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Economics.SE Policy on Homework Questions

The explicit aim of this site is to create a stack of high quality economics related questions and answers. High quality questions are those that, along with their answers, are useful to future ...
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How Should We Deal with Homework Questions?

Perhaps to a lesser degree than STEM fields, the academic study of economics- especially at an undergraduate level- consists of a lot of problem sets and papers (a.k.a., "homework"). Students will ...
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What level are we aiming for, now we are in public beta?

Congratulations to us all - we're in the public phase of the beta, now. So now we're here, what sort of level of question and answer do we want? This is our chance to shape the site over the next ...
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30 dias in Beta - We Need More Questions

UPDATE 40 Days in Beta related to visits: Now the visits per day has returned to 170. UPDATE 3 DAYS LATER related to visits. The "Visits / day" metric for "33 days in Beta" has fallen to $222$. If ...
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We need more PHDs/Professionals on this site/why are we not getting them

I dont know if this is a rant so please downvote/vote to close if need be. This week I actively approached a couple of professors and working economists I know and told them about the site. Most of ...
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60 days in Beta - Battle cry?

and together with the 30-days numbers \begin{array}{| r | r |} \hline \hline \text {Metric} & \text {30 days in Beta} & \text{60 days in Beta} \\ \hline ...
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It's Identity-Crisis time

Inspired by this innocent question, I bring to the notice of the community the following issue: The official "subtitle" of the economics.se site is "For professional and academic economists and ...
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Generic Response to Unsourced Answers

This generic response should be used for answers that talk about statistics, research or results that are not common knowledge in economics (i.e. something that a person with undergraduate degree in ...
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What do experts expect to get out of this SE site?

We've had a few meta questions where discussions focus on attracting (and presumably keeping) experts on this site. I'd be interested to know what other experts and professionals hope to gain by ...
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Proposal to make the site more useful for experts (PhDs, academics, professionals)

Problem Description There aren't enough experts and expert-level questions on the site. A long-standing criticism of this site is that there are too many non-expert level questions. This makes the ...
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Generic response to Homework Questions

I thought I'd post my blurb on responding to homework questions which violate site policy. If you see any, just post this as a comment, usually the user will edit their question. Hi, Welcome to ...
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Meta filter: Layman/Academic/Real World

I've stopped being here as frequently as before, or say, invest as much time as I used to in the start, also as I feel that slowly the ball started rolling. However, now, as a not-fulltime-consumer, ...
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December 2015: Regression between reputation rank and log reputation on Econ.SE

Just for kicks, I decided to run a regression on "log reputation" on "all time ranking of Econ.SE". I'm saying reputation affects ranking, and hopefully not the other way around, because I don't have ...
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List of comment templates

As the site matures, it seems like it might be a good idea to have some boilerplate comments that are likely to be needed on a fairly regular basis and that can be posted by site regulars as necessary....
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90 days in Beta - stable or stagnant?

and together with the 30-days and 60-days numbers \begin{array}{| r | r |} \hline \hline \text {Metric} & \text {30 days in Beta} & \text{60 days in Beta} & \...
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Generic Response to Questions Without Evidence of Prior Search Effort

If the user asks question that shows no evidence of prior search/research effort you might use the following generic response (special thanks to Mark C. Wallace - mod from History.SE for allowing us ...
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Is this site only for "expert-level questions"?

In this question, a close-vote was justified as follows: The question is too broad. But, more importantly, it is not at all an expert-level question, to the degree that intermediate ...
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An alternative suggestion regarding Homework Questions

We want to have general reusable questions. Yet, most of the undergraduate questions are terribly local and of no use what-so-ever for future visitors. Here's a suggestion: How about forbidding ...
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Who are PhDs and PhD candidates on this site?

just wondering who are Econ Phds or Econ PhD students on the site. Obviously knowing anyone can claim anything. I just want to know if anyone here is an Econ PhD or Econ PhD student can you post below ...
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120 days in Beta - We're fighting it

and together with the 30-days , 60-days and 90-days numbers \begin{array}{| r | r |} \hline \hline \text {Metric} & \text {30 B-days} & \text{60 B-days} & \...
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150 days in Beta - Is it picking up speed?

and together with the 60-days, 90-days and 120-days numbers \begin{array}{| r | r |} \hline \hline \text {Metric} & \text{60 B-days} & \text{90 B-days} & \text{...
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Should we be a high-voting site?

Some sites get lots of votes (upvotes, downvotes, close/reopen/delete votes) for question and answers. Others get very few votes. Should we be a high-voting site?
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Joke list question got to Hot Network Questions but looks like it should be closed

Jokes in Economics; Challenging Assumptions in the Dismal Science This question, if asked on any other site on StackExchange that I participate in, ("what are some good programming jokes", etc), ...
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MathJax basic tutorial and quick reference

To see how any formula was written in any question or answer, including this one, right-click on the expression it and choose "Show Math As > TeX Commands". For inline formulas, enclose the formula in ...
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Should we really have a Homework/Self-Study tag

I'm coming from the discussions in the comments here. I disagree that voting up that question (as I too did) implied having a consensus on a homework/self-study tag (as I, for example, did not). So I ...
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Prolonged Trends of the Beta; Adjustments?

Shoutout to all my economics nerds. For those who are wondering who the heck this guy is who isn't Alecos who is posting about the Area 51 stats, the short introduction is that I remember using this ...
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Should I downvote valid answers to off-topic questions

Off-topic questions (accounting, elementary homework, etc.) regularly get detailed answers, usually correct ones. Obviously this rewards the OP of the off-topic question and may attract more off-topic ...
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Should we start dealing with duplicate tags

Alright, now that this site's existence appears to be secured, we could spend some time "cleaning it up". How about we gather some duplicate tags in the answer and decide on whether they are really ...
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Do we need guidelines?

I still have problems when seeing new questions (or close votes) to tell if they are on topic or not and what to do with them. There where some discussions earlier but the results where not really ...
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Is finance under our domain?

Regarding this question: Examples of Factors in the ICAPM The intertemporal captial asset pricing model (ICAPM) is different from the CAPM in that in the ICAPM, utility is conditioned on some set of ...
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Adding Comments along with Downvotes

In some of the questions and answers that I have posted on the Economics Beta site, I have experience several downvotes. I recognize that downvotes are useful with comments to explain why, but nearly ...
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Changing sub-title for our SE

Some of you might remember Alecos asking some of the moderator candidates about changing the subtitle for our SE, per this thread from a year ago. I'm down to try and gain a new consensus on the old ...
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All Generic Responses

Per request from community all generic responses to questions and answers were also put in this one thread (with links to original posts) so users can find all generic community responses in one ...
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Homework questions with scans of notes/exam papers

We have a user who is asking lots of questions like Cournot competition question or Consumer theory with lump sum fee I don't like them (the questions)!They are homework questions that nominally ...
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Creating a list to measure the site's coverage of subfields

I'd like to start a list that could serve to measure the site's coverage of subfields of economics. This question is a partial response to the concerns expressed in the question, "How can we broaden ...
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Consensus on List Questions?

Did we ever achieve consensus on the List issue? I was thinking about asking a question in line with Ubiquitous's suggestion on the previous meta discussion. Something along the lines of What ...
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How to ask a homework question?

How to ask a homework question? Can I ask a homework question here? How do I ask a homework question on this website? What information should I include in a question about homework? Why don't you ...
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A question is unclear or too broad - should you edit?

The intent of this question is to come up with some community guidelines on editing and on accepting edits. (Perhaps it might not warrant a meta post. I only see a 'problem' once in a few months.) ...
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JEL vs tags: ontology of behavioural economics

I had a look at where behavioural economics fits into the JEL classification, for this question: Creating a list to measure the site's coverage of subfields I see that experimental design fits ...
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Wikipedia Referencing and Content Rules - Is this time for me?

I've received my share of policing by automated rules and manual moderation in these two interactions: Do actively managed ETFs help the economy in any way, and if so, how? What happens if commercial ...
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Everybody is asking you to vote - Economics.se is no different

Here are some data from site analytics, regarding the last twelve months: Traffic holds and has recently picked up strongly to historic highs: ...but voting exhibits a clear downward trend ...
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How technical must the questions be?

I'm not quite clear on this line from the "How to Ask in the Private Beta" page: Stick to actual, real, objective questions with concrete answers that a working professional or expert in this field ...
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We're Graduating out of Beta Status!

We're coming up on the 7th anniversary of our fledgling site being in beta status. As of this post, we've been around for 2553 days. Phew! It is our pleasure to report from the moderator team that we ...
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Thanks for visiting - can you please also vote on the main site?

With four-thousands-rep delay I was granted access to "Site Analytics" (I am joking -most probably they weren't previously available for a nascent site like ours). And they provide some raw data. What ...
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Moderators Pro Tem announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Are software questions on-topic?

There are programs like Dynare which are used mostly by economists and answering questions about which may require knowledge of economics. Then there are programs like Stata and Matlab which are ...
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Use more upvotes!

Either there simply aren't many users on this exchange, or they're very stingy on the upvotes. Use them! Upvote interesting questions and good answers. This will: Encourage people to participate. ...
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Why is it difficult to answer questions on Economics.SE?

Not criticism, but a couple of observations. Math.SE and StackOverflow are very successful because questions there are self-contained. You have a very specific problem and it's easy to solve it when ...
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Does the site want questions on "everyday economics" about consumer markets?

I moderate Cooking.Stackexchange. Every now and then, we get questions about the price or availability of certain food items. For example: Why is canned tuna cheaper than frozen or fresh tuna? Why ...
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Announcement: New policy on homework questions

A proposal by FooBar on the handling of homework questions (see An alternative suggestion regarding Homework Questions) has received significant support from the community and no dissenting votes. ...
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