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¿why would somebody answer a question with this answer?

some people put "idk" or "look it up on google"
i wonder who is gonna be the first one to answer with "idk look it up on google"

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will do! thanks :)
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tony -- those are really non-answers and do not help the person that asked. The guidelines say, "If you don’t know the answer, skip it."

http://www.ask.com/about/community/guidelines
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Because they have no answer?

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then why answer it?
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Ha, I usally just ingore it when people do that chizz, Or you can report it. They probe just answer it to get on your nerves or because they think it's funny.
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makes me wanna flip a table -.-"
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Because the want to add another question to their profile... -_-...

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"idk look it up on google" xD
Because they don't know the answer.

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then why answer it?
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Why can't I? :)
Because they are bored.
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Because they don't know the answer Hun.

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then why answer the question there hun
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Why not Hun it's fantastically lyrical.
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idk. go look it up on google, Alex. lol

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i just did it directed me back here :P
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lol. poor Alex.
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That is something I wonder. :p

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Because they're either lazy or wanna troll. I only tell people to "GOOGLE IT, FOO!" when it's a very simple question that I KNOW can be found on Google.

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It's simple enough. This is a community site and we all like to be involved. The problem is that even people who don't have anything to say want that involvement, so they respond with non-answers. (Look at me! I just tell stories.)

But think of it from this angle. Before they come in with their "idk" something about the question roused their interest enough for them to WANT to answer. Some of those people will retain enough interest to come back and read the other answers, and maybe learn something.

So I don't think such answers are altogether a waste of time.

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thanks this is the first answer that i was very satisfied to see :)
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Cheers, Bugs.
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That's a good point. Can't chase away potential contributors.
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Very good point Dodgy.
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"look it up on google" defeats the purpose of ask.com, i got the comment break btw lol.

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exactly but ask the question i told you to ask!
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Phlorence_602

Because they can.

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idkifimright

they just answer because they want to have a lot of questions on answered on their profile :P

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DolceMonserrat7

Ugh idk lol.... Can't comment anymore:( 30 min....

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cya then :P
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Lol I had that done to me before sorry to know, but for some specific reason I was allowed within like 20 minutes or so I guess the Mods love me! :D
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IDK.... Look it up on Google.

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i did it directed me back here
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Spin around three times then try it again...
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go to google and type in "do a barrel roll"
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Okay that wasn't even funny or anything consisting of the term word FUNNY I typed it in and almost freaked out after the screen started rolling and flipping... But was in some sort of way Lol >:(
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you said spin around and i wasnt gonna get up!
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I was being sarcastic in a funny manner, but alright then silly...
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