In other words, should such a simple question be answered or closed (and answering deserves downvotes):

Are nested queries standard in the SQL language?

Perhaps the title of this question is not appropriate. What I meant was that after answering, I felt like I should be downvoted.

A question that can simply be answered by a Google search (searching "SQL standard" gives all the info one wants), should be deleted or answered?

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    You didn't receive any downvotes for your answer there. What are you asking? – Cody Gray Feb 25 '12 at 10:48
  • @CodyGray: You beat me to it. I had the same question. – Martin. Feb 25 '12 at 10:49
  • @Cody and Martin: See my edit. – ypercubeᵀᴹ Feb 25 '12 at 10:51
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    No, but you did receive several upvotes after posting this question. Well played, sir. ;-P – Adam Davis 'ze-zir-zem' Feb 25 '12 at 16:16
  • @AdamDavis: It really works. Have no idea before how well it works :) – ypercubeᵀᴹ Feb 25 '12 at 16:18

Completely trivial questions that can easily be Googled are a problem. They should not be answered, but downvoted and closed instead.

However, the question you show, while simple, isn't entirely trivial, it demonstrates an interest in something deeper, and it feels like your answer adds value to the site. I don't think there is a problem with it.

  • Value is relative. A noob will find simple questions and answer of value, till their knowledge increases. – e70 Feb 25 '12 at 12:13
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    @108.im to me, trivial questions are best answered by the respective documentation. Answering them on Stack Overflow as well is superfluous and creates duplication, which over time leads to outdated information. There is a limit to how simple a SO question should be in order to be useful. – Pekka supports GoFundMonica Feb 25 '12 at 13:19
  • I agree that the questions are problematic, and should be downvoted/closed. But I don't think that applies to the answers to those questions, which is what this question appears to be talking about. They should be judged on their own merit. If they're uniquely helpful, upvote them. If they're wrong or particularly unhelpful, downvote them. Generally, I'd refrain from voting on them at all. – Cody Gray Feb 26 '12 at 4:38

No, you don't. Your answer is pretty nice, I think, so I don't think you would deserve to be downvoted.

However, it's everyone's opinion an choice whether to downvote you or not.

Take a look at this question. It's pretty simple but highly upvoted, because it's original, unique.


I don't think that answers to simple questions should be automatically down-voted, which means the fact somebody answers a simple question is not a reason for down-voting the answer.

There are users who write great answers for questions that are simple, and I don't think such answers should be down-voted. Clearly, if the answer is simply "Yes." or something along those lines, the answer is not helpful, but that is true independently from how much easy the question is.

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