Asking the question

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I’m not sure when exactly it starting happening enough to qualify it as an official change in the approved methods of getting answers, but I’m already baffled by the way it’s become sort of taboo to ask someone a question that MAY have been possible for you to look up yourself.

Nevermind the fact that it may have taken you all day to find the answer to something someone else probably could have just enlightened you about.

Nevermind that YOU have no problem helping OTHERS when they ask YOU a question – do you even remember the last time you redirected someone else to look it up themselves (kids not included)?

Since when did we become this society where actually TALKING to someone is considered a last resort if even an option at all? When did mentoring get replaced by wikis and online search? No offense Google. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge advocate of doing it myself if I can. But sometimes it’s just better to actually talk to someone, or to “survey the group” to find out WHO you can talk to about whatever “it” is, especially if there’s a high likelihood of follow up questions to be expected.

And I’m by no means saying that you need to actually talk face to face, or even over the phone or skype or any of that, although those are all great options. I’d take even a simple text or an email response many times over nothing at all, especially when needing to look up some abstract, vague, edge case issue that would be worse than looking for a needle in a haystack.