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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What needs to be achieved before site launch?

The idea of this question is to start to focus on proactive things that we, as a community, can do to get the site more polished and ready for the official launch this is hopefully coming. Many of ...
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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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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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999 is close enough to 1,000 for an economist

We reached this and the numbers say this Note on the (currently) last remaining "Needs Work" flag: The median of "Visits per Day" has increased by $22 \%$ in $17$ days.
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What is the proper approach and place for normative statements on Economics SE?

Note- This question is an extension from a discussion in the comments of this answer. Thanks to @denesp for the recommendation for this meta question, and @AlecosPapadopoulos for the cited answer ...
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Who would you like to see as a mod?

Who, of our current active contributors, would you like to see as moderators pro tempore? Please do bear in mind that the appointment of the first moderators to a new site is not an election: ...
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Would a question about an abnormality in a simulated economy be acceptable here?

On the video game Team Fortress 2, it has built up its own in-game economy, even branching out into other video games. But, for a reason that I can not find an answer to, the games economy started to ...
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How do we deal with users which consistently ask bad questions and post opinionated answers?

Recently, I have observed some user M who consistently posts nonsensical questions and in many posted answers takes an opinionated, unscientific, often even illogical stance. The user has around 100 ...
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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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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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How are these questions duplicates?

1. How is Comparative Advantage a superset of Absolute Advantage? and 2. https://economics.stackexchange.com/questions/4473/intuition-either-each-country-has-the-comparative-advantage-or-neither-has-...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...