One thing I don't like as homework has crept up is that now (and I am guilty of this too) we often ask "is this homework?". If we get rid of homework we should also stop this behavior too.
Instead, we should use the criteria Ninefingers suggested in the answer on the related question.
The descriminant is whether the question is fundamentally well typed out and shows prior research/a clear problem, not whether it may or may not be an assignment.
This is true whether or not the question is homework, so we really don't need to know. At that point, it doesn't matter if the OP's question is homework.
The only problem I see with this stance is that sometimes questions are so easy that it is simpler for me to write out an answer than to comment "what research/work have you done", wait for them to update, then give an answer. So a lot of times I just write out the answer.
Anyways, I propose we:
- Remove the homework tag from all questions
- Ask SE to blacklist it
- Stop asking people if their question is homework
- Do a better job of requiring proof of some basic research so that the site doesn't turn into a question answering service