What do you do when someone asks a question on a Stack Exchange site and that person clearly has not even attempted to google the answer? Downvote it? Something different?

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    Hate to ask, but .. did you umm.. search here prior to asking this? – Tim Post Nov 3 '13 at 4:26
  • @Some that's a terrible duplicate, though. The answers send the wrong message. (thanks for pointing that out, adding an answer there...) – Pekka Nov 3 '13 at 4:27
  • @probablyPekka I guess but do we really need another question where someone comes to meta complaining about lack of research? – Some Helpful Commenter Nov 3 '13 at 4:30
  • @Some no, dupe-closing is perfectly fine, you're right – Pekka Nov 3 '13 at 4:33
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    @TimPost Yes, I did. I don't think that the proposed "already answered" question answers my question. – CDub Nov 3 '13 at 4:33
  • @CDub Fair enough :) I just wanted to make sure you were aware of it (had not seen the close vote prior to adding my comment) – Tim Post Nov 3 '13 at 6:48
  • @CDub then how can you accept and appreciate the exact duplicate answer that is on the other question as well. – Michael Nov 3 '13 at 11:34
  • Because I believe both questions were answered at nearly the same time by the same author. And besides that, it answers my question and should get credit for doing so. – CDub Nov 3 '13 at 14:32

What I do when a question is so trivial that it can easily be googled:

  • Downvote

  • Closevote, often as "Off-Topic" -> "Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved."

  • If it's a newbie, leave a comment along the lines of "Hi, please always remember to Google first. A simple query for how to flobber the gargle should give you everything you need."

  • This is plajarism from your other answer!!! – Cole Johnson Nov 3 '13 at 4:41
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    @Cole but I asked the author. He's cool with it. – Pekka Nov 3 '13 at 4:43
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    Please stop flagging this as plagiarism. For goodness sake, this guy sells knock-off Gucci handbags as a hobby, and all you people are worried about is a little copied paragraph? – Tim Post Nov 3 '13 at 6:46

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