Or Mr.Wizard's jigsaw and trie questions (and several more by others)
While the standard response to a gimme-da-codez question is "What have you tried?", I think an unwritten metric that everyone uses to evaluate it is "Is this person a freeloader?". Since I have no information on that for a new user or one who has only asked several questions here, I go with asking them to show effort. On the other hand, if it is an established member of this community who has continuously contributed to the site and helped others, I don't mind it as long as it is not rampant.
@acl @Szabolcs I'm afraid I wouldn't even know how to phrase my question intelligently since I literally know 0 about Mathematica. Maybe once I create some code of my own, I can at least ask the community to improve it