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By Petr, history, 3 years ago, In English

In today's TopCoder SRM 816, the hard problem was a textbook flow problem (which was given previously as "Hard Life" on NEERC 2006 and probably in other places).

Out of 9 accepted solutions:

  • 2 use somebody else's flow code that can be found on the Internet
  • 1 uses somebody else's full solution for Hard Life that can be found on the Internet

According to TopCoder rules, this is not allowed (see "Using pre-written code" here).

Normally, this rule is not a big deal. However, in case of a textbook problem like this one, using code that can be found on the Internet gives a huge advantage. I knew that it's a well-known problem, but I did not copy-paste old code from somebody else because it is against the rules. Other people did, and got higher score, which is unfair.

I'm not a fan of this rule, and I'd prefer copy-pasting code from others was allowed as it is on almost all other platforms, but in the current state it leads to a disadvantage for me because I follow the rule and some others don't.

Topcoder admins, could you either declare that you won't enforce this rule, or declare that you will? misof Topcoder_Updates

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