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Should questions that could be easily answered by a Google search be summarily deleted?

Asked by _bob (2485points) June 1st, 2009

Is it me, or have these questions that sound like somebody’s homework started to proliferate lately?

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noelasun's avatar

(but aren’t yes no questions deleted these days too??)

noelasun's avatar

I should probably have answered:
“I do feel that there has been an increase of “should be googled” category questions, and I agree there should be moderation imposed on these sorts of questions.”

dynamicduo's avatar

Yes, I do believe that these types of questions should be discouraged and/or mocked into oblivion.

bythebay's avatar

Yes, there are a million questions that should be deleted, for a million reasons. Lately it’s been raining trash.

dynamicduo's avatar

@bythebay What a great way to express it. I agree!

bythebay's avatar

sad, but true.

Fred931's avatar

Nah. This website gets people more involved, plus google just sometimes isnt as efficient at getting the results you need for a general question.

drClaw's avatar

@dynamicduo‘s idea of “mocking into oblivion” is probably the best that we can do. not to mention its much more fun!

arturodiaz's avatar

Aboslutely. If the answer requires a couple google searches should be removed. More than that I think it is acceptable to ask. Especially if you want human opinions. ;)

cwilbur's avatar

Fred931: in other words, you’d rather have other people search Google and provide you with pre-digested results. Not cool, not constructive.

Darwin's avatar

Actually, some people just aren’t very good at googling, or at discerning which google results are valuable or useful and which are bunk. I suggest that if you think a question shouldn’t be answered because it can be googled you should give it a miss. OTOH, some of these questions can result in an interesting and edifying discussion that can range far afield from the original simple answer.

So I say leave ‘em up and just skip them if they bug you.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

Yes, they should be removed. Anyone can either use Google themselves or ask someone else to help. The format of Fluther is for debates, opinion based questions, or a detailed explanation of something in a way that can be modified to suit the learning style of the questioner. Anything that needs human answers rather than Google/Wikipedia is good for Fluther, otherwise not.

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