As a user who's spent most of my time over on stackoverflow, I'm very familiar with the concept of homework questions being asked on stack exchange sites. For a while there was a vicious commenting/downvote pattern going on, and ultimately [homework] questions were tagged as such, and users could titrate information in the answers to match the appropriate guidance for homework problems.

Today I saw this question, and after the OP confirmed that it is homework, I went to tag it as such. I discovered that there is no such tag in existence right now! A bit of searching turned up a meta discussion about whether homework should be allowed, but nothing about a [homework] tag came up.

So... I don't feel like I have enough of a presence in the community to be adding tags at this point. However, from my stackoverflow experience, a [homework] tag can be quite useful. I would propose creating such a tag, even if homework questions are few and far between, in the hopes that it can serve a similar purpose here. Thoughts from the community?

  • $\begingroup$ How exactly do you believe it will benefit the community? $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 4:30
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    $\begingroup$ (IMHO) It barely comes up often enough to warrant policy, let alone a whole tag... $\endgroup$
    – Alconja
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 4:40
  • $\begingroup$ As Gareth answered it there, he just gave a hint to OP and requested others to not answer it right away. $\endgroup$
    – ABcDexter
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 6:48

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(Or should it be rather yes, the lack of the tag is purposeful?)

I don't think a homework tag would be helpful. As Alconja pointed out in the comments, "puzzle homeworks" are rare cases (-and mathematical questions are off-topic anyway-) and if they are, they are more often "for the pupil's fun sake" than serious - so if somebody decided to look up (or request) the answer, it's his/her choice to make.

Besides, it would be a meta-tag and there is nothing "special" about it which would be a valid argument for this type of meta-tag as opposed to the general discussion. Would you want to search/find puzzles particularly because they are 'homework'?

And the purpose of stating "Hey, I got this for homework, only give hints" is much better served by the post actually saying this than a tag.

  • $\begingroup$ This sounds good to me. I'm glad I asked instead of creating an unnecessary tag. $\endgroup$
    – tmpearce
    Commented Nov 30, 2016 at 12:25

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