For future reference, posting that thing is the equivalent of saying
“I am too stupid to be able to exceed Google’s average answer for this
Or it’s the equivalent of saying “Your question is so simple it could be
answered with a Google search, yet you didn’t give us the courtesy of
going that far, and instead chose to bother hundreds of people with YOUR
And let’s face it, that link is a lot tamer than, say:
If you want an answer that exceeds Google’s first few search results,
ask a more intelligent question in the first place, and ask it after
making a decent effort to find the answer yourself. In fact, here’s a
detailed guide on how to ask:
Common points that a few newbies every day seem to miss:
Try to find the answer yourself
There’s Google, there’s archives, there’s manuals, there’s FAQs.
Those exist for a reason – to save your time and ours. Even if you
can’t find it, showing that you at least made an effort will get you a
bit more respect than “Help, I’m a newbie!”
Choose your forum carefully
Ruby is not Rails. Ask on the Rails group for Rails questions.
Follow common etiquette for that forum
Most of the people who care hate top-posting. If you can’t be
bothered to spend a few seconds pressing the fscking arrow keys, why
should I bother to spend a few seconds reading your post?
Don’t post homework questions
There seems to be a lot of these on this forum, and they get
Look, I’m not against helping, but if you’re clearly asking me to do
your job for you, I feel like I should be asking to get paid. And if
this actually is your homework (or your job), from some of the questions
asked, I hope you get fired (or fail), and go back to school (or take
the class over) – not because I hate you, but because your employer
(current or future) deserves better than a Paula Bean:
This particular question is one of a pattern: “I’m a newbie at foo.”
Clearly you are, what was the question? “How do I learn foo?” Sigh…
For future reference, keep in mind that you are asking a favor from
quite possibly hundreds of people you’ve never met. Meet us halfway.
It’s probably faster to STFW anyway than it is to ask us – so it’s not
just inconsiderate laziness, it’s foolish, self-defeating, inconsiderate
And here’s a hint: If you at least say “I looked, but I couldn’t seem to
find a good tutorial. This page looks outdated…” That at least
shows you tried, and is likely to get a friendlier response.
By the way, I have no problem being called out if I start asking stupid
questions, too. But frankly, I think a harsh answer like lmgtfy, or even
justfuckinggoogleit or STFW, is better than no answer at all. Better for
the user, because they might get their question answered, and they might
even pick up some Google skills. Better for us, because the same person
won’t be back tomorrow asking the exact same question, wondering why it
never gets answered.