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4:01 PM
@DanielSank (a) my answer makes sense (b) when people write this is not homework they mean they haven't been set it as homework, but it would still qualify as homework-and-exercises as discussed in my answer.
 
Ok John, how about this:
> What is the matrix element <0|Q|1> for a transmon qubit?
Is that homework or an exercise?
No.
Should it be supported on this site?
No.
 
@DanielSank yes, much better, especially it narrows down to the specific concept and the range of answers the answerer should keep in mind of
 
Should it be rejected for the same reason as a homework problem?
Yes.
@Secret See what magic a little edit can do?
 
@DanielSank I don't understand the question so I can't comment.
 
@JohnRennie Replace it with
> What is the cross section for an electron scattering from a deuterium nucleus?
 
4:05 PM
That's a homework question.
 
Suppose I come to that question in the course of my research career at Google.
No, it's not.
I'm not doing homework. I'm doing research and I need to know this information.
 
Yes it is. If you do a course on scattering theory that's exactly the sort of problem you're going to be set as coursework.
 
@JohnRennie Oh my god.
Ok fine
What fields can I use for examples that you know stuff about?
 
Unless you're asking about experimental data ...
 
It's hard for me to pick an example that you won't refute as "I don't know that topic" but which is also a research question that I think should not be supported by our site.
 
@JohnRennie But now you're advocating a criterion for on- or off-topicness that presupposes some notion of "standard coursework". From my experience from this chat alone, what is thought to be a reasonable exercise during a "standard course" varies a lot
 
In general I wouldn't close any research question. I might not choose to answer it, but I wouldn't close it.
 
> What is the hyperfine splitting for an electron orbiting a deuterium nucleus, taking into account all terms in the standard model?
 
@JohnRennie I think it covers a part of what is now excluded by our current homework policy. Perhaps it could have been an alternate way of writing part of that policy, back in ye olde days when we made it. If it's meant to contribute anything toward the new policy, I'm afraid I don't see the connection.
 
@DanielSank : IMHO your revision is way too much. You should not rewrite questions like this.
 
4:09 PM
@JohnDuffield Noted.
 
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Q: Graduate and above level questions aren't homework

John RennieI know, I know, it's yet another Meta post about our homework policy. Feel free to downvote and write abusive comments if you're heartily sick of posts about the homework policy. If you're still with me: the homework classification for closing questions has never literally meant that your teache...

 
@JohnRennie Yeah, I think that's completely wrong.
 
18 upvotes - it's not just me.
 

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