# How do I replicate google searches?

In this question, I was using LMGTFY to replicate a google search of stack overflow to replicate a problem I had. For understandable reasons, LMGTFY is banned, but what should I use instead?

• Well... In that particular instance, I'm not sure what the point of the little LMGTFY animation would be. Might as well just link to the actual query, since it's the results that are relevant to the question itself. – Shog9 Feb 8 '10 at 2:49
• @Shog9: Wouldn't I have to edit the URL from doing a search to remove the &browser=lynx&SSN=078-05-1120 stuff? – Andrew Grimm Feb 8 '10 at 3:56

Some options/workarounds:

• Screencast yourself doing that search and post the video up on one of those video sharing websites

• Freehand circles across a series of unanimated images between each step.

• Create an animated GIF of the actions you're talking about and posting the image. Super bonus upvotes for freehand circles in an animation.

• Create ASCII art blocks, leaving numbered bullets between each step so it's not all an entire block of <pre></pre>.

• Fumetti the whole experience.

• +0.8 I like it all except the "Obfuscate the link" option. – Robert Cartaino Feb 8 '10 at 1:55
• Death to link squishifiers! @rob – random Feb 8 '10 at 2:15
• Atwood used the obfuscate link option to go to LMGTFY. – Andrew Grimm Feb 8 '10 at 3:57

http://www.google.com/search?q=(YOUR QUERY) Working Example