Why do so many people ask questions that can be easily Google searched?
While perusing the Questions I've noticed that half of them can be copied and pasted into Google, and very easily answered. What's the meaning of this?
Google is impersonal! I think people here ask questions for a variety of reasons! Some people are simply lonely and want human connection! Others just enjoy the give and take of discussion, it can be stimulating! I think others like to hear other perspectives or insights! As they say, not ever thing on the internet is accurate or true! Discussion and hearing the experience and knowledge of others can be more helpful and useful!
THANK YOU for asking this pertinent question. I wonder also. Now, let's cut to the chase shall we. It is for attention. Some people ask questions primarily to get as many answers as possible. They are doing this for the sole purpose of publicity, they want to be KNOWN, SEEN, and ......HEARD- in a way be famous in a minor scale. Yes, it is easier to go to the Learning Center, to google the subject in question, or even do research or read a book on the subject but NO.....the thought is, " I am going to put my request in a question form and see the answers!"
I think it's because it's easier to get answers that way. I mean, googling answers takes time so instead of finding things themselves, they'd rather ask somebody. Also, to generate as many answers as possible, especially when it comes to opinionated answers.
Hi, Faceless39. Excellent question. Google searches have a few limitations.
First, many articles are not written for the general reader. For example, many technical articles that show up on the first SERP, are written by and for experts.
Second, many of the articles on the first SERP are politically motivated BS. And yes, that includes some 'peer reviewed' articles in scholarly journals. But that fact is not obvious to the casual Google surfer, who mainly checks for 'magic' initials after a given writer's name.
Shock news! Some PhDs have hidden agendas, which are hidden from The Great Unwashed. (That's us.)
On the other hand, some HP writers are very good at separating the wheat from the chaff. I do not have a problem with these types of questions.
One may get the perception faceless as you did, but I think most of the questions are of very practical in nature, they pop up in mind owing to extensive reading and writing practice, moreover since we are at HP know alteast our followers and following so we do ask in order to get the right info and guidance.
It is a way to start interacting with each other. Otherwise, they won't be any discussion forum here
As it was explained to me, the Q and A section is for writing questions that others can create hubs about or to bring traffic in from google when OTHERS google the question.
So when people ask questions here in this section that could be easily answered in google, they are doing exactly what this section is made for. This is a writing site, each aspect of the site is writing and earning money related.
With that said, after reading these answers I wonder how many people actually know this, which make me wonder if everyone's motives for posting questions is the same as mine or not.
However searching on Google means having results in the same moment,.while asking on a forum means waiting for someone to answer.
At the same time if every people use Google and do not ask on forums, the same results on Google are less (since there are less forum posts)...
I was more talking about the countless folks who post questions such as: "What does this very Google-able word mean" etc. I am talking about questions that can be very easily answered in Google. And these all go straight to the Unanswered pile, mostly.
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