I've never understood why for so many basic questions, the perfect answer can be found simply by taking the title, copying it to Google, and clicking "I'm Feeling Lucky". Why do some people have an aversion to doing a little searching for an answer? Do they really not know how to search the Internet, or even that it will likely work? Or do they just like having a personalized answer given to them, even if it means waiting minutes, or hours, or days to get a response?
This is not a bad thing.
What you find easy, or obvious, somebody else does not, and that's what SO exists for. You know these answers, obviously, so tell people them, and let the world benefit from your knowledge.
Cuz for some dumb reason, the image won't work for me ATM.
Todays noob is tomorrows job security.
Google is a verb these days - if someone doesn't want a lmgtfy link, maybe they should have googled it in the first place. But I do think that there are people out there who want nothing more than human contact, and are probably auditory learners. Nothing wrong with that, just a learning style...
As has been discussed before the incentives from the rep system encourage people to ask and answer duplicates rather than searching, and Stack Overflow is so fast that asking is often nearly as efficient as searching. Sometimes more efficient.
the perfect answer can be found simply by taking the title, copying it to Google, and clicking "I'm Feeling Lucky".
Unless the I'm Feeling Lucky button leads to StackOverflow (or one of the other trilogy sites), then theres nothing wrong with them asking basic questions here. If it does already lead to S[OFU], then close the question as a duplicate and be done with it.
Sometimes a direct question yields better results than a search and I mean google search could have taken 20 mins, while SO answer < 2 if your question is well written.
But you have to make an effor to create a reasonable question.
Here's one mine. I didn't knew what
(a,b) meant in python. I could have searched but since I didn't knew exactly what was I looking for, I just asked in SO and got the answer almost immediately.
I even asked a question here: StackOverflow for the lazy developer...
If the perfect answer can be found by using Google's "I'm Feeling Lucky," then chances are good that said perfect answer is (wait for it) ... On the Trilogy.
If the answer is not on the Trilogy, it belongs here, such that when you click "I'm Feeling Lucky," you come to (wait for it) ... the Trilogy.
No question is too basic. Dupes will be closed by those of us with the ability. Google is StackOverflow's home page.
Anyway, why would you have an issue with it? Basic questions tend to equal easy rep.