What is the current policy about questions which are easily answered googling?
(This question is probably a duplicate but I'm trying to find a definitive answer since most of them are quite old).
I have this doubt because I've seen so many questions that can be answered with I'm feeling lucky.
- What is the deepest man-made underground tunnel?
- What processes occur when a meteor enters the atmosphere?
- How does the Ocean polarize light?
- Difference Between Fraunhofer and Fresnel Diffraction
I haven't found any consensus about low effort questions.
Some people are against asking them:
In fact, asking a question on Stack Overflow is the absolute last thing you ever want to do. You want to avoid it at all costs. You want to think of it as a horrible shame1 that will forever haunt you and pass down from you to your descendants. You want very much to find your answer some other way.
Others think the opposite:
On the contrary, you should ask first before googling, so that the information gets here :) you don't even need to search SO first, just as you're asking check the list of possible duplicates
Search SO first If no answer, then Google If answer found, post community wiki If no answer is found post question on SO
No question is too trivial or too "newbie". (This has been removed from the FAQ)
If it's not on Stack Overflow already, then ask.
There's nothing wrong with posting questions that are easily Googled. I've sometimes found answers to my questions with Google and still gone to SO to ask. How will SO have the answer for future Googlers to find if nobody asks the questions? There are two FAQ entries about that, too: one and two.
In the case they are discouraged but can't be flagged what should we do?
- Downvote and comment
- Answer quoting Google's first result and include keywords
I think it is ridiculous to encourage them and still apply 1).
I've seen that this question (How Was the Speed of Light Discovered?) was closed as off-topic. I think that the selected flag was:
Homework-like questions should ask about a specific physics concept and show some effort to work through the problem. We want our questions to be useful to the broader community, and to future users. See our meta site for more guidance on how to edit your question to make it better
But this applies only to homework-like questions.
Is it possible to create a new flag like no research effort (which is much more clear)?
I am sorry for asking this question :(