So, is it OK to put small programming requests on StackOverflow? Say, like, could someone write something that could do this in 50 lines or less?

Or not?

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I don't necessarily think that is a legitimate use of StackOverflow. We already have contention about homework problems. Asking someone now to actually write a solution for you for a problem (without at least making an honest attempt yourself) is not likely to be accepted widely by the community.

  • OK, I definitely understand that. Thanks for the answer.
    – Nathaniel
    Sep 18, 2009 at 4:28
  • +1, I usually dislike people that come to "ask teh code" (did I spell it good ?) Sep 18, 2009 at 12:40

If you are looking for someone to write your code for you, the answer is NO. If you are looking for something like the numerous code-golf questions, the reactions are mixed, but I say that for a Friday afternoon, it is a good time had by those interested.


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