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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Getting out of Beta - Again

Every now and then we have a discussion about getting out of beta. So I thought it might be time to have one again. My understanding is that all the Area 51 criteria no longer matter and the only ...
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Two years in Beta

This is how we enter our third year in beta: ..while traffic in the last one and a half month shows an almost trigonometric regularity: In my point of view, and given the peculiarities of the ...
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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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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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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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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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Where are we now?

I haven't seen anything on the overall health of econ.se for a while. How is econ.se doing relative to other beta stack exchanges? Is usage growing, has it plateaued, or is it declining? Is quality ...
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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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EconOverflow: Yay or Nay?

Based on this question, I've decided to ask mine. So, what would be the pros and cons of creating a EconOverflow? I ask this, but I assume that most who would commit to the overflow, would abide ...
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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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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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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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What can we learn from other SE sites?

I recently had to search some historical facts and used History Stack Exchange. I noticed that community there requires people to provide evidence of attempt at finding solution even to non-homework ...
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Nominating Possible New Moderators

So for those of you in the loop, we have two active moderators pro tempore from the original three that were instated manually by the Stack Exchange staff. After 1001 days in the Beta game, it's not ...
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Econ.SE Potential Moderator Election -- Community Interest Check

Our longtime colleague Ubiquitous is stepping down as moderator, so let me take a moment to say thanks for your contributions to our site, both as a moderator and as a member. So now the site has two ...
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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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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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Congratulations on the book we all wrote

Just for your entertainment: There is a guy, George Duckett, who webscraped most SE sites and "published" the content into "books". Now he also has one for Economics, and if you have answered some ...
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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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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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1403 days in the beta

An update from our previous check up on the health of the site. The important stuff, like % answered and answer ratio are still about the same. Questions per day is up, but perhaps that is due to ...
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Should a new moderator be elected?

Of the three moderators this community has, one seems to be gone. Would not be time to call an election to choose a successor? (or other method, if more appropriate for a beta site). There seems to be ...
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Update to Homework Policy 2018

As a follow up to the post made by my fellow moderator ubiquitous Homework questions with scans of notes/exam papers An additional stanza will be added to our site's homework policy. however some ...
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5 days - Up to now, is this a satisfactory private Beta?

I say "5 days" because it has been 5 24-hour periods after I received notification from SE to join the private Beta. I have no experience from other private Betas, and certainly Q&A subjects ...
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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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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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Is asking about comments on some new paper off topic?

I mean there is usually new interesting papers that I would like to share with you with some critical summary and then being able to discuss it. Think of a pseudo reading group. Is it off topic?
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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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Post Removal and Rules Reminder

Recently, we had an answer on a particularly popular question that had a lot of answers from laypeople. The top answer argued that the wage gap outright did not exist. I saw a lot of flags over it ...
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Profiling when voting to close

According to the current guidelines we close questions that do not show sufficient effort at solution. Simetimes I find it more difficult to decide whether the effort described was serious. (I regard "...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Economics's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering, and ...
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Might accounting questions be on-topic?

It appears that the Accounting Stack Exchange Beta failed to launch. Reviewing the business and personal finance stack exchanges, it seems the economics stackexchange is the the best place to ask ...
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Rename "bounded rationality" tag?

We have a tag for questions on bounded rationality here, which goes by boundedrationality. Might we want to change this to ...
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Ranking of votes by reputation among top (+1k) users

I created a small query to produce a list of number of votes per reputation among +1k users (49 in total). This is, in my view, one of the many indicator of relative contribution to the site. Voting ...
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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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Scientific Rigor

Everyone and their mothers seem to have an opinion on why minimum wages are good/bad, no matter what was asked in the question. Clearly these kind of questions are attracting lots of visitors (2k ...
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Experts: how do you view these kinds of questions?

For this site to succeed, we need enough "experts" (meaning, for example, graduate students, academic economists, or professional economists) around to provide high quality answers. I am interested ...
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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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Mathematical Economics/Tag Abuse

Does anyone else feel like that Mathematical Economics tag gets abused (https://economics.stackexchange.com/questions/5531/production-theory, Derive a cost production function give prod f, only K, How ...

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