Would it be useful to have a tag for exercise problems and questions about standard textbook material, or other educational material, like online courses and the like?
The idea would be to use them to tag a certain type of questions, namely questions relating to educational material in the field of quantum information and computation. It should not matter whether these are actual homework or not, and the tag name should be chosen accordingly.
The advantages I see would be that it would allow for an improved filtering of questions (which is a key purpose of tags).
- We have a fair share of users who are new to the field. For them, this would allow to find answers to textbook-level questions which they might be looking more easily. (That is, they could choose a topical tag + the "exercise" tag to find corresponding answers.)
- Users who are interested in providing good canoncial answer to standard material can find them more easily. Having good answers to these questions is very valuable, so I think the site could profit from that.
- Users who don't like to see those type of questions can avoid them more easily, and thereby be directed to the research-level questions. This could make the site more attractive to expert users who would like to focus on those type of questions.
So I think there is a number of advantages to having such a tag.
There might be potential issues with the fact that the tag is a bit diffuse -- where exactly do we draw the limit of "textbook-type questions" -- but I am optimistic that this can be settled. I also feel that even if such cases exist (like for many other tags!), these would not tend to lead to emotional discussions, as it is the case for the [homework-and-exercises] tag on physics. The latter (even if not meant to be like that) gives the impression to assign blame for posting homework. This is not at all my intention with this tag: The idea is solely to mark a certain type of problems, namely those which are considered educational and appear in textbooks, exercises, online courses, etc.. The tag should not assess whether this is actually homework, nor make the impression it does.
A key question would be to have a good name (not [homework-and-exercises]!). I would imagine something like textbook-and-exercises), but I am entirely open to suggestions!
Note that we already have a nielsen-and-chuang tag now, which seems well accepted, so tags of that kind seem fine on this site. Basically, I am asking for a more broad version of this tag which would encompass other textbooks and learning resources.