Whenever someone makes a joke about someone else for asking a question instead of using Google, it gets to me. Asking someone instead of just looking on the internet could be better for a number of reasons, and people just assume googling it is the best option. I disagree, and this is why.
For one, someone might have already used Google, and are now asking because they didn't find the information they required. To then be told to go and look again would seem very rude and isn't in the slightest bit helpful. I have done this in the past - looked up something on google, nto been happy with my answer, asked a question and the only response I got was Google - really helpful .
Or it is possible they are asking people because they want a response from the people they ask, not just stuff in general on the internet. They aren't going to get wath they want from a search engine. Or they might just want the social interaction in general. The people they ask might not be important, but they want an answer from people as opposed to just anyone.
Maybe they didn't like the conflicting results that a web search can give. You can get overwhelmed by the shear amount of information you pick up and not get anything useful from it. Asking a smaller group of people, especially if it includes people who know about the topic, can give you a clearer view of the answer, and often have it explained better.
I am sure there are other reasons that they might not have used google, and so I have been thinking about whether just saying FGI is the best option. Go ahead and use google yourself to get the answer. Go ahead and give them links that you used. But just telling them to google it seems unhelpful and just a little rude, to me at any rate.
I'm not saying that people shouldn't use Google, or anything like that. Just that telling other people to use Google when they are trying to find something out instead of trying to answer their question isn't the best route.
So, what do you guys think about this? Should people try to give better answers? Or is it perfectly vaild to just tell someone to google it?