If someone is asking a dumb question that could easily be figured out by googling it are we allow to send them a lmgtfy.com link? Assuming we provide an explination for why the question is not satisfactory, are we allowed to do this?
But in all seriousness - This has been discussed before on Ban LMGTFY (let me google that for you) links
And guess what is in the second result of - http://lmgtfy.com/?q=should+you+use+LMGTFY
- How does that feel?
Although it is not banned it is highly frowned upon, I expect answers/comments that would use it will get downvoted/flagged ect.
And as if the question is that bad... how about flagging/downvoting? As: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/207226/185528 says:
Any question that is lazy enough to warrant a LMGTFY answer is a bad question. Bad questions should be flagged, not answered sarcastically or disrespectfully.
A.K.A it is rude.
When I get REALLY irritated about a question that is posted as either nonsense tech support or attempted vote farming, I will occasionally post a comment of "first google result: htt....whatever".
I only do it:
- If an OP doesn't make any attempt to solve a problem, I get to be a little rude.
- If an OP is vote farming, I get to be rude.
So in summary:
- I know it's rude when I do it.
- I don't do it often.
- I only do it when it fits the two conditions outlined above.
That said, with all my comments/questions/answers - I've done it less times than I could count on one hand. I don't encourage the behavior, but I do understand its occasional and infrequent use. We don't need to be ugly to people.
So, to put it in perspective, I might have done it as many as five times. I'm confident the real number is smaller than that one. So: 16000/5=3200. If we wanted to be on pace for snapping on someone, you'ld have another 30*rep||value multiplier to hit before it was not horrible to do it once.