at which this site is closing do-my-work-for-me at present, though there are a few of those that get answers when they shouldn't. If you want to help avoid that, then flag to close as soon as you see them, if 3k+ vote to close, and man the review queues, and bring them up in chat if they're particularly bad. To be honest, right now I'm more bothered by on-topic but mundane and boring start-of-term questions, but it's often pretty mean to downvote those. $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Jan 31 '17 at 14:45
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No, we shouldn't close questions simply because they are images of a textbook/web page/something else.1 Instead you should either (a) transcribe it (assuming it's legible & you have the time) or (b) leave a comment that such a question (i.e., image of textbook/web page/something) is not usually well-received and leave a link to the MathJax tutorial.


I have found that these types of questions are often lazy "do my homework for me" type questions that do deserve closure, but it's because of that aspect and not the sideways image.

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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, I pretty much agree with this. I'd also probably downvote the question. (Keeping in mind that downvotes can be reversed after the post is edited.) $\endgroup$ – David Z Jan 29 '17 at 22:30

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