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Why are there still poor homework questions?

I'm clearly not the first to voice concerns regarding homework questions. Most people here know this is not a check-my-work or give-me-the-answer site, and so don't ask poorly-phrased homework ...
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What does this community mean by students?

So the title says all. What is the meaning of a student of Physics as per this community? I ask this because there are students at many levels: 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders, undergraduates, ...
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(How) do we make it explicit that “please check my work”-type questions are off-topic?

This is an outgrowth of the discussion in chat, following this earlier question by Daniel Sank. I think we, as a community, agree (for the most part) that "please check my work"-type questions are ...
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Rules regarding home-work questions

Sometimes there are questions in one's mind which he needs answering but those are just confusion in his own mind not any homework question or any question he read in a book. But to explain the ...
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Thoughts on meta post on homework question handling and basic questions

I spend most of my time on the TeX.SE and venture to other SE sites when looking for help. However, the atmosphere here seems to be going the way of the "old" stackoverflow SE. By old, I mean about ...
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Homework questions, on hold

As a newcomer, I'd like to give you my contribution to improve this wonderful site. In general, homework help is the gold mine of such sites, you do not shows statistics, but the sites that do that ...
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Proposal: putting homework questions on hold - but only for a week

In most cases, a homework has a much shorter time limit. If it is longer, it needs also a lot of work, which won't be done here. I think, if a such question could be answered with a such delay, it ...
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Bite-sizing homework

Well, meta posts about "homework" keep on coming, but we still don't seem to have a solution that sticks, so I'll give it another shot. For what it's worth I think the current system isn't so bad that ...
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Why were these homework questions closed?

Friction influencing the motion of a mass and non-inertial frame of reference Kirchoff's rules and RC circuits It is pretty apparent that in both of these questions, the user was legitimately ...
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Should my question really be on hold?

I posted this question: Where do these formulas for an object being pushed up an incline come from? I think I showed enough effort, I am not asking someone to do my homework, I am not asking someone ...
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What's Worse: Posting a HW Question or Answering a HW Question?

I have very recently started participating in SE, and I have (embarrassingly) answered some the HW questions. After seeing some the meta posts of the more experienced users and mods, I now feel pretty ...
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Why are questions downvoted without an explanation?

It seems like just giving an answer or asking a question someone doesn't like causes you to lose reputation yet the people who downvote are not required to list why they did so. At this point after ...
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About the proposal to ban homework

This question arose out of a time with a lot of discussion on meta about how this site could be improved; it was proposed that we ban homework and this question explored how that would look like and ...
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A week of community closing: what should be disallowed homework?

In this answer it was suggested that it might be good for moderators to refrain from unilaterally closing homework (or homework-like) questions for a while, so that we can get a better sense of what ...
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Why is this question on rocket motion on hold?

Well I can read the reason why my question was put on hold " ask about a specific physics concept and show some effort" However I wonder if that would be the good action for questions like these. ...
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What's the current status of the homework policy?

Related: Why don't we just ban homework altogether? Banning homework: vote and documentation We're having some more recent discussions on the homework tag. A month ago, there was a ...
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Can we please stop applying the homework tag (and policy) to very advanced questions?

This question is inspired by Colin McFauls very reasonable classification of questions tagged as homework due to the very broad notion of the term "homework-like" currently applied at Physics SE, ...
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Graduate and above level questions aren't homework

I know, I know, it's yet another Meta post about our homework policy. Feel free to downvote and write abusive comments if you're heartily sick of posts about the homework policy. If you're still with ...
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Does banning homework do long-term harm for only short-term gain?

When I first saw Why don't we just ban homework altogether? my initial reaction was "hell yeah!". As I've thought about the issue more though, I wonder if banning homework will do Physics.SE more ...
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Fine-tuning the proposed homework policy: what to do with the tag if the policy is changed?

A recent suggestion about changing the homework policy gathered quite a bit of support, and a specific proposal for a new policy is currently being thrashed out. The new policy is basically just a ...
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Banning homework: vote and documentation

It was proposed recently on meta that, as part of a broader programme of increasing the site quality, we ban homework questions altogether. This proposal seems to have really quite strong support. On ...
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Why don't we just ban homework altogether?

This site gets a lot of low-quality homework questions. Since I ignored the homework tag a few months ago, my experience of the site has been much more pleasant. The current homework policy is nice, ...
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How can we improve participation on Physics.SE?

A lot of members have recently noticed a drop in the net question quality on this site. Many of us feel that this is fixable, so I'm trying to take steps in that direction. Roughly, what we need to ...
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Does the homework tag now apply to any question without much research?

It seems there are the beginnings of an edit war going on with how can counting the number of cracks in glass tell you about the speed of imact?. Now the question has a few problems: It doesn't ...
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Should we rename the homework tag as “problem-solving”, or such?

The "homework" tag is often controversial among new users who complain that their question isn't from a homework assignment (so they get offended, so edit wars happen, and posts get blocked -- e.g., ...
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Can we encourage the “research-level” meta tag? What about a “popular” tag?

I have been reading a bit of the meta discussion going on about the question quality here at the Physics StackExchange (SE). Especially in the wake of the demise of the TheoreticalPhysics SE, there ...
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Can we include homework guidance in the How to Ask sidebar?

This question is a follow-up to this question about what some of us feel is a large spike in low-level homework questions. I propose we include a specific link to our canonical homework meta question ...
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What can be done about the (current) ongoing flood of homework and very basic questions overwhelming our site?

Since quite some time, the amount of new incoming higher level questions is decaying and the number of very basic ones is increasing, but the current inflood of bad homeworks (the good ones I ...
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Physics SE should emphasis on problem solving

I observed math SE is more active than physics SE. They don't close problems. I think Physics SE should encourage problem solving. Moderator should not close homework problem. This will help community ...
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Just to be clear, we do support the homework tag, right?

I stumbled across this recent meta question on the computational science site. What struck me was one of the community associates pretty much declaring that the homework tag should be abolished, since ...
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What should I do if I see a homework-like question with no homework tag?

Ideally the posters should be applying the homework tag themselves, but if I see a question that looks like a homework question what should I do?
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Are homework questions becoming more common?

After hearing that homework questions are far too common one too many times, I decided to take the initiative and try to prove whether homework questions are now the primary new content of the site. ...
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How should we deal with academic dishonesty?

Finals are going on for many, and we've had quite a few instances where a student posts a question from a take-home final exam (or something similar). How ought we deal with this? Should we close ...
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Should we get rid of the homework tag?

Some other sites in the SE network have recently been moving toward eliminating the homework tag. I think this would be useful for us to consider as well, particularly in light of questions like this ...
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Objective criteria of “do my homework” questions

In the FAQ it is said that "do my homework" questions are not welcome on physics.stackexchange. So far I was sure that I know what are that questions: Formulation of some non-conceptual problem: "...
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Is this an example of a good electrical question on Physics?

Questions like this one are potentially on-topic on Electrical Engineering. However, that question is a little too basic for most of our users, and we don't get a lot of homework questions as it seems ...
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How do I ask homework questions on Physics Stack Exchange?

What is the policy on asking homework questions on Physics Stack Exchange? What kinds of questions are considered homework questions? Are homework questions allowed? What should I include in a ...
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Homework format

A recent questioner (perhaps subconsciously) posted a homework-type question in the "physics forums" standard format, I.e equations used, attempt at a solution. I think that if such questions are ...
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Specific homework questions - too localized to be of general interest?

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 ...
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Should we allow questions asking the mathematical solution to physics problems?

An example question: Solution for the Finite 2D Potential Well - Rotational Symmetry It is being voted to close as off-topic. Reading the comments, that seems to be because it the physics is ...
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Do practice problems encountered in independent study or exam review get the “homework” tag?

I tagged this question as homework, and the user replied that it wasn't homework, but a practice problem for exam review. In my view, exactly the same question could be asked as homework and exam ...
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Yet another “What level?” question. This time for physics 101 homework.

Consider "help with coefficient of friction". A basic physics 101 question, and a one-and-a-half step variety at that. As questions-that-students-have go there is nothing unusual about it, but there ...
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My question was closed on Phys.SE. Can you recommend me another internet site where my question might be on-topic?

My question was closed1 on Phys.SE. Can you recommend me another internet site where my question might be on-topic? Here we keep a list of other internet sites that might help students2 of physics. ...
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Towards a canonical homework question

Note that the site's current policy on homework questions is found at How do I ask homework questions on Physics Stack Exchange? which will always have the current version of the policy. Many ...

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