As some may be aware, there was a minor kerfuffle in the last 24 hours in a thread the root cause of which was, imo, a difference of opinion on what constitutes a request for help being related to homework or not.
Personally I agree in principle with not providing free code to blatant requests for code related to homework, especially if the op has not provided their code showing they are making an attempt. But since there is no way to be 100% certain whether a request is for "homework" or not it boils down to individual opinions on whether it is or not.
Personally, if an op provides code showing they are making an attempt I don't have an issue with providing code - complete or partial solutions - and I give the op the benefit of the doubt regarding whether the request is homework related or not because of the uncertainty.
After a bit of PM tennis in which I asked the 2 moderators who contacted me over the issue who decides on what is homework or not, one replied that he and the other moderators decided and the other replied saying that there is no way to be 100% sure and that we need to exercise "common sense" which to me means form our own opinion.
So in fairness to all members and in the hope we will all be on a level playing field from hereon can any moderator please
1) post a link or list the criteria (I haven't been able to find either) they as a group are using to decide what is homework or not in their adjudications.
2) clarify whether a request coming from someone who is teaching themselves, from a textbook or whatever, and not actually enrolled in some sort of course (where grades are given for work) is included in any criteria in 1)
I feel that if the status quo remains then the likelihood of a similar inadvertant clash as a result of differing opinions on what is "homework" is still there.