Let me put up the counterpoint to Manishearth's answer: while we're certainly not required by Stack Exchange to do anything about questions which violate a course policy, it's in the interest of our site to do so, within reason.
In particular, the community has been quite clear that we do not want this site to be known as a place where people can take the ...
I think that a professor who gives a take home exam on the honor system in this day and age of the internet is either very old or very naive.
Repeating the "warning" that this site does not solve homework problems but it is allowed to show progress of work and show where one is stuck, is within the honor system, because books are allowed in take home exams. ...
No, this would go against the Stack Exchange Code of Conduct (also known as the "Be-Nice" policy).
To quote from it:
No subtle put-downs or unfriendly language.
No name-calling or personal attacks.
I would say this falls under both, so it definitely violates the policy.
I think I should point out that one of the canned reasons for declining a flag is
flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer
You should vote wrong answers down. If this kind of nonsense is buried with net scores far into the negative range it simply doesn't matter if this guy is at all serious because no ...
If someone is advertising a non-mainstream theory with their posts, flag it with a custom message. While it is not the job of moderators to sift correct from wrong, we do indeed delete material that advertises pet theories as per our faq.
About the "line of thought" answer: It doesn't look like trolling to me, but it seems deletable (or converted to a ...
No worldly authority should be in the position to impose any regulation on an independend website on the internet. It's dangerous to reinforce an academic (or governmental, for what it's worth) imperative.
The problems which come from being known to provide answers to exam questions are worked out in David Zaslavskys answer. I agree with the points there. ...
I feel that moderators should not be obliged to help uphold the rules of other institutions, and we should not use any on-site powers to deal with such issues.
What I feel we should do is:
Be stricter and more vigilant in enforcing the homework policy on such posts.
Add a comment linking to the paper that it is from.
Fire off an email to the ...
I think it is a bit over the top to inform a Professor. It's not in the site's interest to do so. It would just be a case of the site not minding their own business. It also allows for "imposters" to frame their peers by creating fake accounts in their peer's names.
Absolutely, it's a good idea to refer to previous questions (yours or other people's) when doing so is useful. But don't just use the question title; you should include a link to it. If you include just the URL of the question, the SE software will automatically convert the link to display the question title, e.g. if I write
There is a policy (of sorts), namely the one from the help center. (See also this.) For convenience, I'll repeat (quote) the main points from those pages:
Rudeness and belittling language are not okay.
Be welcoming, be patient, and assume good intentions.
Don't be a jerk.
I don't think there's really a need to make an additional policy on this. But ...
A certain population of this site has taken to writing
"not mainstream physics"
as if those words were a magic wand that entitles the wielder to demand actions from the moderator and to ignore the (already very loose) civility requirements on Physics.SE.
It is true that kooks, cranks, wannabes and other species of attention seekers do try to use Physics....
If you really want to go on edit spree, you could reduce disruption by editing recent posts alongside with your own. If you commit yourself to improve 2-3 recent posts before you touch another post of your own, the disruption will be much less harmful.
It would be even better if you take longer breaks from editing, either by doing something outside the site,...
I think the answer really boils down to how you answer the following question:
Do the changes you want to make improve the readability or accuracy of the post, or is it just superficial changes?
If it's the latter, don't worry about editing it then because no one will care/notice ever.1 If it's the former, then you are probably fine to make the edits, ...
Sure, why not?*
* We can't really give you clear advice on yes or no without seeing the exact wording of the question in mind. But in most cases, it's fine. Imagine "If pV = nRT, then what happens in a nozzle flow" can easily lead to "Why does pV = nRT anyway?"
Why are you so concerned with the deletion of comments?
Comments are deleted at will. They are fifth class citizens. Disposable. Nuke-able. Here today, gone tomorrow!
There is no FSM-given right of any comment to live, at a fundamental level. Comments are only meant for discussing a post and how to improve it, and are typically deleted after they are ...
Considering both the users name and email ID can both be hidden very easily on this site, informing the professor won't (in most cases) achieve anything other than alerting him/her to the fact that a student has broken the honour code. If the student is smart, both the name and email ID will be hidden.
That being said, as @Nick Kidman said in her answer ...