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The return of the homework question

It has become a ritual: three times a semester (around 2nd week, midterms and finals) there is a flow of simple, homework-like questions (mostly in the field of automata theory; US education system is ...
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How do I ask a good homework question?

I'm doing some computer science homework and I need help. How should I ask my question here? The existing discussions about homework tend to center around how to answer them and how to moderate them. ...
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Should we do anything about questions that are just a scan of a problem in their textbook?

I have seen an increasing number of questions where the author takes a scan/screenshot of part of their textbook and includes this image in their question. Typically, the image contains some exercise ...
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Will homework questions be allowed?

Since the current FAQs say this site is for students as well as professionals, what will the policy on homework be? What are the guidelines that a homework question should follow if it is to be asked?...
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Questions about challenges on Interview Street and similar sites

A number of questions have been asked about the programming challenges on the website Interview Street. For example, this, this, this, this and this. What should our policy be for these? To me, ...
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Should we have a close reason "shows too little effort"?

Some questions -- often, but not always, homework (or test) problems show little effort on the part of the asker. If the problem is clearly phrased, it's not accurate to close it for: unclear what ...
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Should we downvote solution request?

This question is motivated by this comment. Recently I see more an more questions which explicitly asks for solution to given class problems. This happens mostly before exams period. It looks like ...
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How to promote inclusive behavior?

I asked a question that has a tricky answer, which I saw explained in some dark corner of the Internet a long time ago. I did so after seeing another question that was posted by someone who knew the ...
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Closing questions that are too broad

I voted to close https://cs.stackexchange.com/questions/1/how-does-branch-prediction-work This is a broad question, asking for an overview of a whole subfield. While the answers do provide some ...
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Reference answer for textbooks in subfields other than algorithms

Someone just asked a question on the main site requesting a good introductory text for "Theory of Computation", which I'm guessing is going to get closed as "Primarily Opinion Based". I agree that ...
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What should we do with questions without effort?

Here someone asked a question about finding median, with a simple google search "median of unsorted array in O(n)" all first three results are about correct way to do it. But there is no policy to ...
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Policy on stocking the beta with "easy" questions

This is my first time to be involved in a site beta, and I would like to gauge the community's opinion on this subject. Certainly, there are many kinds of questions which we could expect to (...
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Would this theoretical networking question be on-topic here?

A user posted a question on MSO, asking about where to ask their theoretical computer networking question. Since it's not a practical problem, it's not really a good fit for SO, Network Engineering, ...
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Are questions on introductory undergraduate CS theory appropriate here?

This is my first time to be involved in a site beta, and I would like to gauge the community's opinion on this subject. On StackOverflow (and possibly Math.SE), questions on introductory formal ...
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I posted a not very good question. After learning more, I managed to make a better question. What should I do with the former?

Initially, I posted this question regarding evolutional computing. I knew it could be better phrased, but I couldn't figure out how, so I posted it that way. Later on, after an answer, some comments ...
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Ways to grow the site by helping good (new/undergrad) students

Before that for me was annoying to see someone without any effort wants to get an answer for his homework from community. But right know I see most of answers are by few users which are either ...
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How far should edits go before a new question should be asked?

Somewhat following on from this recent meta question, how much of a change should someone make to a question before they should simply ask a new question? As a case study, this question was asked ...
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No own research effort

I like to quote the tooltips of the UP- and DOWN-vote buttons here: UP: “This question shows research effort; ...” DOWN: “This question doesn not show any research effort; ...” I interpret “...
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When is a question for resources/references in Q&A format?

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 ...
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How to make good answers to bad questions more visible?

When looking at a list of questions, for example on page https://cs.stackexchange.com/, we tend to assess the interest of the whole compound question+answers+comments from the vote rating given to ...
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Would this question if migrated to CS get closed as too general?

When is the language said to be context free? I saw this question and knew that it could get better answers here at CS, but didn't flag it for migration as it had a few answers but more importantly ...
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How can I this question be improved to elicit empirical answers?

My Question https://cs.stackexchange.com/questions/24298/why-is-interest-in-the-fields-of-ontology-and-semantics-declining was migrated here from Theoretical CS, where it was considered off-topic. ...
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Questions encouraging a myriad of answers

How do you view a question asking for many different answers to one problem? As a simple example, there are many interesting ways of proving ...
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How to review low quality posts

While reviewing low quality posts, I have had the same problem multiple times. As an exemple, I had to review this question. The four choices are 1) Edit 2) Close 3) Delete 4) Ok. As it is shown by ...
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Should we allow list questions taged as **big-list** for now?

As far as I understand it, the policy regarding list questions is an ongoing discussion (see here and here). The idea is that we should built up a community first, and then discuss how to handle this ...
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How can I stop users from changing the content of my question?

I recently asked a question where I was asking how to solve a context of type A using a context of type B.My question was how to use context B.I didn't explain the exact context A because my question ...