Some questions ask things which involve circumventing encryption in the answer.

There are also questions which ask how to write programs for getting homebrew software running, while certain company fills lawsuits against homebrews applications enablers.

Is it acceptable to ask or answer such questions?

  • In the case of this, there's the fact that the abusive flag is too general, so they have been dismissed. I recognize creating a flagging category for illegal contents would be part of another question. Commented Mar 15, 2014 at 23:12
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    Given that virus writing questions are ok I'm guessing this is fine (assuming all the usual on topicness rules are followed) Commented Mar 15, 2014 at 23:15
  • There are no "abusive" flags on the post you linked. There are two offensive flags (one on the question, one on the accepted answer), both of which were declined.
    – user102937
    Commented Mar 15, 2014 at 23:19
  • @RichardTingle : "not those openly illicit" which seems to be the case of some answers here. Commented Mar 15, 2014 at 23:52
  • By "illicit", do you mean illegal? I don't see any violations of the law (though I only know US law) there. Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 0:03
  • @MichaelPetrotta: I was quoting an answer from the link Ricard Tingle posted. Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 0:22
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    My own stance is that I won't touch them. The more clearly abusive ones may get downvoted/flagged. But in the end, it's the admins who are responsible for defining the community standard -- it's their server, it's their responsibility.
    – keshlam
    Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 1:31
  • @RobertHarvey : Ok, I was applying those rules to stackoverflow which is a mistake. Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 1:56
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    Yeah, hard to see the equivalence between reverse-engineering a savegame and hacking into someone's email. Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 2:36
  • @MichaelPetrotta : I didn't said where the mistake was :) . Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 2:43


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