I only just saw this meta-question here at ELU about insulting LMGTFY links.
I can't understand what is really being referred to. I have followed the meta.ELU question links to the meta.SO discussions and links there and it just is not clear.
- a URL in an answer to lmgtfy.com with search terms
- a URL in an answer to google.com with search terms
- a URL in an answer with label 'lmgtfy' and linking to a web site (dictionary/thesaurus/answering website)
- a question that is general reference and could be answered easily with a google search
- something else?
My misunderstanding comes from the descriptions around it.
- First people are saying let's blacklist them. But what is 'blacklisting'? don't you have to have a specific domain name to blacklist?
- Let's presume that the phenomenon (whatever it is) is very bad, 'rude' is the usual term. But is it the site lmgtfy.com that is particularly bad? Or any googled reference?
- How is such a link rude? If the answer really is on the web isn't a link the -best- answer? Choice of search terms makes a big difference and picking the right ones can be value added.
- a link to a reference might be rude, but I would warrant that the original non-researched question that elicited the lmgtfy is also rude, and we (ELU at least) have institutionalized the response to these bad questions, because they are so troublesome, by the General Reference close option, which is essentially a statement that LMGTFY would suffice.
So all these possibilities together seem contradictory, on one end the lmgtfy comment itself being rude, and on the other the question which elicited such a comment being rude. Ostensibly 'LMGTFY comment' would mean literally a comment with a link to lmgtfy.com, but banning them would be like banning the use of the Gen Ref close option.
So which is the correct meaning of 'LGMTFY comment', and how is that different from Gen Ref?