"Research" threads


Can anything be done about the growing influx of "research" threads where either students or supposed professors are using the forums to conduct polls or focus groups on particular subjects for their assignments? I feel these types of threads don't foster actual discussion, and they're impossible to simply avoid - five times now in the past couple days (and twice in a row today) I've clicked on what appeared to be a normal thread, only to have the author claiming to be conducting research for their school.

My feeling is that this is a forum for discussion; I think it's fine to use forums for research, but only by looking at what's already, organically there. Tricking people into doing your homework for you with a bait & switch topic title crosses a line.

At minimum, can there be some kind of requirement that people label these in the thread title so they can at least be avoided?