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I am puzzled if it is appropriate to ask for resources/referemces for good exercises for an introductory TCS course. I personally think that this is a very precise question, but I see the danger that the answers might depend very much on everyone's personal opinion, which might lead to an open-ended discussion. Also I noticed that related questions such as

List of intro TCS books for those who don't know much about TCS

were closed.

Nevertheless, I would really like to know about this. And I can imagine that other users are interested in this as well.

Also, let me know if cs.SE is the right place for this question or should I post it in cstheory.SE. Since I consider the question as non-research-question I would prefer to post it in cs.SE.

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  • $\begingroup$ I think you can get many good ideas for exercises just by looking at the questions already posted. $\endgroup$ – Raphael Jul 25 '12 at 12:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Raphael: I agree, there are nice exercises on this page. But actually not that many of the type I would ask in a TCS introductory course. Also: most of them have answers. I would definitely like to have more resources for easy problems. $\endgroup$ – A.Schulz Jul 25 '12 at 12:29
  • $\begingroup$ What I just found: TrueShelf, a crowd-driven exercise repository (without answers). $\endgroup$ – Raphael Aug 2 '12 at 8:53
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List questions are a problem for the platform because ranking answers does not make a lot of sense. We have not definitely decided yet how to treat them (see here and here) -- different sites have different policies -- but the tendency seems to be that we don't want them (maybe because they don't know how to deal with them).

Therefore, I think you should not post the question as proposed (and certainly not on cstheory). If the Educators proposal goes live, maybe it will be the place for such question.

You could, however, set up your own resource (a wiki?) for this purpose, which would be great and useful.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your answer. After reading the discussions on meta you have mentioned, I have to say that the current policy is confusing. I decided not to post my question. However I would appreciate it, if there is a clear policy, approved by the community. $\endgroup$ – A.Schulz Jul 25 '12 at 16:13
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    $\begingroup$ @A.Schulz I completely agree. However, you need a certain amount of community to make a policy. At the time, we did not have it here; just look at the participation on the questions. The latest homework chapter went down reasonably well, so we might try again. If you have a good idea how list questions can be handled (I don't), you are very welcome to open up a new thread. $\endgroup$ – Raphael Jul 25 '12 at 16:17

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