So, yet another CC problem has been trashed by the OP, and what replies remain are disjoint and meaningless without context.
Is it even worth bothering with these threads?
If it's not a flat out copy/paste of the assignment without any effort, it's some half-baked brute-force attempt which inevitably results in Time Limit Exceeded.
Even where the OP seems genuine, drive-by 1-post malcontents start flagging things like crazy.
So, replying in any substantive form seems like a waste. If it doesn't go over the OP's head, someone else will flag it to stop the OP getting their free lunch. Either way, the long-term benefit to the wider community is zilch.
the same may be said about the usual homework questions, but I think that the problem in this case case is that the op is being reported, and as they are a new user, the account is banned and their posts deleted.
> it's some half-baked brute-force attempt which inevitably results in Time Limit Exceeded.
somewhere they need to learn about algorithm complexity
> drive-by 1-post malcontents start flagging things like crazy.
sorry, don't understand what you mean.
> Either way, the long-term benefit to the wider community is zilch.
as almost any of the other questions here
About the question in question, I was originally going to string the OP along, but instead said something sensible. But like you say, the braindead keep coming, "can you explain it some more?" What are these people even doing? Why are they bothering with these "competitions" if they can't even think straight?
(And I hear Chef's a bit iffy.)
But overall, who cares?
People should "answer" if they feel like it.
I generally don't.
I have no idea why occasionally I do.
But really, who cares?
The meaningless thread will sink and disappear.
The stupid will remain stupid.
The world will keep turning.
And eventually we will all die.
Sorry, I don't get this, could edit your original post. I made a poem aswell.
Suprisingly, I am unfamiliar with this codechef pandemic. Can you more restrictively explain the actual distasteful element?
Little Elisk Cutter
Towered a gutter
Relishing a bag of pumpkin seeds
He put in his finger
Pulled out a ringer and said
what a good programmer am I...
He choked on the pit, and died
With little, to care for his demise
CodeChef specifically bills itself as a platform to highlight a programmer’s abilities (in addition to the also-stated goal to help people gain programming skills).
I have personally been asked to practice on various sites by recruiters (though not CF). Unfortunately, many companies (particularly in places like India) appear to at least consider potential talent from CodeChef results. At the very least, doing well on CodeChef is something that potential employees can point to.
I make no claim as to how common this is, though I will agree it is a pretty stupid hiring metric.
People cheat on CodeChef for the same reason they cheat anywhere else: pecuniary gain. Getting a well-paying job is worth it to them. (Even if the method is flawed; they have been led to believe it is worth their time.)
And, unfortunately, there are a lot of places that don’t have very high quality hiring practices...
heh. I dislike cheating but if to get hired you need a good score on a horrible site like that, then yea, I probably would cheat too. I know I can code. I can solve practical well stated problems too. I can make the code run fast (recently beat down code that ran 2 sec/million to 0.4 on a real world real time problem). I can do all that and still not have the patience to deal with poorly worded integer math problems 90% of which have no practical value while trying to compete with loads of people that cheat on top of it all.
I think at last part of the focus of the original question here was about answering posts from Codechef participants, and how many are "drive by" posters, rather demanding, sometimes quite argumentative, and generally a detriment to this site.
So, while CodeChef itself has questionable "contests" (even Euler Project questions have somewhat similar properties), when a detailed question appears from a person with 1 or 2 posts - a lot of responders (and regulars) are starting to resent their appearance.