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So, we were talking in the JS chatroom and we came linking the noobiest questions possible, questions you can't really answer...

For example :

Because sometimes, we need it, a "lol" button near the "+1/-1" thingy would be great.

We should find ideas for what happen if we press the button though.

Suggestion from @AndyE:

x presses of the "lol" button results in your gravatar changing to a picture of a muppet.

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I don't understand ... I keep on trying to retag this always-friday-in-iceland , but it no worky .... THE OUTRAGE –  waffles Jan 17 '11 at 23:40
    
@waffles DESTROY THE HERETIC SYNONYM! SMITE IT WITH YOUR +2 BLESSED STAFF OF BURNINATION. –  badp Jan 18 '11 at 14:36
    
@waffles & @badp : Blame @YiJiang, he put the "fun" ;) –  Shikiryu Jan 18 '11 at 14:44

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Perhaps a 4 way voting arrow

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Maybe with a custom-built, Stack Overflow-branded D-pad. –  Michael Petrotta Jan 17 '11 at 19:05
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How is "lol" the opposite of "rofl"? –  badp Jan 17 '11 at 21:16
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@badp: yeah, it should be "omgwtf". –  Andy E Jan 18 '11 at 14:29

I don't know whether it should be called lol or not, but it would be very helpful to mark questions as "dumb" or "googlable".

Right now there are a ton of questions where people just ask "How do I do X?", "What does function X of lib Y do?", although they could have found that out via some own research.

Now people might argue "SO is a site about Questions and Answers!". While that's definitely true, SO is not a replacement for people who don't know how to use Google or don't want to learn on their own or help them self. This might bring us some pretty repz, but does it really help the questioner in the long term? I don't think so.

If people are not forced to help them self, they simply won't do it. I can only speak for myself here, but learning how to help my self by reading through docs, FAQs or even the source code improved my skills by a lot.

Now, there are just a ton of questions every day that are hardly worth the effort of writing an answer to them; if it wasn't for the reputation.

Reputation should be a bonus, and not the reason to answer questions in the first place.

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Perhaps a google icon that when clicked takes them to the google search with their question in the search. The more people that press lol the bigger this google icon gets –  Tom Jan 17 '11 at 17:24
    
Isn't that "close as duplicate"? –  Piskvor Jan 17 '11 at 18:46
    
@Piskvor Most often there are no real duplicates for these questions, they are just extremely easy and haven't been asked yet. –  Ivo Wetzel Jan 17 '11 at 18:57
    
Ho I like your idea @Tom Gullen. Make it an answer! not a comment! –  Shikiryu Jan 18 '11 at 8:12

I support this wholeheartedly as a response along the lines of "mu", "unask the question", or "that's not even wrong".

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