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More generally, does Programmers accept questions of a customer service nature having to do with Apple's app submission process?

Example:

https://stackoverflow.com/q/8922619/102937

Do you think Apple will reject my application if it is using this code ?

+ (BOOL)isJailbroken 
{
    BOOL jailbroken = NO;
    NSString *cydiaPath = @"/Applications/Cydia.app";
    NSString *aptPath = @"/private/var/lib/apt/";

    if ([[NSFileManager defaultManager] fileExistsAtPath:cydiaPath]) {
        jailbroken = YES;
    }

    if ([[NSFileManager defaultManager] fileExistsAtPath:aptPath]) {
        jailbroken = YES;
    }

    return jailbroken;
}
  • did you forget the "we are not customer service/support" or whatever that section of what stack overflow is not was called? – Ryathal Jan 10 '13 at 16:40
  • @Ryathal: "What Stack Overflow is Not" was deleted. – Robert Harvey Jan 10 '13 at 17:52
  • its deletion does not invalidate its points. – Ryathal Jan 10 '13 at 18:05
  • @Ryathal: Yes, it does. You have to debate the point all over again. – Robert Harvey Jan 10 '13 at 18:06
  • answering homework questions, being Google, being X product customer support didn't magically become acceptable for a brief period while they were re-debated, a crude but useful explanation of why they are all unacceptable was deleted not the rules themselves. – Ryathal Jan 10 '13 at 18:13
  • @Ryathal: Well, I got it on the record here. – Robert Harvey Jan 10 '13 at 18:17
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No we shouldn't accept questions like this.

Why not?

In the general case we don't know what Apple's (or Microsoft's for that matter) acceptance criteria are. We would only be guessing.

In the specific case we could make a good guess that they would reject it - but it would still be a guess.

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    I'm inclined to agree for Stack Overflow as well. People complain vociferously when I close these questions there, but why should we do Apple's customer service for them (badly)? – Robert Harvey Jan 10 '13 at 16:13
  • Good answer, I'll add that the question is likely to be too localised: no-one else is going to be submitting the same app, the review rules change over time. – user4051 Feb 12 '13 at 11:43

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