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Is the philosophy of these dealing with questions like this one different today than in 2012? I think of particular note now is that exams and tests are being conducted online a great deal more (especially with Covid-19 concerns but I think the general trend is there anyway). There's also (IMO) more of a move to continuous assesment at all levels of ...


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Why not hold all questions for a week or two before posting them? That would eliminate the motivation for submitting homework problems. (Concepts can wait.)


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While I agree with the (current) policy on homework questions, and I try to do my bit reviewing them, homework questions have two plus points going for them: they can highlight interesting and important aspects of physics that students need to learn they are easy for beginners to answer In particular I fear that the PSE can be a bit scary for newcomers ...


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As quite a new user, here are some comments: It didn't seem obvious at first that we aren't meant to answer homework questions, sometimes they have been edited by a gold medal holder and seemed to be legitimate questions. A message saying we shouldn't give detailed answers came after a while, so that helps. Perhaps that message should be there on joining ...


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OK, here's a first stab at the data, using the Data Explorer: Users who answer closed homework questions. This query returns the total number of answers to h/w-tagged questions per user, and the number where the question is currently closed (but not deleted!); it also returns the total score in each category, and the corresponding ratios. The selection can ...


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I don't have a direct answer to the questions asked, although I think they are good questions. Two ideas come to mind by way of experimental methods for approaching them: Physics was not chosen for the 3-vote close experiment recently launched, but we could potentially have a DIY version if we asked our moderators, temporarily, to cast their votes early in ...


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At the risk of seeming a bit hard-nosed; there is always the option of downvoting answers to blatant homework/examination questions. I certainly have done for egregious examples in the past and will be doing so more liberally in future, especially as we move into "exam season". You should also flag a complete answer to a closed homework question ...


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Many of the questions that get closed on our site consist purely of the text (or an image) of a homework assignment, with no attempt by the OP to explain what concept relating to the assignment they need help with, or any thoughts on how they've tried to attack the problem. Some of us call such questions "homework dumps". On the Mathematics stack, ...


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The essence of the policy has existed in this form since the beginning of the site in 2010, as you can see from the revision history of our FAQ post. Specific aspects have been debated often enough that we have a specific meta tag homework-and-exercises for it. These often led to much discussion, but ultimately only minor changes in the actual wording of ...


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There are many instances of homework questions getting answers before they are closed. But in those cases where they do not get answers... Many posts that fall under the "homework-and-exercise" tag do not follow the site policy on homework-like questions. Instead of asking about physics concepts in the context of an exercise problem, they are just ...


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