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Naturally, before I ask a question on a forum or site like Stack Overflow, I'll first search the sites themselves and on Google for the answer.
How long should I do so before I give up and post the question?
I find that there are some questions I can find the answer to online eventually. However, it takes some serious searching, as it's not immediately apparent with the search terms that I thought were obvious, or the site where the answer lies isn't Google-indexed well.
If I give up too early, I'm just being lazy, which is obvious when the answers I get are just links to other sites or blogs which already contain the answer, but didn't show up immediately in my searches.
Whats the (n)etiquette, threshold?