sometimes, when people ask a question on social media that could easily be answered with a google search, maybe it's not so much that they're looking for an answer as to make a connection with other people who are also interested in the subject
@corndog definitely. if you're very new to something it can also be hard to be sure that the answer you find applies to your situation . like i can figure out if a stack exchange answer applies to my version of python pretty easily, but i have a lot of practice. finding answers is a skill in itself and of itself and it doesn't transfer completely.
@corndog I do it because googling seldom gives one definitive answer. So I can't tell what bit of evidence the person was convinced by. It tells me nothing about the person's thought process or opinions. In short I'm trying to have a conversation.
@corndog Someone telling me to google something is just a brush-off. Suppose you ask me why I think that we should get out of Afghanistan, or whatever, and I give you a link to the library of congress? Not helpful.
@corndog plus just like, there is value in hearing something explained more than one way - tells you more about the thing, tells you more about the people. gathering your peers' individual perspectives may be more useful to you in the moment than like, the way wikipedia explains it etc
@corndog the only shred of justification I've ever come across for the whole shitty "RTFM!" attitude was back in the dialup days when heavily metered internet was more prevalent and you can kinda pretend you were doing everyone a favor by discouraging taking up precious bandwidth with foolish or redundant questions
instead the bandwidth gets spent on sneering "RTFM" and picking fights