MetaPhile: We need a forum just for student questions

joeclark's picture

Nearly every week, students show up to ask questions based on their coursework. Some of these questions are plainly an appeal for us to do their work for them and should be deleted. Others show that the student has done some work and just needs a nudge or a pointer, and those are fine.

But the fact remains that these student discussions are a species unto themselves. They need their own space. They certainly are not “general” discussions.

Christian Robertson's picture

Typophile was started as a student project. Students have always been welcome here. When I joined Typophile as a student (in its first year), it was hard to get any information on type design. It seemed to me that trade secrets were the name of the game. Part of the original intent of Typophile was to make typography and type design accessible to students and even *gasp* hobbyists. I hope this always remains true.

hrant's picture

Doesn't make sense.
For one thing, I'm a student.


joeclark's picture

Students will continue to be welcome. Student questions need their own forum. Half the time they are ill-disguised attempts to get us to do their homework for them, often at deadline and typically using misspelled, all-lower-case postings. I covered this in the bug report, and, Christian, you aren’t really responding to it, but that is a classic Typophile dodge.

Quincunx's picture

I agree. A separate forum for student questions is a very good idea, actually a very logical one. And implemented in a minutes time?

cuttlefish's picture

There should be some guidelines established, both for how students present their questions and how they are answered. In my opinion, constructive advice in general terms is fine, as is referring toward other research material, and I'd say it's fair to call out glaring errors. To the point that it becomes doing their homework for them, that is to be prevented. How do we set the limits?

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