Sometime I find myself dealing with a problem that through the right Google search I'll find the solution to it. Usually, it will take me 1-2 minutes to post a question in the website and 10 times that to search Google for a solution (most of the time is spent on finding the right term to search).

On one hand, searching for a solution by myself is the best approach, on the other hand, this is a Q&A site which should include some beginner solutions....

I have found this discussion which is similar to mine. From what I understood, it is OK to ask an elementary question so long it is related to the topic of the Q&A and might help somebody.

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The policy on this has varied over the years, so if you're looking for a canonical answer, I'd recommend only looking at those from within the last 6-12 months (or so).

In this case, I recommend two MSO questions and one blog post:

Or in other words: Yes, there are questions that are too simple/elementary/silly/basic/easy/low-quality to be welcome on Stack Overflow.


It's OK to ask an elementary question if you show that you've done some research and have checked that the question hasn't been asked previously.

Otherwise you're wasting people's time.

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