it's not so much about the homework to me, maybe itt'l be a career-ender, maybe not. If it's a class someone hates anyway, i don't see the social harm in just trying to get it over with as easily and quickly as possible. I would hate for the next watson or crick to wash out of biology because they failed an intro comp sci course, which have quite the meat-grinder reputation, at least here where UIUC's CS is among the best programs in the world. That said, i personally won't help anyone cheat if i can help it.
i also realize, now, that my reputation is worth far more than $50. Somehow my new employer came across my postings here before i was hired. Didn't take a rocket scientist to make the connection. I would hate for them to have seen something to the effect of "i don't care about honesty, just gimme the fifty bucks". I have a lot of great work posted, and relatively few not-so-proud posts (i think). Beyond that, $50 is not really worth the effort of arranging payment and dealing with follow-up emails. I wouldn't consider any freelance work that started at under $1000, but that's me.
to me, offering a paid answer via PM is the greater dis-service. Look at the view/post ratio on many of these posts. Those and the common resurrection of ancient threads lead me to believe that far more people are served by a answer than just the OP. This is why SO wouldn't put up with such malarkey.
It's fair to say that we don't know the OP, his class, or it's rules. Sometimes it's allowed to get help online. This is likely a bit too much help for even liberal academic comfort, but i'm not going to throw stones. I just wish that whenever an problem to a vexing challenge is found that the answers could be peer-reviewed. Otherwise, how is the OP to know if he got a good answer or not?
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