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How should we deal with Google questions?

I have been going through a lot of questions that I have skipped, because when I read them, I think: "That can easily be googled". And sometimes I google those questions, come up with answers but just doesn't seem worth to post. This is more of like a moral dilemma and if those questions should be flagged as Other:"you can google that". Or is that too harsh of me. Should those questions be down-voted?


From a related question in the comments:

Questions with an answer that is trivial to find on Google are not helping the SO community. They are generating superfluous reputation, lowering the bar for asking genuine questions, and generally wasting people's time.

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marked as duplicate by BinaryMisfit, Time Traveling Bobby, ChrisF, Grant Thomas, Andrew Barber Feb 17 '12 at 9:17

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related:… As for cases like you describe, I'd post the answer-links you discover into question comments. – gnat Feb 17 '12 at 6:49
Great question, totally related! – El Developer Feb 17 '12 at 6:51
Related: How should we deal with Google questions? – Arjan Feb 17 '12 at 6:54
Hmm .. should I close this question being that there are already a few discussions? – El Developer Feb 17 '12 at 7:00
Related: Introduce a “general reference” close reason.... status-declined, alas. – Charles Feb 17 '12 at 7:32
Oh, don't worry, we've become quite efficient at closing questions. *eg* – Time Traveling Bobby Feb 17 '12 at 7:57
Or...well, just google it. ;) But to add something constructive, with enough time and knowledge nearly every question can be answered with a Google-Link. Though, some easier then others. The question is: Do you know it from the top of your head, or do you know how to find the answer? – Time Traveling Bobby Feb 17 '12 at 8:02
up vote 10 down vote accepted

Should those questions be down-voted?

Yes, yes, yes!

If something is completely and trivially answerable through Googling (like, you enter the question title and arrive at a full, satisfactory answer immediately, not after reading some huge document, but immediately), please

  • Downvote

  • Leave a polite comment that this is trivial to Google; if appropriate, point out which search keywords can be used

  • Closevote. A "general reference" close reason was declined for fear of misuse, so there isn't a really good close reason for this case; I, personally, tend to vote to close as Not a Real Question instead.


  • post an answer with a Google link
  • post a "Let me Google that for you" link
  • be rude
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+1 for "Leave a polite comment". – S.L. Barth Feb 17 '12 at 9:15
Makes sense and reading about the superfluous reputation it generates, probably also down-vote those answers? – El Developer Feb 17 '12 at 16:52

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