The Jargon File

Heavy Lifting

Code that requires a significant amount of work to restructure in some way, but is not actually technically difficult.

Hackers are more than willing to spend time on people who are willing to learn, and willing to get their hands dirty.  When you're just learning to program, doing some heavy lifting for experienced hackers will demonstrate both of these things, and earn you more currency than you might think in the hacker economy.
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