Why the hell can't people use Google?

How do I cure acne? Where do I get a 23.5kW amp for a 32" subwoofer? How do I make a 32" subwoofer? Does anyone have the schematics for a perpetual motion machine? ... F@#K... Why does reading questions on Instructables make me want to scream obscenities? Can none of these people do any research, or do they expect to have any inane question that pops into their head answered for them?

sort by: active | newest | oldest
Marsh7 years ago
Hopefully the answers given here provide a solution specific to that person's need. If this really causes that much distress, the solution is simple.
Go to http://answers.yahoo.com
There you can not only see dumb questions evlivated to new heights, you can also see a wide range of sabotage answers. This is thanks to a world wide campaign I'm proud to participate in known as: "Sabotage Yahoo answers."
Example
Q: How do I get rid of crabs?
A: Shave half your pubic hair off. Douse the other half with lighter fluid and light it. When the crabs run over to the bald side, stab them with an ice pick.
I'd just love to know how many people showed up to the emergency room with stab wounds and third-degree burns in their nether-regions after reading your answer.

I'm joking, but I'm not.  I remember vividly the images shown to me in high-school health class; aside from the obvious slides covering VD (which will remain seared in my retinas for life), the guest speaker produced "what not to do" slides courtesy of all sorts of idiots who attempted self-remedy as well as dubious methods of stimulation.  In the context of the other horrors shown, they provided much needed comic relief.

I couldn't hold back when an example included a man who got stuck in a wrench.  When my filter failed me, I blurted out, "He really needed to get those nuts off!"
Z.. Marsh7 years ago
Thanks for this mornings (Oz time), belly laugh!!
Bless you March!  You're fighting the good fight!  May you, and all the other Sabotage-Yahoo-Answers-Warriors, live to be a thousand years old!
I'd just wait until the tide goes out and they'll scuttle back to their holes #;¬)
seandogue7 years ago
They are used to being spoon fed information. It's part of the class of folks that continually post questions that have obvious answers by doing a simple search..(and I mean simple, no weird convolutions like some true information searches can really be)  Once you find a "go-to-guy" (or gal) who is willing to be your unpaid librarian, unpaid idea person, and unpaid researcher, why go anywhere else? Folks here who pretend to actually know things and do so by spending their time looking up stuff for others using those same search facilities rather than simply using their own natural knowledge base (in hopes of being #1 answerer) are almost as guilty as the query authors, because they facilitate the behavior time and time again.

I didn't have to look that one up.
How DARE anyone use google to answer a question!! 

The HUMANITY.
I have no issue with using google. In fact I encourage question authors all the time to do so. After all, it's their desire to know the answer. I also generally confine my answers (although not in every single case) to answering what I know, rather than what anyone can do by performing a net search. That's the difference between knowing and pretending.
I disagree it is "pretending" to do a quick search, post the results, and say "here it is, but do a search next time". It doesn't generally alienate the OP, but also lets them know they need to search the next time. Besides, if you read the link you give out, you now know (insert xyz) at least to a rudimentary extent. Or is it pretending to know something if you check out and read a book at the library and proceed to mention something you read in conversation?
I think that answering every question by looking up answers for people is silly and misleading as to one's true credentials. Regurgitating google is simply doing one's footwork for them, rather than sharing one's experience or other insight., and I believe that it encourages people to be spoon fed, rather than using their own brains and the resources lying at their feet.

I think that once and a while it's perfectly sensible, as a secondary reference for some aspect of a reply but not as a routine course of action.

But I guess that's one of the beauties of this "country". One can choose to have one's own opinion.

Clearly, others have some doubts as to the logic behind constantly posting questions that would be more easily answered simply by doing a quick google or yahoo query, or this question (and duplicates every few weeks by this or that author) would not be posted in the first place. My answer is my opinion. The author can agree, disagree, or simply discount it as the ravings of a lunatic. whatever.  I often have the same frustration as the author. Perhaps we agree, perhaps we don't. whatever. Just put that little black mark by my screename for the haters club, kk? I don't seek the approval of the cabal.

Um. I don't see why you are so upset about it - all I'm saying is I see nothing wrong with it, and of course I respect your right to differ in opinion. 
"Folks here who pretend to actually know things and do so by spending their time looking up stuff for others using those same search facilities rather than simply using their own natural knowledge base (in hopes of being #1 answerer) are almost as guilty as the query authors, because they facilitate the behavior time and time again."

Am not!
Then of course there is this key reference site.....

lemonie7 years ago
People prefer someone to tell them something. Go looking and you can be confused by choice & lost as to what keywords you actually need and what it is you're really looking for. That and laziness.

L
Doctor What7 years ago
Re-design7 years ago
Sorry, but did you Google that?
Haha! Best answer! :-)