What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 122 Stack Exchange communities.

Do we answer questions which require workarounds for illegal software? Example here (see comments on the answer by csauve). On one of the questions, the poster specifically states that he's using "Visual Basic 6 Portable" which is an illegal copy of VS. He specifically notes that an answer doesn't work for him because he's using an illegal version of the software. Similar to the following two questions:

share|improve this question
6  
Remove the reference to "VB6 Portable", is his question still valid? –  user7116 Apr 2 '12 at 18:00
    
It's a valid question, but he said a valid answer to his question didn't work because it didn't work for his illegal software. –  mydogisbox Apr 2 '12 at 18:05
2  
Replace "illegal software" with "some strange version specific requirement". Would you close it as too localized or leave the question open for others to answer? –  user7116 Apr 2 '12 at 18:06
    
The problem is not so much the question, but rather the lack of an accepted answer. He got several valid answers to his question, but hasn't accepted them because they don't work with his illegal copy of vb6. All legal copies work just fine with the given answers. –  mydogisbox Apr 2 '12 at 18:08
    
@mydogisbox: The checkbox belongs to the OP. They can accept an answer for any reason or no reason, or not accept an answer at all. The lack of a checkbox is not a satisfactory reason to close the question, regardless of the cause. –  Robert Harvey Apr 2 '12 at 18:12
    
@RobertHarvey Right, except that his question should include that it has to work for Visual Basic 6 Portable (he states as much in the comments) and VB6 Portable is illegal software. If it was simply that he didn't like the current answers that is fine, but he's asking for help using his illegal software. –  mydogisbox Apr 2 '12 at 18:16
2  
I don't see any such request there, other than one comment the OP made in passing, the answer to which is "well, find a legitimate copy of VB6 then." –  Robert Harvey Apr 2 '12 at 18:18
1  
Does even MS care about this? VB6 is EOL. Whoever wasted their time on this needs to get cracking on "Visual Studio Portable." –  Won't Apr 2 '12 at 19:03
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 17 down vote accepted

It doesn't matter how he procured VB6, you flag it for moderator attention because he's using VB6. If the original poster was reasonably intelligent about his predicament, he could have stated that his machine appeared not to have the files.

There is no sense in worrying about those details while answering questions on StackOverflow; we're not Intellectual Property Police.

If you feel his question cannot be reasonably answered due to the original poster's specific circumstances: vote to close as Too Localized.

share|improve this answer
    
+1... However, the question (and its answers) are still valid for those folks that have a legitimate VB6 environment. –  Robert Harvey Apr 2 '12 at 18:14
    
Thanks, rephrased my last sentence to say what I meant to mean to say. –  user7116 Apr 2 '12 at 18:15
1  
+1, we answer to the circumstances presented, not to how they got the platform (why do we care?). A valid question is a valid question. Unfortunately, many of these are too localized simply because they can't be reproduced easily. –  Tim Post Apr 2 '12 at 18:15
add comment

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .