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Why do Cross Validated and Math SE have different policies for homework questions?

Statistical questions are unlike mathematical questions. On the math site, a question will quickly be closed if it is not immediately clear what it means and what it is asking. All other questions ...
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Why is it difficult to get help here

You have asked 6 questions: why is hazard function tending to infinity This has an answer by @AdamO which you haven't accepted. If you don't accept people's answers, or at least explain why their ...
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Deleting self-study questions after asking?

A poster can delete their question if there isn't an upvoted answer. You are entitled to feel irritated, even annoyed, if you answered the question, or regarded the question as good but made extensive ...
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A difficulty with self-study-like questions of the form "Is this correct?"

I feel there usually ought to be more to say. If you ask someone to check your working you want to increase your confidence that you've got the right answer by having them agree with you; but you also ...
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Why do Cross Validated and Math SE have different policies for homework questions?

Why not treat all questions on CV the way self-study questions are treated? People come to CV to get real help on real problems, and they often succeed. I don't see why we should stop providing this ...
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What is the exact meaning of the [self-study] tag? Should we consider renaming it?

Keep current tag, but, create synonym tag textbook-problem
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What is the exact meaning of the [self-study] tag? Should we consider renaming it?

Keep current tag. self-study
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Should I add the self-study tag to a question that is copy-pasted from a book?

As for me, the whole idea about self-study is that people are working on some exercise and are looking for some hints since they are stuck. Copying-and-pasting a textbook exercise produces off-topic ...
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Should I add the self-study tag to a question that is copy-pasted from a book?

I agree with Tim's position that "Applying the self-study tag does not make a copy-and-pasted question a self-study question". But I suppose there are some nuances in my position which I will ...
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Frequent homework spam

As discussed (rather extensively and accurately IMO) in the comments, there isn't much more that we can do. I think our homework policies are good ones. We just have to be vigilant. (For example, ...
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What is the exact meaning of the [self-study] tag? Should we consider renaming it?

exercise synonym that leads to self-study
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Should I add the self-study tag to a question that is copy-pasted from a book?

I think tags should describe the contents of the question and nothing else. If our policy is that we treat textbook exercises differently (i.e. only provide "helpful hints"), then it makes ...
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An automatic filter that would detect bad questions when they are written and suggest ways to improve them

On some sites, the "ask question" pages will pop up just-in-time help when users seem to be getting ready to ask about certain topics. Of course, the specific topics and exact help text vary from ...
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Should I add the self-study tag to a question that is copy-pasted from a book?

The various answers in this thread reveal that we, as a community, use self-study for multiple purposes, of which the major ones are: To signal a desire for conceptual help and hints rather than a ...
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A difficulty with self-study-like questions of the form "Is this correct?"

To borrow from @cardinal, sometimes rules should be treated as 'guidelines'. In that vein, if the complete answer really were "Yes.", I think that should be allowed, although in general I ...
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If rejecting an edit that adds the [self-study] tag, what reason should be given?

I usually type a custom message for the editor telling them to leave a comment for the OP. Here is some example text: It is best not to add the tag, but to ask the OP to do it so that they will ...
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How specifically should we "provide hints" to self-study questions?

The purpose of the tag Let me begin by explaining what I see as the primary value of the self-study tag. Let us imagine that we were in an ideal world where OP's ...
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How specifically should we "provide hints" to self-study questions?

It seems the community has unnecessarily struggled with "homework" questions for a while, mainly due to a worry of having students getting easy answers around here. I see the good intentions of this ...
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Can we resolve the lack of consensus about editors adding the self-study tag?

With moderating it is hard to define strict rules. We are humans and dealing with humans, so there are always exceptions. I don't feel it is that confusing. As a general rule, this tag should be ...
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Deleting self-study questions after asking?

OP here. I had no idea this discussion existed until I just now randomly clicked on it in the "Featured on Meta" window on the side of the website, so I'm late to the party. The previous ...
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Deleting self-study questions after asking?

If it is a problem, how do/should we dissuade or prevent this deletion? One doesn't have to dissuade or prevent such (indeed unfortunate but often due to SE issues, not CV issues) deletions: one can ...
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How specifically should we "provide hints" to self-study questions?

The answer by Glen_B regarding the optimal use of the self-study tag is helpful to me, but I would like to offer another perspective involving some practical ...
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How should we deal with obvious homework questions

"Obvious" homework? First, look at the questioner's SE network profile to see if the person is obviously a student or not. If the person is not obviously a student, consider assuming good faith (as ...
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Should I add the self-study tag to a question that is copy-pasted from a book?

Homework problems have a special status here. One aspect of this is that we want them marked with the self-study tag. However, I think the tag needs to be added almost exclusively by the OP. I ...
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Should I add the self-study tag to a question that is copy-pasted from a book?

I have been asked by @Firebug during https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/240780/binomial-distribution-and-mean-variance-standard-deviation to contribute to this meta. What I did most recently ...
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Should I add the self-study tag to a question that is copy-pasted from a book?

It would be much easier if we just ended the self-study meta tag, because it is difficult to be consistent using it. Many questions are not about homework; yet they are self-study. I propose treating ...
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