I'd love it if we could go back to the olden days where the web was essentially a combination of an encyclopedia/how to/why does...
Many of those sites do still exist - they're now relegated to page 2,014 in the SERPs.
Over the last few years I have found it harder and harder to get my questions answered by Google because of the dross of sites selling items.
"How to paint blue widgets red" yield thousands of listings covering:
a) Blue paint
b) Red Paint
c) Buy Blue Paint
d) Buy Red Paint
e) Buy Blue/Red Paint
f) Buy Blue Widgets
g) Buy Red Widgets
Some 15 years ago a clever person wrote an excellent article on "How to paint blue widgets red", it was once featured quite prominent in Google, now it is drowned out by a) to g) above. In frustration put your search term into other search engines and you could be forgiven for believing they only rent out Google's data base and algorithms.
I suppose I probably do about 20 searches a day on average, most are easy - but the esoteric "How To's" are now buried. [ADDED]
One of the best additions to the WWW has been self help forums of the type where you can ask questions from like minded people. In Australian one of the best is Whirlpool
which seems to cover not only every topic under the sun but attracts experts as well as representatives of many organisations alert to complaints, e.g. your ISP
Make a genuine complaint where you hadn't received help from whoever you were dealing with, and don't be surprised if a company troubleshooter replies to your post. Whirlpool:
[edited by: IanCP at 9:44 pm (utc) on Mar 14, 2019]