johnc0123456789 wrote:Hi all. Maybe somebody can fill me in on forum etiquette here, because I hardly ever use these things. What do people hope to accomplish by responding to a question by saying "just google it" or "I found 18 million hits when I searched this"?
johnc0123456789 wrote:Every single day I google something I want to know, find a nice forum or yahoo answers or something where somebody has asked my exact question, and the only responses are 1337 geniuses telling n00bzorz to google it. I understand that people asking the same questions over and over clogs up the forum with duplicates, but if you really want to make that point to somebody asking an old question, tell them what your search term is, show them a link to the previous thread, anything constructive.
johnc0123456789 wrote:If you really want to prove how snarky and obnoxious you are, post the url of a useful search at lmgtfy.com. Everybody knows about google, every forum has a sticky about what kind of research you're supposed to do before posting a question. News flash: it takes way longer to register at a forum and create a new thread than it does to search for something, and everybody knows that too. If you are really really annoyed by that umpteenth post about why little Timmy's wifi dongle doesn't work, just don't say anything! If you don't say anything, the stupid easily googleable question slides right off the bottom of the page. I promise.
johnc0123456789 wrote:Anyway, I thought I'd post this rant here because this site is one of the least offensive in that category. There is a great community here and I hope things stay that way, but I keep seeing room for improvement. Maybe the administrators could follow the lead of e.g. askbuntu and mark questions "closed because previously answered" with a link to the original thread. (Maybe this is already happening and I haven't seen it because I lurk so seldom)
Why do people respond to questions with "google it"?
pylkko wrote:It's definitely good practice to ignore questions where people are clearly trying to use you (the replier).
kreemoweet wrote:Some folks simply deserve to get snarled at. For instance, those who barge into a forum, without making the slightest effort to learn what the rules/expectations are, and quite obviously without having made the slightest attempt to find an answer "on their own". It's clearly a "screw everyone else, 'cuz it's all about ME" sort of attitude. It would be fabulous if such posts could be instantly locked by a moderator, with a pointer to the "What we expect you to have done first ... " thread. Failing that, it's left for whoever's on the spot to follow their inclinations.
kreemoweet wrote:Whenever I see someone throwing their pop bottle or candy wrapper on the ground, for "others" to deal with, I will verbally chastise them. I believe it is socially corrosive not to do so. I do not for a second believe that ignoring or accomodating such behavior works towards anything positive. It's the same deal on internet forums.
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