Fellows, I've wrote this meditation as an answer to the "Is a good place to find homework answers?" question at the Perl Monks FAQ. I would love to receive comments and considerations on this before I ask the Editors to place this and translate it to my mother tongue, brazilian portuguese. Please consider the article and drop me a note if you know something interesting about this matter.

Is a good place to find homework answers?

The proper answer to this question is no. You shouldn't post any homework question to hoping somebody will handle you an answer. This is cheating, and will not teach you perl, nor teach you whatever you're studying.
By the other hand, you can post questions about your homework, asking for deeper insight or explanation about constructs and dialects you find.

In other words: never, ever ask a Perl Monk to do your home work. Ask us about things that could help you doing it yourself. This will keep you receiving the needed information and keep the monks away from sin.

As stated here and here, most part of the monks here knows how to identify questions related to homework, and will normally refuse to answer them properly. This not means that they will not answer you. They just will not give you what you want.

As a last advice to the begginers and those willing to get easy answers to homework, please read this article.

Finally, to the fellow monks willing to answer homework questions, I advice you read this note.


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Re: Is a good place to find homework answers?
by pfaut (Priest) on Jul 15, 2003 at 22:00 UTC

    You might want to see Is PM a good place to get answers for homework? which hasn't yet been linked from the FAQ index. If you would like to write documentation for the site, it would help keep things coordinated and reduce duplication of effort if you joined the site documentation clan. Send a /msg to SiteDocClan indicating your desire to join.

    90% of every Perl application is already written.
Re: Is a good place to find homework answers?
by dws (Chancellor) on Jul 16, 2003 at 00:34 UTC
Re: Is a good place to find homework answers?
by grinder (Bishop) on Jul 16, 2003 at 07:11 UTC

    For me, mjd wrote the definitive answer as to whether one should answer homework questions. It's something I've kept in mind ever since.

    Other than that, I can't quite accept the notion that one shouldn't post any homework questions here: most people will happily answer such questions if it is clear that the person has shown reasonable effort to solve the problem on their own. I think Perlmonks is a good place to find homework answers. Usually all it takes is to search for the topic you're interested in, or browsing Q&A.

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Re: Is a good place to find homework answers?
by Anonymous Monk on Jul 16, 2003 at 03:30 UTC

    Why don't you write a tutorial about Super Search?

    (And learn how to use it yourself in the process) ...