On the main SO site, any questions with the word "best" in them have a warning automatically displayed:

warning for question with "best" in title

Based on some recent questions [1][2], I want to propose a similar warning for our site if the question has "assignment" in it, with the following wording:

Your question appears limited in scope... please ensure it's within site guidelines before posting.


  • I agree, I've been trying to come up with a question that would contain the word "assignment" and still be relevant to this site, and I couldn't find any. And as long as it is just a warning, that can't harm.
    – user102
    Commented Feb 26, 2012 at 22:43
  • In the first example you give 'assignment' was actually misspelt in the submission version ('assignmet', based on the URL), so ironically this wouldn't have flagged it...
    – arboviral
    Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 8:11

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I think it's a pretty clever idea, but it should probably be phrased somewhat softer than the Stack Overflow warning for "best". Because, for example, there's some teaching related questions that I can see having 'assignment' in the title, and we don't want to drive those away.

  • That's a good point, I've been trying to think of the best language. I've updated the text, what do you think?
    – eykanal
    Commented Feb 27, 2012 at 13:07
  • I like it better. It should function as a warning/note rather than the much stronger "You're thread's probably going to get closed"
    – Fomite
    Commented Feb 27, 2012 at 15:53
  • This works for now; we can revise as needed if it doesn't appear to be getting the job done.
    – aeismail
    Commented Feb 27, 2012 at 23:13

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