How about this one?
Yesterday I received a PM with this subject line:
I have no idea what to do hep plzz.
The body of the message contained just the problem statement.
I wondered why I had been chosen so I checked the users profile to see if I had any history of interaction with him. The guy joined yesterday and had made no posts yet.
I am assuming that he sent this PM to numerous members in the hope that someone would respond with a complete solution.
Have you guys/gals gotten many PM's like this?
I did respond, asking him to show his work so far and offering to help with the details.
I also warned him that I am an amateur. I'll be surprised if I hear back!
On the upside, his problem requires input validation - which I know I'm weak on - so I looked into it and learned a few new things! I guess I could thank him for that!
@Albatross and Disch: Thanks. I think I'll follow Disch's approach if it occurs again.
Also, regarding THAT GUY who frequently bashes C++ and claims the superiority of other languages ( I think one of them starts with an S ), his posts add entertainment value here! Especially in light of the reactions sometimes provoked!
Seriously though, I've found value in his posts because they remind me that I should know more than one programming language.