I know different sites have different rules for this, I'm only asking now because this is the first "homework" question I've come across.

Should we allow these types of questions? If so, under what – if any – conditions?



Though, the same standards need to apply - just like any other question on the site. Poorly worded questions, questions that don't fit the standard question criteria, etc should be closed accordingly.

+1. The problem SO have with homework questions is that they're often poor questions, very narrowly scoped and not useful for anybody else. I don't think it'll be a big problem here, as the example shows. I suppose, if I close a homework question it will be for the usual reasons. It being homework is pretty irrelevant. – Stefano Palazzo Dec 15 '11 at 8:10
Allowing this could go a long way in attracting new Ubuntu users to this forum. If you have a class of 50 or so students all Googling for an answer, and clicking a link to the answer on Ask Ubuntu, you'd pick up quite a few new users. I think this would be a good thing. If the questions are being worded by professors, they are probably going to be decent quality. – Tom Brossman Dec 15 '11 at 8:33
Why not? Sometimes it could be helpfull. but it depends on who asks the question, which has a bit of discretion, am I right? – maniat1k Dec 15 '11 at 9:38

Yes but ...

... we should not solve his assignment for them. We should only point them towards the necessary documentation and give them high-level concept explanations.

After all homework assignments are supposed to make you learn something.

that's what I meant: sometimes it's better to show the way, and maybe a little "how to". – maniat1k Dec 15 '11 at 9:41
I would go ahead and just edit this in, as it' makes sense :) – Marco Ceppi Dec 15 '11 at 15:36


If someone wants to add some arguments to this, that would be cool.


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