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How not to use Natural Language Processing

Making simple things compicated

I needed a script written to copy a set of blog posts (including this one) to another site.

I wrote up a solid description of the task (I used to teach requirements analysis) and tried to post it to fiverr.

Unfortunately, fiverrs’ NLP decided that the task was not scripting but rather content creation.

Six rewrites enabled fiverr to miscategorize in a variety of different ways.

I eventually gave up and posted:


  • Title

    python script

  • Description

    I need a Python script written that does what is described in the description. If I try to put the actual description here, it won’t allow any plausible category for the project.


But within 90 seconds, some has offered to write the script, so perhaps it doesn’t matter much; but I do wonder how many potential customers they lose.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals


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