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Does your bug involve a library you don’t understand?

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person (thinking): UGH, requests is NOT working how I expected it to!

I like to convert my code using that library into a tiny standalone program which has the same bug:

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giant buggy program => 20 lines of buggy code

I find this makes it WAY EASIER to experiment and ask for help. And if it turns out that library actually has a bug, you can use your tiny program to report it.

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