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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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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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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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Answering own question: “work” of the question in own answer

After reading the links provided by the mods in a question I recently posted with an answer, I believe that my question conforms in spirit the criteria that the moderators have tried to infuse in our ...
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Let's get things rolling again with the homework policy

Okay, so the last time we had a focused discussion of the homework policy was August 2016. Blech. So, let's start thinking about this again. And before you collectively groan, this first post isn't ...
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Why are homework related questions accepted on maths SE more than here?

I have noticed a tremendous wealth of 'homework' style questions on maths SE ranging from simple concepts such as finding variance in some context or very difficult but solvable integrals. All these ...
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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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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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Homework Policy and what justifies closure

Reading through questions on the Q&A Stackexchange, I came across this Question regarding rotational mechanics. I'd been confused a few other times in the past by homework closures and had come to ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Poll: do you ignore the homework tag?

I want to tackle an teensy tiny bit of the homework debate: How many people set the homework tag on their ignore list as a way to improve their experience of the site? This is one of the arguments ...
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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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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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Why is my question on hold, flagged as homework and why the downvote?

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: Shankar Quantum Mechanics: Proof Inverse Of Operators Hi! I don't get why my question was flagged as homework plus a down-vote. It is not ...
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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 do I make these questions better?

I have been banned from Physics Stack Exchange, and I think it is mainly because of these two questions which were not received well. The thing is that for both these questions I have received hints ...
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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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Can my deleted question be reopened?

A question Is the force exerted on the chair transferred to the rope that is pulled on? I asked some time ago was deleted because it did not meet the standard of the Physics Stack Exchange website. I ...
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What does “temporarily deleted” mean?

I can't find in the help, or by googling, the meaning of "temporarily deleting" from a comment I'm temporarily deleting this in accordance with our homework policy. Please don't post complete ...
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Automatic comment when voting to close as homework-like?

Would it be convenient to include an automatically generated comment when voting to close a question as homework-like? The way things are set up now, if I see a question that runs afoul the homework-...
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Should question 315730 have the homework-and-exercises tag?

Express Laplace transform of voltage across a capacitor in terms of charge I'd be interested to hear folks' opinions.
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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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Should you not give feedback if you vote to close a question to help the questioner better use this website? [duplicate]

My question has been closed again. DavidZ has pointed out that it is acceptable for people to not give reasons for closing questions. I understand that the site does not require them to do that. ...
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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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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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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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How to provide working for the question if we don't even know how to proceed in a question?

Most of the time when people ask Homework Related questions they are put on hold.They ask for our work on the question. Sometimes we all face the situation that we don't even know how to proceed ...
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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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Is this legal to post my physics question here for verification only but not for answer?

Is this legal to post my physics question here for verification only but not for answer? I just want to make sure that my question is on-topic, not off-topic, and fits the rules, like it's not too ...
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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 can't deletion by moderators be voted on?

Calculating the height a person can reach in the moon I'm deleting this in accordance with our homework policy. Please do not give complete or near-complete answers to homework-like questions. – ...
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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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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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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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I need more light on the homework policy

Please, I need to know what is wrong if one posts their homework here and it is well formatted? The actual thing is they might have tried solving before coming here in the case where they didn't ...
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How can I make a question on topic? [duplicate]

Why is my question "Electrical resistance calculator question" on hold ? What does this mean ? How can i improve it ? Here is the link to my question Electrical resistance calculator question
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Purpose of homework tag?

Recently I saw many homework posts rejected. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a decently upvoted homework question. Why is this so? Perhaps it is better to remove the homework tag altogether?
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How to automate “not a homework help site” comment?

While reviewing I often have to make this comment: Hi and welcome to the Physics SE! Please note that this is not a homework help site. Please see this Meta post on asking homework questions and ...
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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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Question thought to be a homework question and put on hold

This question was given an excellent answer to address a practical problem. Then it was put on hold. Reasons given were that it's a homework question, and that nothing was done to attempt to solve the ...
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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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Homework and Exercise Tag

Why is there a complete homework and exercise tag, when all the question asked under that category are termed as off-topic. This tab accounts as the second largest tab but still the moderators down ...
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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 ...