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Should we suggest that authors of complete solutions to homework-like questions delete them?

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 ...
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Guidelines for answering homework-like questions

I was looking for guidelines, but the best I could find is this. Is there a better statement somewhere? That was hard enough to find. Perhaps an entry could be put in the help to make it easier to ...
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How can I reopen it?

What will be final velocity of three charges $q$, $q$, $2q$? How can I reopen it? All concepts come out from questions. If I know how to solve it, I would know concept automatically.
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Why are "homework questions" redundant?

I have already two questions on-hold and closed because they were considered as homework questions. I think these people are exaggerating. Who told these people that my questions were about homework ...
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Incosistent policy on "homework" questions

Recently I asked a question on physics stack exchange. It was closed with a reference to faq guidelines. Here is the question that was closed: Maximum period of a vertically spinning ball. Please ...
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Generalizing the homework policy

In our last chat session two weeks ago (sorry for the delay), we had a discussion about updating the homework policy and homework close reason. I'm making this post to summarize that discussion and ...
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My question was held off by vote for wrong reasons

I was asking for a clarification. My question was not Homework type. I had worked out a solution myself.
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Why run the home-work and exercises tag? [closed]

Most people on this website, who happen to have some "reputation", don't want to solve homework questions, all they want to do is put questions on hold, because apparently , the questions are "off-...
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Answering homework-like questions that will be closed

Sometimes I come across a homework-like question, like this one Terminal velocity of a sky-diver that is of little value to our collection, as any answer is only of interest and benefit to the ...
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Should we rename the homework policy?

The homework policy is a constant source of confusion for new (and sometimes established) users. We see this confusion, for example, when users respond to closures based on the homework policy by ...
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Streamlining the vote to close homework option page

This is a small point, but a lot of my vote to close choices have been about homework questions. Is it possible to have that homework option come up on the first page of the "Why should this question ...
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Where did this answer go?

Just interested in what happened, why would someone delete their accepted answer to my question question that actually helped me? And isn't ACuriousMind's comment just wrong?
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Is it appropriate to tell someone to ask their teacher first?

Physics (PSE) often gets questions from beginner physics students that would easily be answered in person, and are basic physics contained in a text: "How do I calculate the potential 3 cm from a ...
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Revisiting the creation of a new site: Physics Learners

There has been a lot of discussion in the past in regard to this. And a page Physics homework questions on Area51. On that page you will find a suggestion, to change the name of the site to Physics ...
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Clarification regarding conceptual doubts

According to one of the answers to my post: Physics.SE is not a homework help site, it is not meant to be a resource to teach people physics, and it is not a resource intended to help right ...
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Homework questions as a knowledge resource

I'd like to point on the idea of question as a knowledge resource. It has come to my knowledge that understanding a subject, especially Physics, requires experience with as many questions as possible....
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Homework - the view from the chat session

During yesterday's Physics Chat we had an, erm, lively discussion about the evergreen subject of homework questions, and I think we reached as near a consensus as a motley crew of physics nerds is ...
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Off-topic question

I posted a question on Phys.SE and the question was closed as off-topic. As a matter of fact I did a mistake when selecting the tags, since I used the homework tag. When I realized that I did a ...
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Homework questions physics

Just joined a week ago and wondering how homework questions should be dealt with. Maybe this is covered already but I noticed a sizeable amount of kids are getting sharp "don't bother me" type ...
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Examples of good homework questions

I want to start this meta question as place where people can put links to well asked homework-like questions. The point is that if not so good questions are asked then we will have a meta question ...
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Are questions asking for confirmation of a method off-topic?

I have asked a question relating to how I have approached a problem. My reason for asking the question was my answers seem to be unrealistic. The question is here: How to calculate force on a string ...
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What is the meaning of **effort** that Phys.SE wants in homework questions?

Always do I have seen most of the homework tagged questions are hold, with a close reason to show minimal effort. I thought Phys.SE wanted the asker to show his attempt. But recently, I got amazed ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

My answer here was recently deleted. https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/148332/by-what-force-does-a-man-attract-earth/148336?noredirect=1#comment309273_148336 I never encountered such ...
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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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