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What is with all the insipid questions?

Tim McGuire
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Joined: Apr 30, 2003
Posts: 820

I've recently started noticing posts in which the poster asks some kind of insipid question along the lines of "Shucks, guys, I just wanted to know what everyone thought of Strings?" and then they just kind of sit there and grin while waiting for the
community to help them tuck their shirts in and fasten their belts.

They are answered, appropriately, by suggestions to Google it and show some effort, etc.

and they keep coming back with equally insipid and maddeningly unspecific follow-up questions along the lines of I still don't understand why String uses equals, could you please provide an example?

I KNOW it is "A friendly place for programming greenhorns" and I love helping and being helped for genuine problems. I don't mind cluelessness, inexperience, outright stupidity, or even desperation because I've been in all of those states. I don't even mind rambling discussions on the java API, but these posts I speak of are annoying on a wholly new level.

They seem to want to engage someone, even people who are quite firmly telling them that the way they ask is not appropriate.

Is it just me? Are they just trying to boost their number of comments? Are they lonely? Are they automated? Is there a policy on this site about them? Has anyone else wondered these things?
Koen Aerts
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Joined: Feb 07, 2012
Posts: 344

Tim McGuire wrote:Are they just trying to boost their number of comments?

What good would that do anyways?

Tim McGuire wrote:Are they lonely?

Lonely and bored.
Jeff Verdegan

Joined: Jan 03, 2004
Posts: 6109

Koen Aerts wrote:
Tim McGuire wrote:Are they just trying to boost their number of comments?

What good would that do anyways?

Heh. You might be surprised what some people think is important.

But no, I think these people are just lazy and have no initiative and no concept of self-sufficiency. They seem to have the mindset that doing their own thinking is a horrible, intolerable burden to be avoided if at all possible, and golly, thank goodness the web exists because that's what it's for (after porn, Facebook, and lolcats, of course).

Jimmy Clark
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One of the key potential dangers of technology is the gradual deterioration of key brain functions responsible for problem solving, memory retention, reasoning, to name a few. When "social" aspects are introduced, things only get worse as the individual shifts their social activities to involve and depend upon technology. Deterioration of social skills and communication abilities follows, along with narcissistic personality disorders. Leading social scientists around the world have been studying various patterns and in the next 20 or 30 years we shall see the results...
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