Seeing as I was specifically called out... Your argument seems to be "I only want the very most skilled programmers to be making hacks." Sorry, but I don't buy that at all. If the code is being made voluntarily available (as opposed to outright taking without permission, which I agree is wrong and shouldn't be done) then you've got no right to stand in an ivory tower and yell down THOU SHALT NOT USE WHAT THY HAST NOT WRITTEN from the battlements. As others have mentioned, you could maybe be the best sprite artist ever but cannot program for toffee - if having reference code to use will give us more high quality hacks I have zero issues with that at all. And who's to say they might not learn enough from the experience to eventually be able to write code themselves anyway?