I've just replied to a question where the poster was honest enough to add a tag "home work". The question itself was not really the home work I guess (it was this question), but more how to do something in Maple. Of course, one can say to read the manual...

So my question: how does the community respond to home work (either tagged as such by the OP or clearly visible from the question)?


Regardless of whether you ultimately decide to allow homework questions or not, such background and contextual information should be included in the body of the question itself. You should not use a tag to label them.

Tags are there to describe what the question is about. Labeling a question as "homework" is not what tagging is for. It is largely meta to the question. See:

The death of meta tags

Thanks for putting this in a cross-site context. I was aware that some of the StackExchange sites have deprecated/burninated the homework tag, but it was still turning over in my mind to what extent this generalizes to all SE sites. – hardmath Jan 24 '13 at 16:38

As long as the OP has demonstrated sufficient thought and effort, it's perfectly fine to post a homework style question.

Should we then maintain the tag "homework" and promote its use (by OPs and respondents)? – GertVdE Jan 18 '13 at 18:07

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