I'm noticing a rise in questions that could easily be answered with a Google search and/or Wikipedia article. For instance:
- What Is The Aorist Tense Of A Verb?
- What sort of “slave” is Paul referring to in 1 Corinthians 7:21-23?
The second question at least begins from a specific text but could easily be rewritten as "Describe first-century Roman slavery practices." The top answer for the first question is a direct copy and paste from Wikipedia and a comment linking to a Wikipedia article sufficiently answers the second.
I know that SE believes that it is rude to post LMGTFY links in response to such questions and has officially banned it, but I tend to side with this user (whose comment got more upvotes than any response on this question):
Questions with an answer that is trivial to find on Google are not helping the SO community. They are generating superfluous reputation, lowering the bar for asking genuine questions, and generally wasting people's time. Furthermore, the answers to these questions are almost always summarized, plagiarized or synthesized from the Google search results. Posting a LGTFY link is like tough love. It points the user to the right answer and does it in such a way that they will hopefully turn to Google for simple questions and SO for their more difficult questions.
Despite this stance, I understand that most consider it rude and an inappropriate way to answer such questions. At the same time, others have suggested that an acceptable answer could simply be showing someone the terms you used to Google the result and linking to the top answer. Would this be an acceptable response here on BH.SE - for instance on the above-listed questions? Would linking to a quality source be sufficient or would it be expected to summarize it even though the question shows no research effort?