Just for fun, I’ve been working my way through an old college textbook for vector mechanics. I’m stuck on one of the problems, and would like to post a thread asking for help. Would that run afoul of the “no homework questions” policy? It is homework of a sort, but not for any formal class.
Also. I was going to send this question by PM to a mod, but in the new software (can it still be called new at this point?) I can’t find any means to do that. Is there some way to contact a mod for a particular forum, other than flagging a post?
No. It would not run afoul of the “no homework” policy. The “no homework” rule is basically don’t ask us to do your work for you. We used to have a problem with lazy students posting their homework here, but that hasn’t been an issue in a long time.
If you post a question out of the textbook, you are probably going to want to explicitly say in the post that this isn’t homework so that everyone knows the context.
You wouldn’t be the first person to pick up an old textbook and post a question about it. We encourage these types of posts.