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We shouldn't answer homework question directly, should we?

Taking the question as example, where someone solved the problem for the author whereas mine was related to hint (cause there's some steps left to think/solve). But -1 on my answer is for what? ...
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Why don't we allow check-my-work questions?

John Rennie's answer in the meta thread currently has ~3x the upvotes of ACuriousMind's accepted answer. This seems to indicate we should allow check-my-work questions. Why do we still consider these ...
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I am not a student and my questions are not "homework". I am a hobbyist. Do I need to tag these as homework questions?

I solve physics problems from a textbook that I enjoy. However, I am not a student and my questions are not "homework". I am a hobbyist. Do I need to tag these as homework questions? (I was ...
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Why was this question closed as a homework-like question?

I consider the question in this post to be a conceptual question. This is because OP didn't understand which time interval to calculate - the question wasn't about the calculation itself. ...
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Has it become time to change the homework policy?

I believe at this point the strict homework policy is reducing the ability of the site to grow. The initial idea of banning homework so that people don't use this site as course help has been long ...
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Why was this answer deleted?

My answer to a question was deleted under homework policy. The question didn't seem like homework. It was a genuine doubt why the user was getting a wildly different answer than the solution.
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Closed question of a problem with shown attempt...please help me!

Sorry, I have done a question here where I have presented a problem that I have solved. I know that usually the questions are closed without any suggestions or help by the user if a problem is ...
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How could this question have been asked to avoid closure under the "homework-like question" policy?

I'm confused as to why the question Falling to Earth from orbit was closed as a "homework-like" question. I don't know whether the OP found our advice about asking homework(-like) questions ...
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Should Physics enable a "triage" review queue for homework-like questions?

One of the differences between Physics.SE and Stack Overflow is that SO has at least one review queue which we don't have: Triage. From the 2014 announcement comes this description: We've been ...
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Can we reopen this mechanics question?

I saw this question yesterday. OP found a way to solve it using conservation of energy, and wants to investigate how the acceleration can be calculated using forces and torques. OP also posted their ...
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Where should a user ask home-and-exercises questions? [duplicate]

Post Closed as "Not suitable for this site" by Brick, Bob D, John Rennie, BioPhysicist, Jon Custer The above message is shown for homework-and-exercises. The message is saying that "...
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Has the PSE philosophy about homework-style exercises and check-my-work problems changed since 2012?

The Community recycling algorithm recently brought this homework-style question asked in 2012 to the Top Questions list. It's interesting to me that It's clearly an elementary homework-style problem ...
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Getting a better understanding of how and why off-topic homework-like questions get answered before they can be closed

Background This is a follow-up to What happened with the experiment to lower the vote-to-close threshold?. (See that thread, and the initial proposal here, for background.) The experiment is currently ...
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Why are there few answers on homework-and-exercise questions?

I actually asked a question with the homework-and-exercises tag. Then, I was searching some question with the tag. I had visited 50 pages. Most of the questions don't have answers. And, most of the ...
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Why has my question about the Einstein field equation been closed? [duplicate]

I would not have wanted to write this. In fact, I am so sorry of the fact that many times some questions are not considered as they are too stupid. My question Scalar curvature is $0$ for ...
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Textbook questions

There seems to be quite a lot of questions that demand for textbook answers. These are technically not homework questions - i.e., they are not asking for solutions to problems - but grounded in not ...
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How to Answer homework-like questions?

Is it a bad way to hint at the solution and, ask them to do what they understood and edit the original question to include their steps, and then they follow it up pointing out the mistakes and ...
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Bounty on "entrance exam" question

On the question Why is the center of a torch beam visible even through an opaque body like my finger?, the OP started a bounty stating I really need this material to answer my entrance examination ...
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Someone other than the OP adding "homework-and-exercises' tag to a question, and then the question gets closed as a homework-type-question?

On this question by Kashmiri, here, it was originally posted without the "homework-and-exercises" tag. And if you look at the question itself, nothing about it seems homework-type. Later the ...
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The $F=ma$ competition was February 18th, 2021

The $F=ma$ competition is the largest physics competition in the United States, and took place online the afternoon after this Meta question first appeared. It is a multiple choice exam with tricky ...
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Why was this circuits question closed?

See: Find the Thevenin's Voltage The question asker seems a little forward, but there is a deeper question he asks if you read his entire submission, an answer to which would be very typical of SE....
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What constitutes a 'near complete' solution?

My answer (posted below) was deleted from the following question: Calculating mass of unknown object using center of mass. The deleter's comment read, "I'm deleting this in accordance with our ...
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Deleting answers due to the Homework policy is not beneficial

The homework policy doesn't seems like a counter-productive policy on Stack Exchange. I understand Stack Exchange policing their questions, but policing removing answers to "homework like ...
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Reward closed question

I was thinking on add a reward to this question (not asked by me): Two blocks are placed side by side on a surface (friction is present). What is the frictional force distribution between two blocks? ...
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The homework close reason contradicts itself

The first two sentences of the Homework close reason are: Homework-like questions and check-my-work questions are considered off-topic here, particularly when asking about specific computations ...
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Is "check-my-work" defined to be off-topic in the site's help? (Should it be?)

On a recent question, there was some discussion in the comments about "homework-like" and "check-my-work". With regard to the latter, the OP pointed out that "check-my-work&...
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Is this an homework or check-my-work type question?

I recently asked this question on Physics Stack Exchange. I wanted to know if this is an homework or check my work type question?
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Is "here a problem and my solution with my reasoning for each step, where has my reasoning gone wrong?" question considered off-topic? [duplicate]

I specifically used the formulation in the title from here, the only place I found to deal with this. But I do not know, what to take from it. To elaborate: This question arose from comments on this ...
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Are questions unlikely to be useful to others permitted?

I came to Math and Physics Stack Exchange with a "forum mindset" (partly inherited from Stack Overflow and partly from other math/physics fora), where any problem is welcome, excepting ...
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Why was my question about the Devil's problem deemed a homework question?

My recent question was manually removed from Hot Network Questions and later closed as a homework question, but it eludes me why. According to the FAQ on homework questions, the definition of ...
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Why was this answer deleted as a "complete answer to a homework question"?

I have posted this answer to this question, and it was deleted as a "complete answer". I don't think can be counted as a complete answer, as I left out all the mathematical details to the OP....
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Bountied homework-like question about QED

Today I noticed this bountied question, which is currently a week old. In my opinion, it’s a homework-like question about QED. But no one has yet voted to close it as homework-like, nor has it been ...
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Easing our policy for some topics

At Physics StackExchange, we discuss almost all types of physics topics. Some get more attention and some get less, but it depends upon various things, including our site policy. Our policy has been ...
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Strict(er) adherence to homework guidelines?

Less a question and more of a heads-up. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, most higher education institutions (that I know of) are moving to online examination. Many of these examinations count towards ...
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Answer deleted for being full answer

Trying to figure out the potential energy of a hanging rope It is said that my answer was temporarily deleted. Now, I put a lot of effort into writing the answer and I'd like it restored, how should ...
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How is this a homework problem?

Homework problem ?? How is the problem in the above link a homework problem? Really? In which part of this world has a high school student ever received this kind of problem in "homework"? This is an ...
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Squelched on meta - Homework policies

I need to understand the actual stance of this place on homework type questions. The actual practice as I have recently seen on the Physics site seems unacceptable to me. A homework tagged question ...
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If a question is not closed for being an off topic homework question, does this mean it shouldn't be considered to be a homework question at all?

Recently, I flagged some posts as "a solution to homework" on the question Net Force of Equal and Opposite Gravitational Forces Don't Equal Zero?. Knowing which posts were flagged is irrelevant for ...
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Is there any way to retract my suggested edit?

I often suggest tag edits in which I add the homework-and-exercises tag to homework like questions. In some cases, these questions are closed as off topic even before my edit is reviewed. So, in that ...
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Regarding asking a question [duplicate]

Actually when I was a new user to the site, I posted the homework-type questions. But as the time passes I learn, and understand how to ask a good question, as I learn a lot from the site. But now ...
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Why was my recent answer deleted, and was it really an appropriate action?

I recently asked and answered a question on the main site: What are the Energy eigenstates for a modified quantum harmonic oscillator? First of all, this question ended up being re-tagged as homework,...
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Should we re-word the homework-like close reason to better match how we actually deal with homework-like questions?

After an extended debate that lasted several years, our community seems to have settled into a pretty consistent treatment of homework-like questions. When such a question is closed, a banner appears ...
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Why is this question not considered an off-topic homework problem?

This question currently has a bounty on it and is receiving a lot of attention. But to me it looks like a question that is normally closed for being off-topic. The question reads like a homework ...
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Are we going to enforce the prior research aspect of good questions or not?

A question was asked about resistance and voltage today which struck me as off-topic because of no apparent research. Also, there was no conceptual discussion which indicated a difficulty about ...
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Question was closed as homework

I am wondering why this question was closed as homework.As OP said ,It was from an exam ,but I think it was not a homework type question.
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Are partial answers to homework questions allowed?

I gave a partial answer to a homework questions here (now deleted; screenshots: question, answer) and was firmly told in comments that even partial answers to homework questions are not allowed. Is ...
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The role of good mechanics problems

Today I saw that this question Applying energy and momentum conservation to the problem of pulling a bent carpet at a constant speed about pulling a bent carpet was closed for being a homework ...
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I am not able to understand what should I do on this question to avoid it from being downvoted?

Please help me understanding about How I should improve my questions like this- How does torque operate? What will be going on with disc? from being downvoted? I think I have given the specific ...
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What are good examples of narrowing a homework question down to a conceptual question?

It is obvious that Physics SE community aren't here to solve specific physics problems. Homework policy, however, states that a question can be narrowed down to a conceptual question. To reinforce ...
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What does conceptual mean?

I've told to come here by another user after my question was put on hold a few days ago for being "off-topic". What does "conceptual" mean? It's a word I see floating around a lot on this site and it'...
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