Can we post questions asking for ideas on term papers and field work on specific topics? I didn't find any related open question. The one that I found was closed and was tagged 'opinion based'.

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    $\begingroup$ What is "Termpaper"? Is it your examination? If yes, then the question would be a homework. You should fulfill all requirements for a homework question for it to be considered on-topic. I'm sure you know the rules. In any cases you cannot ask for ideas because that qualifies as opinion-seeking; it would be primarily opinion based. $\endgroup$
    Aug 19, 2016 at 17:21
  • $\begingroup$ Termpaper is a long essay prepared after reading different papers on a specific topic. Yes it is a part of examination. Even if I fulfill the criteria of homework question can such questions still find a place in Biology stack exchange? $\endgroup$
    – Tyto alba
    Aug 19, 2016 at 17:36
  • $\begingroup$ Depends on how you ask. $\endgroup$
    Aug 19, 2016 at 17:49

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We get questions looking for ideas for science projects at all levels, from grade school teachers to university students, and these questions are almost all closed as either "Primarily Opinion-Based" or "Too Broad", depending on the question and how the close-voters interpret it. Questions asking for ideas for term papers (it's two words, not one) or field work would be just as off-topic.

Stack Exchange questions are supposed to be answerable based on facts or specific expertise, not opinions or vague suggestions. These types of questions actively encourage opinion-based answers and spam, which is why they are not allowed.


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