I used to tell people to Google for themselves, but have accepted that some people just don’t do that. It seems weird to me, but I stopped trying to understand. Also, telling them to Google was kind of rude and unfriendly.
@hiphiphopflipflapflop – Awwww… I usually give GAs to all useful answers to my questions…I guess that mainly comes from the culture I came from before Fluther where points actually meant something (the more points you had, the more power you had—BWA-HA-HA-HA!)
@jonsblond – Right. I actually did google Tennis Rules before asking this question, and found nothing helpful at my level of knowledge of tennis.
@Dog – I’m fairly proficient at web searches. And I did google Tenis Rules before asking that question. I didn’t find anything helpful at my level of knowlede of Tennis. I even said so in my question description.
Sometimes it’s a tough, serious question requesting facts not opinions and if no one can answer the question in a helpful manner, suggesting googling shouldn’t necessarily be taken as a quip in my opinion. Sometimes it seems to be the one solution.
@scotsbloke: The search engine site, “Google”. You go to the site (www.google.com) to look up image, websites, etc. by typing in a word or phrase and an entire list of websites is displayed to help you find your query. It’s the most popular search engine or the most prolific, seen on most websites. You probably don’t even have to go to their site anymore to use their search engine, it’s everywhere…
I won’t give that as a reply. Not all sites accessable by Google are correct or unbiased. Other sites may give you a correct answer but assume a level of prerequisite knowledge that the questioner may not have. If I choose to answer a question, I may use a reference source that is online, but more likely from my own library. I will try to gauge the questioners ability to understand my answer and invite her/him to ask me to clarify any point not understood.
That is a lot more than you get by “just Google it”. I really want the questioner to understand. I’m also not peddling any product (other than my engineering services which I don’t advertise here).
On another site there was a “homework” category. It really upset me that so many questions were answered with “do your own homework”. I always assumed that the questioner had tried and failed to do it. My approach was to go step-by-step through the process (maths and physics mostly) and invite the questioner to contact me again if she/he didn’t understand a step. I never saw that as doing someones work for them, but as tutoring simply for the joy of it. My answers to historical questions were not a dry recitation of dates, names and places. Rather the why of a situation or the mistakes made that we should learn from so as not to repeat them (which is the real purpose of history). Thus endeth the lecture.
@stranger_in_a_strange_land – Yeah, I plead guilty. Once or twice, I answered with “Do your own bloody homework!” or “Pay attention to your professor next time!” But yeah, you’re right, it’s the same issue :-/
I’m also guilty of saying, “No, you can’t possibly be pregnant!” or “You found a strange pill? Why don’t you take it and be surprised?!”
@stranger_in_a_strange_land I too am bothered by the quips that shut down interesting questions stating “Do your own homework” I am hoping to bring this up with Andrew and the other mods. I am not saying we should be doing anyone’s homework- rather we should guide them in finding the answers themselves without getting snarky.(just my opinion)
lol, it wasn’t me
Google questions drive me nuts but I’ve been good
all the Google questions I have rarely get asked on Fluther… I Google them and have my answer in a few minutes…
my opinion, they bring the quality of the site down…
they are not usually thought provoking,
they rarely promote thoughtful discussion
they don’t usually have much details/topics
and the worst is that they make more serious questions harder to find
but if the “fluther gods” want to allow it then so be it I don’t care anymore
@Dog As long as our responses are tutorial in nature, rather than just giving a textbook answer. I was a regular “tutor” on Cramster.com but the mercenary nature of it began to bother me (points that are convertible to products), I’ve never “cashed in” any of them and don’t intend to. I prefer to teach for the joy of teaching and doing it online is much more comfortable for me (autism).
@mattbrowne – Oh wow! I can’t believe this stupid question shows up on a Google search. Do they search out and index every silly little detail on the internet? How can they possibly do that with all the gazillions of pages on the internet?