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It's happened to me as well, you search for your answer all morning, post that you have searched and ask your question only to get a link to a google search.
Where did all of the helpful people go? I still try to help people who are trying to learn ASP or other things that I know about. I found lots of help here when I was learning ASP, but I'm having a rough time finding help with PHP and htaccess questions lately.
I'm not suggesting that people should be able to come here and have their code written for them, but sometimes a little bit of help can really get someone going, and once that help is 'on the record' it's much easier for the next person to find that help by searching.
Have all the coders moved on, are we all search promotion junkies now?
I sometimes question whether or not people have actually searched for themselves to try to get certain answers. There are literally MILLIONS of pages out there that show you how to set up a connection string, retrieve form submission values, store into a database, etc. Yet they still come here and have "do it for me" requests (many posts from the same person requesting a DIFM, when they've moved on to a different part of their code). Enough of my rant.
I was just wondering if anyone else noticed. I still get great answers, and try to give some as well, but I don't remember seeing as many non-answers in the past.
ask your question only to get a link to a google search
Guilty! That, or a link to the PHP site. I'll do that sort of thing for a couple or reasons.
I'm working on something now for the PHP forum. We'll see if it ever sees the light of day. For me, it's all about giving back what I've been given. All the coders have not left the building, some have 'real work' they need to devote time to as well. On a different day the same question might elicit a completely different type of response.
I suppose the degree of helpfulness varies by forum.
A few weeks ago I had a nagging HTML/CSS problem, and posted a question on the CSS forum. Next day, as I had expected, I found a detailed explanation of the problem and its solution posted by SuzyUK. Not merely a solution to my problem, but a lot of specific pointers to the relevant standards. So I got both a solution to my problem and a valuable tutorial.
I, for one, am not complaining :)