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Google Is Your Friend. Use It.

Stang02GT
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“Google Is Your Friend. Use it.”


Yes that is correct, Google is your friend. And it’s a good one. Always there when you need it, ready and willing at all hours of the day to help you out. Some of you might have found this site(Bytes.com) from our good old buddy.

But I have been noticing a trend lately. Our good friend is being neglected. More and more everyday I see people posting questions around the site that with a quick search could be answered.


No offence to the person who started this thread, but his/her post is what pushed me to write this.

how big is the average monthly income of a Software Developer in
  • USA
  • Germany
  • Sweden
  • Norway
?
How on earth are any of us supposed to answer a question like that? The answer is simple we can’t answer it with just our own knowledge. I have no idea what the average salary in Norway is! Or even the US for that matter!

Most of you will see this post, pull up Google and do a couple quick searches come back to the thread and post your findings. I used to do this but I have since stopped. And I’m asking you to stop as well.

Now your probably saying “Well wait one minute here! This is an on-line community where we are supposed to help one another!”

And yes you are correct 110%! We are helping people by not answering these types of questions. That may sound strange but think about it like this…

So you did the all the research, you come back and post your findings. You have done two things here.
1. Wasted your time.
2. Shown this person they can continue to post questions like this because you’ll do all the work for them.

I’m not saying we have to be mean and nasty but there are questions like these that we can say “Hey wait a minute, this is something you can find out on your own.” In the end we are helping these people achieve more then just an answer to a question. We are helping them realize they can be self reliant.

So please don’t take this message the wrong way and stop answering peoples questions. Use your best judgment and when you feel a question comes up that a person can find the answer to themselves, give them a little nudge and guidance to help them find their answer.
Sep 10 '08 #1
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Nepomuk
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Wow, great post! May I quote you in the Windows and Linux Forum? (Or alternatively, will you post them there yourself and I'll make them sticky?)

Greetings,
Nepomuk
Sep 11 '08 #2

Stang02GT
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Wow, great post! May I quote you in the Windows and Linux Forum? (Or alternatively, will you post them there yourself and I'll make them sticky?)

Greetings,
Nepomuk
Sure thing. Doing it right now.
Sep 11 '08 #3

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Sure thing. Doing it right now.
Great; the YAS (Yet Another Sticky) syndrome strikes again.

kind regards,

Jos
Sep 12 '08 #4

joedeene
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Some of you might have found this site(Bytes.com) from our good old buddy.
i did, google is very useful...great post =)

joedeene
Sep 13 '08 #5

myusernotyours
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Yah...
Google is great but why is no one talking about other search engines. I think we are creating a monopoly here. They now have a browser and am a bit afraid they will now kill the King.

Not that I use the other engines myself but I have friends who do.

Regards
Alex.
Sep 15 '08 #6

Stang02GT
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Yah...
Google is great but why is no one talking about other search engines. I think we are creating a monopoly here. They now have a browser and am a bit afraid they will now kill the King.

Not that I use the other engines myself but I have friends who do.

Regards
Alex.
Just an expression i've been using, im not telling you to just use google, or trying to make it a manopoly. Its the search engine i use so thats why i posted it.

You use whatever one you want. I think you missed the whole purpose of this post.
Sep 15 '08 #7

myusernotyours
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You use whatever one you want. I think you missed the whole purpose of this post.
Search the web hmmm......
Sep 16 '08 #8

Stang02GT
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Search the web hmmm......

You made it sound like i was giving some kind of sales pitch for Google.
Sep 16 '08 #9

Markus
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Yah...
Google is great but why is no one talking about other search engines.
Because google is (in my oppinion) the best and most accessible.

Nor do I understand why it would be a problem if Google started to expand and push other businesses out of the internet, such as IE. As long as they're keeping to standards, which I strongly believe they will, hats off to them.

Sep 17 '08 #10

joedeene
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Yah...
Google is great but why is no one talking about other search engines. I think we are creating a monopoly here. They now have a browser and am a bit afraid they will now kill the King.

Not that I use the other engines myself but I have friends who do.

Regards
Alex.
i prefer google too, i barely use any other search engine, and heres a link that pretty much explains some of the better features google has, and that makes it "useful" but whatever search engine you prefer is an opinion, and i am not suggesting that anyone who reads this changes their opinion, heres the link...

http://richardsbraindump.blogspot.co...ch-engine.html

and the point of the post, i think, is that not to just post posts for easy questions when many questions, are already solved on a search engine.
Sep 20 '08 #11

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Great post, here is a little reference (I recommend that everyone will read it)
How to ask smart questions
Sep 27 '08 #12

Dököll
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Dido, that's all I have to say... Thanks for posting:-)
Nov 8 '08 #13

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