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Posted by Devil240Z (3261 posts) -

I'm so tired of trying to research something online and only finding forum threads of people wanting the same information as me and all the responses are people telling the to use the search or to google it. These people are ruining googling. Its very difficult to get information when the top 10 results contain no valuable information. that and search aggregators, both of those things suck.

Okay rant over.

#1 Posted by Devil240Z (3261 posts) -

I'm so tired of trying to research something online and only finding forum threads of people wanting the same information as me and all the responses are people telling the to use the search or to google it. These people are ruining googling. Its very difficult to get information when the top 10 results contain no valuable information. that and search aggregators, both of those things suck.

Okay rant over.

#2 Edited by Fobwashed (1897 posts) -
#3 Posted by Video_Game_King (35982 posts) -
#4 Posted by Zomgfruitbunnies (745 posts) -

UUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH.

#5 Posted by Giantstalker (1529 posts) -

The internet was designed from the ground up by Al Gore and the Military to get under your skin. Billions of dollars of government research and testing has created a network which will - without fail - aggravate, offend, or insult virtually everyone who uses it long enough. The 'google it' campaign is just the latest weapon in their war to frustrate users to support the global rage agenda.

The number of people not pissed off by the internet is incredibly tiny; so small, it's actually an integer approaching zero.

Don't feel bad.

#6 Posted by SexyToad (2760 posts) -
@Fobwashed

http://bit.ly/ZRIBqt

Beat me to it... Also I find it funny that the first result is this thread.
#7 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1215 posts) -

@SexyToad said:

@Fobwashed

http://bit.ly/ZRIBqt

Beat me to it... Also I find it funny that the first result is this thread.

AHH! VISCOUS CIRCLE WITH NO END!

ASDFGHJL!!!11

#8 Posted by IzzyGraze (850 posts) -

@Devil240Z said:

I'm so tired of trying to research something online and only finding forum threads of people wanting the same information as me and all the responses are people telling the to use the search or to google it. These people are ruining googling. Its very difficult to get information when the top 10 results contain no valuable information. that and search aggregators, both of those things suck.

Okay rant over.

I agree. Especially when that happens in real life too. I was hanging out with a couple of people and I asked someone a question to start a conversation. The person didn't mind and we start talking. My friend then interrupts our conversation and says "Have you tried googling it? My computer is right over there." I'm like "uhhhh no...sure..." and I couldn't even find my answer on google.

#9 Posted by htr10 (330 posts) -

Umm, the word is spelled 'goggle'. Oh man, what a thread full of a-holes, don't even know that you use goggles to look for something.

#10 Posted by MyNiceIceLife (612 posts) -

would "go bing it" be any better?

#11 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

@MyNiceIceLife said:

would "go bing it" be any better?

That just sounds dirty.

#12 Posted by MyNiceIceLife (612 posts) -

@SpikeSpiegel said:

@MyNiceIceLife said:

would "go bing it" be any better?

That just sounds dirty.

i remember when "just google it" sounded dirty too haha

#13 Posted by BisonHero (6154 posts) -

Dorito it?

#14 Posted by DrIntrovert (81 posts) -

I'll agree that it's overused as a response now, but a couple years ago there were so many people asking stupid questions they could easily look up that I understand why it's the knee-jerk response to someone asking a factual question. I like to think that most Internet users have learned to look things up before asking on a forum, so responding this way is really just being a troll.

#15 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -
#16 Posted by Kidavenger (3506 posts) -

What does 'google it' mean?

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#17 Posted by TheSlothKing (329 posts) -

@Kidavenger said:

What does 'google it' mean?

Google it.

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#18 Posted by DeF (4799 posts) -

@Kidavenger said:

What does 'google it' mean?

It means "to dance while feeling confused" in Antartican.

#19 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4590 posts) -

I'm pretty sure "just google it" or people replying with snarky-ass "let me google it for you" responses are done by dumbasses trying to look clever when they haven't a clue of what's being asked.

#20 Posted by Dagbiker (6939 posts) -

There was a time before google, when searches where crap. And you would be using Altavista to find some crappy link exchange to flow. That took work. That took skill.

#21 Posted by ShaggE (6322 posts) -

AltaVista it.

#22 Posted by Andorski (5189 posts) -

The better solution is for Google to fix their shit search engine.

No... don't quote this and make a joke about using Bing, Yahoo, AskJeeves, Altavista, Lycos, etc. instead.

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#23 Edited by believer258 (11629 posts) -

@IzzyGraze said:

@Devil240Z said:

I'm so tired of trying to research something online and only finding forum threads of people wanting the same information as me and all the responses are people telling the to use the search or to google it. These people are ruining googling. Its very difficult to get information when the top 10 results contain no valuable information. that and search aggregators, both of those things suck.

Okay rant over.

I agree. Especially when that happens in real life too. I was hanging out with a couple of people and I asked someone a question to start a conversation. The person didn't mind and we start talking. My friend then interrupts our conversation and says "Have you tried googling it? My computer is right over there." I'm like "uhhhh no...sure..." and I couldn't even find my answer on google.

In real life it is kind of obnoxious, but on an internet forum I would consider it basic etiquette to Google a question and research it yourself at least a little bit before making a topic on it. It looks really stupid when you think of a question, ask it on a forum, and a reasonable answer is the very first thing to pop up in any given search engine.

At least on Giantbomb, people seem to do that these days.

I can definitely understand wanting to know how graphics card naming conventions work, though. "You mean that a 7850 is actually not as good as a 6970? And a 580 is better than a 660? Wut!?" Questions with confusing answers, I can understand why you'd ask those.

#24 Posted by Max_Cherry (1131 posts) -

I want my answer to have a social aspect to it that asking google can't provide. You know what I mean?

#25 Posted by ShiftyMagician (2129 posts) -

More people need to be asking questions to a man I know of by the name of Jeeves...

#26 Edited by Jams (2959 posts) -

@believer258 said:

@IzzyGraze said:

@Devil240Z said:

I'm so tired of trying to research something online and only finding forum threads of people wanting the same information as me and all the responses are people telling the to use the search or to google it. These people are ruining googling. Its very difficult to get information when the top 10 results contain no valuable information. that and search aggregators, both of those things suck.

Okay rant over.

I agree. Especially when that happens in real life too. I was hanging out with a couple of people and I asked someone a question to start a conversation. The person didn't mind and we start talking. My friend then interrupts our conversation and says "Have you tried googling it? My computer is right over there." I'm like "uhhhh no...sure..." and I couldn't even find my answer on google.

In real life it is kind of obnoxious, but on an internet forum I would consider it basic etiquette to Google a question and research it yourself at least a little bit before making a topic on it. It looks really stupid when you think of a question, ask it on a forum, and a reasonable answer is the very first thing to pop up in any given search engine.

At least on Giantbomb, people seem to do that these days.

I can definitely understand wanting to know how graphics card naming conventions work, though. "You mean that a 7850 is actually not as good as a 6970? And a 580 is better than a 660? Wut!?" Questions with confusing answers, I can understand why you'd ask those.

Sometimes you can get a clear and concise answer to a question that you can't really find on Google (or the only answer you found was only half of what you needed). I've done that before. But the point I think the OP was making is that if everyone just answered the question in the first place, google would be stock full of every kind of answer, possibly covering every angle. Instead you have pages of threads derailed by people telling the person asking the question to google it. Thus never finding the answer.

#27 Posted by Max_Cherry (1131 posts) -

An endless cycle of disappointment.

#28 Posted by believer258 (11629 posts) -

@Jams said:

@believer258 said:

@IzzyGraze said:

@Devil240Z said:

I'm so tired of trying to research something online and only finding forum threads of people wanting the same information as me and all the responses are people telling the to use the search or to google it. These people are ruining googling. Its very difficult to get information when the top 10 results contain no valuable information. that and search aggregators, both of those things suck.

Okay rant over.

I agree. Especially when that happens in real life too. I was hanging out with a couple of people and I asked someone a question to start a conversation. The person didn't mind and we start talking. My friend then interrupts our conversation and says "Have you tried googling it? My computer is right over there." I'm like "uhhhh no...sure..." and I couldn't even find my answer on google.

In real life it is kind of obnoxious, but on an internet forum I would consider it basic etiquette to Google a question and research it yourself at least a little bit before making a topic on it. It looks really stupid when you think of a question, ask it on a forum, and a reasonable answer is the very first thing to pop up in any given search engine.

At least on Giantbomb, people seem to do that these days.

I can definitely understand wanting to know how graphics card naming conventions work, though. "You mean that a 7850 is actually not as good as a 6970? And a 580 is better than a 660? Wut!?" Questions with confusing answers, I can understand why you'd ask those.

Sometimes you can get a clear and concise answer to a question that you can't really find on Google (or the only answer you found was only half of what you needed). I've done that before. But the point I think the OP was making is that if everyone just answered the question in the first place, google would be stock full of every kind of answer, possibly covering every angle. Instead you have pages of threads derailed by people telling the person asking the question to google it. Thus never finding the answer.

I probably should have made myself a bit clearer.

If you are going to a forum to ask a question, then you should Google search that question first. If you then do not find a satisfactory answer, then it's A-OK to make a thread for it.

If that's the case, you should probably also detail what you didn't find satisfactory about the answers you got.

#29 Posted by Jams (2959 posts) -

@believer258 said:

@Jams said:

@believer258 said:

@IzzyGraze said:

@Devil240Z said:

I'm so tired of trying to research something online and only finding forum threads of people wanting the same information as me and all the responses are people telling the to use the search or to google it. These people are ruining googling. Its very difficult to get information when the top 10 results contain no valuable information. that and search aggregators, both of those things suck.

Okay rant over.

I agree. Especially when that happens in real life too. I was hanging out with a couple of people and I asked someone a question to start a conversation. The person didn't mind and we start talking. My friend then interrupts our conversation and says "Have you tried googling it? My computer is right over there." I'm like "uhhhh no...sure..." and I couldn't even find my answer on google.

In real life it is kind of obnoxious, but on an internet forum I would consider it basic etiquette to Google a question and research it yourself at least a little bit before making a topic on it. It looks really stupid when you think of a question, ask it on a forum, and a reasonable answer is the very first thing to pop up in any given search engine.

At least on Giantbomb, people seem to do that these days.

I can definitely understand wanting to know how graphics card naming conventions work, though. "You mean that a 7850 is actually not as good as a 6970? And a 580 is better than a 660? Wut!?" Questions with confusing answers, I can understand why you'd ask those.

Sometimes you can get a clear and concise answer to a question that you can't really find on Google (or the only answer you found was only half of what you needed). I've done that before. But the point I think the OP was making is that if everyone just answered the question in the first place, google would be stock full of every kind of answer, possibly covering every angle. Instead you have pages of threads derailed by people telling the person asking the question to google it. Thus never finding the answer.

I probably should have made myself a bit clearer.

If you are going to a forum to ask a question, then you should Google search that question first. If you then do not find a satisfactory answer, then it's A-OK to make a thread for it.

If that's the case, you should probably also detail what you didn't find satisfactory about the answers you got.

Should I write my congresswoman while I'm at it? Maybe tell my barber and 2 closest friends? Why do all that when I can just get some internet sucker to do it for me?

#30 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@Max_Cherry said:

I want my answer to have a social aspect to it that asking google can't provide. You know what I mean?

Try Yahoo answers?

#31 Posted by OfficeGamer (1087 posts) -

@TheSlothKing said:

@Kidavenger said:

What does 'google it' mean?

Google it.

The genius of this reply is far too great.

#32 Edited by Jeust (10473 posts) -
@DrIntrovert said:

I'll agree that it's overused as a response now, but a couple years ago there were so many people asking stupid questions they could easily look up that I understand why it's the knee-jerk response to someone asking a factual question. I like to think that most Internet users have learned to look things up before asking on a forum, so responding this way is really just being a troll.

I agree with this to a point. Responding this way now can be also valid, for example about a specific part of a game that you have difficulty with. Unless the game is brand new, they generally are explained and scrutinised to death in game faqs, and and there is no need to ask on forums about that sort of thing. 
#33 Posted by crusader8463 (14413 posts) -

It's not that complex. If you are at a point where you are going to put in the effort to make a forum thread about a question, take the few seconds it takes to google it first. If you can't find anything useful after looking through a few results then I don't see any problem asking in a thread. Just explain that you suck at using google and that you couldn't find anything.

Now if you are just talking about the idiots that pop into a thread to scream "google it" then run away without even reading the question, then ya they can go fuck themselves.

#34 Posted by Daiphyer (1307 posts) -

Okay. Yahoo! it.

#35 Posted by MildMolasses (3213 posts) -

@Dagbiker said:

There was a time before google, when searches where crap. And you would be using Altavista to find some crappy link exchange to flow. That took work. That took skill.

There was a time before that where you had to physically go the library and read through a book, not just someone's summary

#36 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@Giantstalker

The internet was designed from the ground up by Al Gore and the Military to get under your skin. Billions of dollars of government research and testing has created a network which will - without fail - aggravate, offend, or insult virtually everyone who uses it long enough. The 'google it' campaign is just the latest weapon in their war to frustrate users to support the global rage agenda.

The number of people not pissed off by the internet is incredibly tiny; so small, it's actually an integer approaching zero.

Don't feel bad.

So it's more or less governor funded trolling.
#37 Posted by Kerned (1169 posts) -

Ask Jeeves!

#38 Posted by Milkman (16515 posts) -

If you're going to Bing something, please use Google.

#39 Posted by Sanity (1891 posts) -

Depends on whats being asked, some things dont need asked and can be found all by your self. I do get your point though.

#40 Posted by ApolloBob (570 posts) -

@Kerned said:

Ask Jeeves!

Holy shit I forgot all about Ask Jeeves! Poor Jeeves, out on the street somewhere in ragged butler clothes.

#41 Posted by Petiew (1328 posts) -

Seems appropriate.
  

I'd say most people react in that way because they're constantly bombarded with the same questions over and over. Usually the question is very simple and there are multiple topics on the site dealing with the same issue but slightly reworded. You even see it in large topics on this site, the same question repeated when it was asked a page or two ago. Most of the time these things can be found in less time by seaching google or even searching the forum in question.
I'd say it's mostly the simplicity of the question and the fact it has been answered countless times that annoys people. More complex questions or ones that have some amount of thought put into them that can't be answered with a couple of words are looked on more favourably.
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#42 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6287 posts) -

I'm not gonna google it.

#43 Posted by 49th (2687 posts) -

Sometimes the question is so simple that it's way quicker and easier to just use google though. I would probably end up searching google for them which is just dumb.

#44 Posted by Cthulad (49 posts) -

After a "successful" Google you get to a Wiki page that was created by a person with no knowledge of what you were looking for, and has been ill-informed. As a Wiki it can be taken as fact. Google it will end once people actually open their eyes wider, and see the conspiracies. Little green men have come from Mars, and are taking over. Watch the skies I tell you...

#45 Posted by Dalai (6991 posts) -

People need to stop complaining about dumb shit like this. WebCrawler it!

#46 Posted by Coafi (1481 posts) -

Do you prefer I just tell them to wiggle it?

#47 Posted by Christoffer (1756 posts) -

I just wondered what "Yorn" meant. I Googled it and now know who Pete Yorn is. Ohhh, it's "Yourn", well fuck you google. What if I could ask a friendly soul about this instead? No? I should Google it instead? I just thought I did.

#48 Posted by BillyTheKid (484 posts) -

I agree. Unless you ask something that is truly idiotic and completely common knowledge. In that case go Google it, it will probably be the first result.

#49 Posted by Irishdoom (333 posts) -

Google MY FIST!

#50 Posted by PandaBear (1300 posts) -

@Fobwashed said:

http://bit.ly/ZRIBqt

That's brilliant :)

And the reason people say that is because the answer is out there somewhere if you look. It's usually for trivial stuff too. My advice - if you hate it so much find new friends and ask less questions, instead search for answers on your own.