We were all new to the internet once.
If you’re reading this then you’re probably not, anymore. And you’re probably getting asked questions by people who are, or aren’t willing to go search for readily available answers themselves. I’m guilty of encouraging this behaviour by answering questions.
If you’re a power searcher, or other people think you are, and you’re getting tired of constant requests for answers to questions that a quick Google search would provide, try Let me google that for you. Enter a search term, click the Google Search button, and a link appears that you can copy, paste and send to your friend. When they click the link, an animation displays the complicated process of searching Google for information, and then directs the user to the actual search results page from Google.
Snarky? Yes. However, the time the user is forced to study the search term you used, they might pick up a trick or two in keyword syntax, search operators, literal strings and the like. After all, give a man an answer, and he’ll come back tomorrow asking for more. Teach a man to search Google, and you’ll have to offer tech support when he ends up downloading malware while cruising shadier purveyors of adult entertainment and file sharing software.
So, I resolve to no longer answer questions that don’t actually teach the person how to find answers on their own. I resolve to try to better humanity by getting people to learn on their own instead of just mindlessly blabbering about. Too bad this doesn’t actually work where it’s needed most – on Youtube comments. Oh well.
EDIT: This can be extrapolated to almost anything in life. Which in turn will make you damn ***hole, really.
“Excuse me, Sir – where can I find Hotel Del Coronado?”
“Why didn’t you get a mobile phone that you could google it on instead of asking questions from random strangers?”
…and that’s not really the kind of world I want to live in. But do a little bit of looking on your own, spending about as much time as you’re asking me to spend on answering whatever question you have – and in return I’ll try my best (and fail) to look around myself a bit before asking questions. We’re trying not to needlessly inconvenience people, here.
Same thing goes with addons and mods. I’m not going to upload a package of mods just b/c people ask me to. I’ll tell you which ones I choose and why and show you a bit of how I use them – and tell you where I found them. Then you can go learn yourself from the SME’s – the Subject Matter Experts. I’m not that guy. Then on patch day when it all breaks and goes to hell you’ll turn to them instead of me, and you’ll be better prepared for dealing with issues, and know about alternatives already. So, magically you’ve learned some stuff and I get to not be bothered needlessly about stuff I don’t know about. Yeay. NOW GET OFF MY LAWN.
Yes, I’m a bit of harsh, arrogant, grumpy person. Hence the “Grumpybear” in the blog tagline. Or the “Cold” part of “Coldbear”.
True vent story:
“Dude, I don’t care, I really don’t.” (or similar)
“Maaan, that’s cold, man. That’s cold.”
“No ****, Sherlock – hence the name COLDbear, duh.”
“Yeah, he got you man, his name really is COLD. Bear.”