Is it OK to ask a question like "Could you write a program that [does stuff]?"

Excluding code golf, most people seem to draw the line at actually writing a program, but is it OK to at least ask?

EDIT: Is it OK to look for a pair programming partner here?

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    The answer still no.
    – Maniero
    Dec 28, 2010 at 18:35

2 Answers 2



  1. It's rude.
  2. The system isn't designed for that sort of large-scale code sharing.
  3. It's off-topic for Programmers.SE.

This isn't "Rent-A-Coder".


What would be the point of such a question? The answers would boil down to "yep, I could" or "nope, I couldn't".

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    LOL! Ah, it's my 5th grade teacher again! Of course, I meant "would"? IE, the answer would be the program itself.
    – user11586
    Dec 24, 2010 at 23:34
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    @barrycarter I wasn't sure. The way your question is worded read to me like you wouldn't actually ask people to write the code.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Dec 24, 2010 at 23:39
  • I just saw your point. I might ask people here if they COULD do it, and then contact them offsite to negotiate. But, no, I'm actually asking people to write programs.
    – user11586
    Dec 25, 2010 at 0:02

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