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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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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
  • +1 for "Leave a polite comment". Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 9:15
  • Makes sense and reading about the superfluous reputation it generates, probably also down-vote those answers? Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 16:52
  • If it's a first-time user, I'd leave the polite answer, suggest removing the question, and wait a while before downvoting.
    – einpoklum
    Commented Oct 3, 2019 at 22:59

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