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How do I ask a good homework question?

D.W. explains what to ask. Here are some pointer towards how. Wait, first the when: First, talk to people, namely fellow students, TAs and teachers (in that order). Many problems go away after you ...
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How do I ask a good homework question?

Ask questions about concepts, not about your exercise Don't ask us about how to solve your homework exercise. Instead, spend some time trying to solve the homework exercise, and use that to figure ...
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Should we have a close reason "shows too little effort"?

NO We close questions because they cannot or should not be answered: Duplicate: we don't want to answer the question because it's already been asked and answers before. Off-topic: we don't want to ...
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Would this theoretical networking question be on-topic here?

There are two different questions hidden in your question. In general, are questions about theoretical networking on-topic here? Sure. If it meets with our quality guidelines and site policies, it ...
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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?

You've had an answer which you found helpful, according to this comment. It wasn't the kind of answer you expected, and the question isn't what you'd meant to ask. Nonetheless, the question and answer ...
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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?

It's up to you, but I don't think you need to delete the previous question. As you say, it is a bit vague, but I don't think it's harmful or terrible. One alternative to deleting the old question is ...
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How far should edits go before a new question should be asked?

I agree with you. It's bad practice to make a large change to the question that changes its meaning, particularly when the question has already received an answer and the change invalidates the ...
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Reference answer for textbooks in subfields other than algorithms

But for anything other than algorithms we do relatively poorly. Yes, this is the usual fate of book lists on Stack Exchange. The medium is not conducive to this kind of content. Can we create a ...
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How to review low quality posts

There are several closing reasons: In this case, "needs details" would be an appropriate choice, IMHO. Note that closing does not necessarily imply "poor quality": an offtopic ...
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How do I ask a good homework question?

A word of warning If what you are working on has been assigned to you for homework, asking about it on the internet may defeat the purpose of the exercise. If your teachers know what they are doing¹,...
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How far should edits go before a new question should be asked?

I apologize: I deleted your answer because it didn't answer the question as it then was, but I hadn't realized that the question had been edited beyond recognition and your answer was perfectly ...
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How can I this question be improved to elicit empirical answers?

You haven't stated the question about the trend. The question about trend is not a good question. Topics get popular and then get less popular. It is common. It is not a computer science question but ...
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How can I this question be improved to elicit empirical answers?

I don't follow the premise of the question. Google Trend is probably poor at detecting trends within the scientific community. Professors tend to have strong opinions that may or may not be ...
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How to make good answers to bad questions more visible?

EDIT THE QUESTION Most visitors find threads on Stack Exchange after searching on Google. Google gets us about 85% to 90% of our traffic. Other search engines, and searches inside Stack Exchange, ...
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