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I think student profiles should by default contain information on what type of school they are currently enrolled in. If we could immediately check -- without having to continually ask -- whether the student was in high school or college or a trade school, and if in high school whether with a standard or an online program, then we would immediately have a better sense of that student's context and thus how to respond to questions.

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    That info would certainly be useful to the tutors, but I think there are more important privacy/safety concerns about that. Especially with respect to the younger (i.e., middle school and high school) users. There are some creeps out there (and probably, occasionally, on here) and I can see a lot of potential for abuse if users are required to provide info which identifies them as being in a certain age group. In my experience, educational levels can usually be inferred by the level of the question being asked and by how well it's asked and answers / explanations can usually be kept on par with that pretty easilly. If I'm not sure the person on the other end understands the answer, I find it helpful to ask them and take them through it step by step if they don't.

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    No, I know there is a problem with safety. I wonder whether there's a better way for OS to vet each of us as we sign up? I suppose that's difficult online. It's just, I end up having to ask these questions individually, sometimes more than once, as I can't keep everyone straight. There are many clues to educational level in the questions, but there are many senior high kids out there who write like they're 6th graders. And in that squishy age group, where a kid might be in 11th or 12 grade or might instead be a freshman in college, it's crucial to know for a writing assignment whether this person's context is high school or college. The leap from what is expected even in the last year of high school to what is expected at the start of college can be enormous.

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    Totally agreed. There are seniors in high school who write (and think) like 6th graders. There are 9th graders who write (and think) like college students. They all visit the site wanting different things (i.e., homewor answers on one hand and to go above and beyond on the other) and only what they post on the site gives any indication of what intellectual level they are at. I see that as a compelling reason not include an educational level in their profile. The high school student at a middle school level has no use for a high school answer. A high school student at a college level has no use for a high school answer either. Educational level is not a one-to-one relationship with intellectual or academic level; I think this site probably ends up with a disproportionate number of people who are mismatched with their grade in both respects and I think it would be a bad idea to start basing how it treat people on an artificial and deeply flawed classification scheme.

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    Well, that's true. I was thinking more in terms of the expectations of the teachers at the various levels, mainly in broad strokes with respect to junior high, senior high, and college. The student's own capabilities are one factor, but what he/she is being expected to accomplish is another. And I'm thinking primarily with respect to writing.

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    I think it's the student's / asker's responsibility to make clear what he or she is trying to accomplish in the question. Or in follow up discussion to the answer. There have definitely been instances where I have misjudged the expectations of the person I'm interacting with and have had to go back and clarify my posts.

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