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I'm starting to write an file-hosting website like Rapidshare. Can I ask requirements for the subject? It is programming related in the end and I don't want to hit an iceberg after I start coding. Yet I don't know if it would be closed.

edit: For people who think it would be advertising and stuff. It's not a site I plan to launch. It's a school project. I just want to know how I should define the scope.

The ones I have thought so far:
-Files should be in a non-shared folder
-They probably should have their own folders
-Server has to manage processes that transmit data to user

I'm new to web programming. I just want to have a basic guideline.

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I would say no, that's more of a marketing thing and too close advertising your own product/site. Programming / code questions you have while writing the site, that's different.

Have a look at this question on SO for tips on what technical details to include when building a new site:

What should a developer know before building a public web site?

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My thoughts exactly. It's not a question for programmers, it's a question for users. – Adam Davis Feb 23 '10 at 18:25
But it's not a product. It's just a school project. I just wanna do it as best as I can. Since I'm new in web-programming, I may miss some major points. – Ufuk Hacıoğulları Feb 23 '10 at 18:41
@Narsil - that's great and I understand where you're coming from! Requirements for a specific site, however, are very localized to that site, which is outside of the scope of SO. "What do I need to include for this type of web site" is not going to fly. "What do I need to do for my site to make it work in MVC", for example, will get you farther. – squillman Feb 23 '10 at 18:51
I think I understand. Thanks – Ufuk Hacıoğulları Feb 23 '10 at 18:55
@Narsil: see my edit for a good list of technical details for new sites. – squillman Feb 25 '10 at 15:45
I am gonna check it Thanks – Ufuk Hacıoğulları Feb 27 '10 at 12:20

I think requirements analysis is fine fodder for a programming site, we'd have much better programs out there with more up-front thought. Just make sure you're clearly asking for Technical Requirements, like "What method would I use in to read a file in?" (made up).

StackOverflow is not the place for User Requirements.

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Requirements analysis is very different from collecting requirements... – Adam Davis Feb 23 '10 at 18:24
@Polly, hmmm, I see your points from your comments on both answers. I was thinking of more technical requirements, but it does look like he means 'user requirements'. I've edited my answer. – Lance Roberts Feb 23 '10 at 18:30

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