Reference is made to this question on stackoverflow:
One of the users stated in the comments on the question thus (I paraphrase because the comment has since been removed):
Just google this and you will find the answer
Another user quipped (Again, I paraphrase because the comments have been removed):
Down-vote all the answers
And indeed someone (not sure it was the same user) proceeded to down vote all the answers on the question.
I know that the question was eventually deemed as a duplicate (and rightly so), and there has been some discussion regarding how to deal with google-type questions like:
- Show “Have you tried Google yet?”
- How should we deal with Google questions?
- Is it bad to ask google searchable questions on Stack Overflow
- To Google or not to Google…Complexity of SO questions?
Should there be a section in the FAQ explaining to users how to judge between google type questions that are not fit for SO and related sites?
Secondly, how should the community deal with people who down-vote others that seek to post answers on such questions? I know there is fraud detection, but I am not sure it captures this scenario?