I was recently viewing a few SO questions that addressed the exact same issue (i.e., duplicate question). However, the SO community responses were so drastically different in the most un-intuitive way.
The posts in question are:
My concerns are these: I accept that doing a simple task such as finding a random element is relatively easy to find, and thus Googling and checking the documentation WOULD have easily given the OP his answer. However,
1) Despite the latter question being asked in 2008 and the former in 2012, what makes the (b) question--which provides absolutely no whathaveyoutried.com content and no critical thinking about the problem--a +97 upvoted question, and (b) a -3 downvoted question to be immediately flamed?
2) How much does reputation influence co-operation to the OP? Summing up Ray Vega's (b) reputation up until the point he asked this question, he was at 1899. By contrast, Fraz (a) was at 552. I feel like if he had 5 rep (new user), he would be even moreso reprimanded for not doing due-diligence (which I subjectively feel he has), but this is inconsistent, as (b) asked a question that clearly 'shows no research effort' and is lauded.
3) Does the overall utility of the question explain this huge discrepancy? Is (a) being punished because he was attempting to supply his use case?