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Mar 5, 2009 10:50 PM

Does anyone here use google?


So I'm a jackass.

I read so many post here that could be answered in a nasty/demeaning way my tongue is raw by the time I log off, Take a look at my name... still I refrain.

  1. Heh, I think the same thing too many times. It's all the more puzzling because at that moment, the person asking the question is online and has a browser open.

    But I suppose people have their reasons, not trusting wikipedia, not knowing how to filter through the noise (although this place generates noise, and there's always one poster citing wikipedia, so hmmmm).

    1. What do you mean exactly? That people shouldn't ask questions until they try to find the answer first by googling? What's wrong with starting a discussion and getting answers from chowhounds? You make a personal choice with your answer or non answer. If you weren't demented what would you be? Mented?

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      1. re: neverlate


        I love the questions put forth by other chowhounds. Yet there are times I wounder if anyone among us has the ability to use a search engine.

        1. re: Demented

          I use Google all the time, but I'd rather rely on the experience of the people I "know" here on Chowhound.

        2. re: neverlate

          If there is one more 'How do I fix pork tenderloin' I'll . . . I'll . . . I'll

          Add it to the list of 20 threads in the past 6 months already answering the question and copy paste it to the poster. Another frequent question and a personal peeve - 'we're having vegetarians for dinner . . ." - as if they were either serving them up as the main course or treating meatless meals as deviant.

          Yep - I wish sometimes that someone would use a search engine (here or at google) rather than an open ended 'what's good?' without any structure to their question.

          1. re: alwayscooking

            I agree that repeat postings are a nuisance. If people want others to take the time to answer their query, they might first take a moment and search the board they're on!
            Cooking salmon. Now come on, search "salmon" and it may answer your question, or you may have a variant to post. It is hard to refrain from responding: "That's been posted umpteen times before! Take a look at the search function on this very board."

        3. I think that some people rather enjoy what is, in actual fact, the whole point of a forum like this one: to have an exchange with like-minded folk about something they are passionate about. I agree that, on occasion, certain questions seem to be rather specific and it makes you wonder why, if the answers can most certainly be found through a search engine, they ask them here. Sometimes it is possible to get various different answers on the web and it's possible that they are trying to see which one is favoured by chowhounds. In any case, I don't see anything wrong with it and if it was something completely inappropriate, the moderators would delete it. Otherwise, live and let live...there are always others willing to answer even the most basic of questions so what difference does it make to you?

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          1. re: Paula76


            It doesn't matter one way or the other. I'm just asking!

            1. re: Paula76

              Totally agree with you. Why a repeat posting would actually bother someone is hard to fathom. Just ignore it. In the roughly two years that I have been using this site, I must have seen at least 100 posts on "good eats in NY" or "good eats in NO" - who cares. Good grief...

            2. I found this site using Google for a question I had about a food item, that I had difficulty finding the answer to elsewhere on Google.

              It works both ways, but I run a forum, and yeah, between people not bothering to do an internal search, external search, and asking quesitons only a medical professional should answer, it can be frustrating.

              1. I love Google. Like Tracylee, I too found Chowhound through a search I was doing. When looking for a specific topic Google sends me off on wild and crazy tangents that are fascinating. I love to learn and I'm a researcher by nature so I learned to use Google early on.

                Here at Chowhound the exchange of ideas and information is the raison d'etre - but I have come to realize that not everyone has the time or inclination to do a search.

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                1. re: Gio

                  Also, folks sometimes want to see what other hounds take on recipes, issues are.

                  1. re: scoopG

                    Yes, you're absolutely correct! I love reading all the variations on a theme and all the lively, shall we say, discussions.

                    1. re: Gio

                      Agreed, you may find the perfect recipe on google, but the interaction and the various ideas that float around are interesting and sometimes leads to other ideas for cooking. Besides I think sometimes people may think "CHOW HOUNDS" we know what we are doing and therefore they ask for advice. I don't mind at all. We all learn, teach and educate and I enjoy sharing. It may be some elaborate dish, a simple grilled dish or a crockpot dinner. We are still teaching and sharing.

                      Google sometimes you get hundreds of hits, which do I choose and which is good? CHOW I think they can trust ... and know that recipes will be good. Maybe just my perception but I know a couple who googled CHOW thought exactly that. Be that as it may, I enjoy all the positive comments and suggestions and enjoy all the ideas I get. I sometimes do get frustrated by some of the comments that I don't feel are appropriate but I just laugh it off. I don't claim to be a great good, a good cook ... absolutely, I don't know everything never claimed I did, I still use campbells soup on occasion, processed cheese, don't like it but have used it. store bought sauces but I can cook with the best. I love to share what I have learned and know and hopefully get those googling who know nothing and just looking for help to get interested.

                    2. re: scoopG

                      I think the OP was talking about questions like "where is this place" or "what are their hours." Those are not questions that engender a lively exchange of opinions - they're requests for simple pieces of factual information. If someone takes the time to type the question they could have typed it into Google and had their answer immediately.

                      I've found that posters who ask these types of questions fall into 2 groups. Some are absolutely clueless and treat the board as a giant concierge service. No request is too small for them to throw out to the crowd. Often if no one answers right away they get petulant and demand a quicker response. I never answer their questions.

                      The other group seem to be folks who just aren't that adept in searching for information on the Internet. I'll often link to the results of a Google search or a search on some other resource. That way they can see how I got the information and perhaps learn how to do it themselves.

                      1. re: Bob Martinez

                        I agree. I quit contributing to TripAdvisor because there were too many "How far is it from Los Angeles to Anaheim?" types of questions.

                        "Often if no one answers right away they get petulant and demand a quicker response. I never answer their questions."

                        Testify, brother!

                        1. re: Bob Martinez

                          I'll agree with you on this one, Bob! Drives me crazy. Even better, there's the variation "Their website says they're closed Tuesdays. Is that true?"

                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                            Or, in today's economic climate, "I heard such-and-such is closed! Is this true?" Pick up the damn phone, people--you are starting rumors with your laziness!

                            I saw this happen recently and another poster (someone kind like Bob) confirmed that the place in question was, in fact, open and that they confirmed it by placing a phone call to the restaurant. ARRRGH! "Giant concierge service" is a great way to frame this mindset, Bob.

                      2. re: Gio

                        I love you comment about loving to learn. I've described myself as a frustrated reference librarian. Growing up - when we actually had encyclopedias that were made of paper - the bookcase holding them was right outside the bathroom door. Very easy to pick up a volume on the way in. 'Course made growing up in a one bathroom house rather time-consuming :)

                        I do think that doing an internal search ought to be utilized more. I think OPs generate more responses when they've shown they've done some research ahead of time.

                        1. re: c oliver

                          I thought I was the only one who lived in a house with the encyclopedia outside the bathroom door. My parents set was from the 60s and I was born in the 80s so it wasn't what you'd call current, but I learned a lot. Or did when I had the forewarning of a long night of reading ahead but forgot whatever book I was currently reading in another part of the house. I was famous for reading in there instead of doing the dishes. Maybe that's why I actually know how to look things up and why there's always a few dishes in the sink.