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“Not an answer” flag for answers which tell the asker to Google something [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ban lmgtfy (let me google that for you) links I have seen questions asked with answers or comments saying "Google it", "try Googling it" or "have you tried Google?". These ...
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Is replying “Google and find out” polite or not? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ban lmgtfy (let me google that for you) links In this Q I asked a valid question why the answer used a specific technique and not another. I knew the answer to this but wanted ...
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Why “What Stack Overflow is Not” was deleted

I just deleted What Stack Overflow is Not, a collection of various explanations for things that Stack Overflow doesn't do, wasn't meant to do, or shouldn't be used to do. Several people put a fair bit ...
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Embrace the non-Googlers

There seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to "easy" questions that involve quickly answering by copy/pasting embarrassing links to lmgtfy.com (or similar responses in comments, which aren't downvotable) ...
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What sites should have hyperlinking (onebox) support in chat?

Some sites are integrated to chat . What additional sites should the chat support? One suggestion per answer.
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Ban URL shortening services

Related: Ban LMGTFY links | Shall we spam-flag lmgtfy-links? | URL Shorteners cleanup Ban URL shorting services from being used in questions/answers. I have three major reasons to request this: It's ...
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Stack Overflow has too many “too localised” new questions [closed]

SO started off as a site for interesting programming questions. Although the odd "help me please" localised debugging help question would pop up once in a while, this was inevitable so we just sort ...
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Let Me Flag That For You - URL Shortener Cleanup [closed]

The Request I set out on the Crusade for the Holy Grail of no-redirections (named by Denilson Sá) to eliminate every shortened URL on Stack Overflow. But the foreign hordes are overwhelming me, ...
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Can and should Stack Overflow automatically rewrite bit.ly links? [duplicate]

Quite a few people paste in bit.ly links into comments or answers, sometimes even for linking to other pages (or answers within the same page) on Stack Overflow. This way, you do not see where the ...
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What smart ways to prevent “image rot” can we come up with?

I think so far this has only been mentioned in comments, like about preventing link rot. So: What smart ways to prevent images from disappearing can we come up with? Like maybe: how could we prevent ...
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Ban “What have you tried?” links in comments

Recently on SO, I've been noticing a lot of link-only comments on (admittedly bad) questions. The typical comment looks like this: What have you tried? Now, my first instinct is to flag the ...
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“Sorry, posts can't contain that content” message is a guessing game with no shells

What content exactly triggers the "Sorry, posts can't contain that content" warning? A little explanation would be nice. After a bit of trial and error I realised it was the LMGTFY link (that I'd ...
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General Reference questions create low-quality dead ends for Googlers

Introducing a "general reference" close reason was rejected by Jeff and Joel for fears of abuse. Jeff said in a comment: Joel is very concerned it will be abused. I have concerns as well, since ...
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Are code troubleshooting questions really what we want to encourage? [closed]

In an effort to more fully understand the gestalt of Stack Overflow, I offer this question for perusal: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7513258/i-want-a-dialog-box-in-case-of-error#question ...
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What should I do if the answer to the question is the first result of a Google search? [duplicate]

A user walks into Stack Overflow and asks a question. The answer for his question is in the first result of a Google search. Well, it is the fourth result, to be precise, but the first link in ...

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