So in TNB I had the idea for a new tag. Homework-question. These questions would be tagged by a higher rep user (or poster). They would be placed in a review queue and discreetly taken care of. You could even add a bot to comment stuff like "Please don't post homework questions" these questions would be removed faster.

Or the tag could just be added so users can edit and tag the questions to allow people to find and decide what to do with those questions.

This obviously does not require to be hard. Just adding the tag would work so users can find the questions about homework a lot faster.

Chat transcript start

  • 3
    \$\begingroup\$ There's really no need for this. Tags should be used to categorize questions, not act as signals for bad questions. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 2:38
  • 3
    \$\begingroup\$ If a question is bad, it can be "taken care of" nearly as quickly as adding a tag. If a question is good, it doesn't matter whether it's coming from homework or not. \$\endgroup\$
    – Geobits
    Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 2:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ Maybe adding a "Do your homework" section in the asking tips would be a better idea. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 13:01

2 Answers 2



  1. would be a meta tag, i.e., a tag that does not describe the content of the question (the actual post) but something tangentially related (the origin of the problem). Meta tags are frowned upon network-wide because they do not fulfill the purpose of tags.

  2. They would be placed in a review queue and discreetly taken care of. You just described flags. Flagging a post (or directly voting to close if you have the the privilege) already places the post in the close votes review queue. Misusing tags to emulate a feature that already exists is absolutely pointless.

  3. As DJMcMayhem already said, the existance of the tag suggests that asking homework questions is OK, to which you responded the following.

    The tag wiki could say "if you are using this tag don't post"

    That's completely impractical. Tags get pruned automatically (along with their wikis) if there are no questions that bear it. Since all homework question get closed and deleted after a short period of time, a high rep user would have to re-create the tag every time is disappears. That's a lot of wasted effort for something that doesn't even make sense in the first place.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Ah. I was just hashing out an idea and forgot to think how bad itnwas \$\endgroup\$
    – user63187
    Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 3:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ Typo: "discreet", isnt it discrete? or is it intentional? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 11:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MatthewRoh I was quoting the OP. It appears to be correct. Both are words. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dennis
    Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 15:02


A homework tag would most definitely not weed out off-topic questions. Instead it would look like evidence that homework questions are on-topic.

Clearly my homework question is on-topic. There's even a tag specifically for homework questions!

From the help-center:

A tag is a word or phrase that describes the topic of the question. Tags are a means of connecting experts with questions they will be able to answer by sorting questions into specific, well-defined categories.

Now to be fair, a lot of that doesn't make any sense for a challenge site instead of a Q&A site. But the basic idea is still right. I can go to my profile and see that I tend to ask and answer a lot of string-based challenges, like , , .

Why on earth would we want to categorize questions that are blatantly off-topic? If we're lucky they'll just be quickly deleted and then any tags become irrelevant.

  • \$\begingroup\$ The tag wiki could say "if you are using this tag don't post" \$\endgroup\$
    – user63187
    Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 2:50
  • 3
    \$\begingroup\$ What purpose would that serve? Please don't post off-topic questions, but if you do, while you're at it make sure you put your question right here \$\endgroup\$
    – DJMcMayhem
    Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 2:51

You must log in to answer this question.