I do this kind of thing All. The. Time.

Just the other day I wanted a list of animal species for a random adjective-plus-animal generator (for a game). A quick search found me a good webpage with a list of animals on, but they were in groups and a copy-paste would have needed some tidying. So I did a quick inspect, wrote a one-liner, and extracted exactly what I needed in the format I wanted. Easy.

Sometimes I’ll do more-complicated things with background fetch requests and persistent storage and what have you. But as often, all I’m looking to do is nab some data from a page written for humans, and this kind of hackery is ideal.