Checking a Number for Palindromic Behavior

Ethan Furman ethan at
Tue Oct 20 17:47:16 CEST 2009

Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> On Mon, 19 Oct 2009 13:29:52 -0700, Ethan Furman wrote:
>>Your arguments are most persuasive.  Consider me convinced.
>>Even if the worst-case scenario is true (homework problem, ack!), either
>>the poster will learn from the answer in which case all is well, or the
>>poster will not, in which case the final exam will show it.
> As far as I'm concerned, asking for help on homework without being honest 
> up-front about it and making an effort first, is cheating by breaking the 
> social contract. Anyone who rewards cheaters by giving them the answer 
> they want is part of the problem. Whether cheaters prosper in the long 
> run or not, they make life more difficult for the rest of us, and should 
> be discouraged.
> Don't support cheaters and cheating. Don't buy from spammers, don't 
> reward people for bad behaviour, and don't do homework for students 
> (hints to help them learn is one thing) unless you know that their school 
> allows collaboration. To do otherwise is part of the problem.

If you know that's the situation, absolutely.  If you don't, it's a 
judgement call.


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