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  1. May 10, 2014 #1


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    (last updated Oct 23, 2015 by jtbell)
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 23, 2015
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  3. Jun 6, 2017 #2
    I've seen a post where the OP doesn't show any attempt on solving the problem but manages to get some help from users. Like this one:https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/math-olympiad-number-theory.916126/ but this user has shown in history that he/she won't always leave the attempt blank. So it depends on the frequency I guess.
  4. Jun 6, 2017 #3


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    We try to catch those early and help the OP to learn that they need to show work. Please click the Report link in such threads to let the Mentors know. Thanks.
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