Is LMGTFY allowed on GBAtemp?

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Jul 27, 2010

Is LMGTFY allowed on GBAtemp? by YayMii at 6:05 AM (3,303 Views / 0 Likes) 33 replies

  1. YayMii
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    For those who don't know what LMGTFY is, it's a site designed for telling n00bs how to google (LMGTFY stands for 'let me google that for you').

    So for example, if someone was looking for a pony, you'd make a LMGTFY link, maybe use tinyurl, and then mask it like so:
    Here are some ponies [​IMG]

    I'm just wondering if we're allowed to use this to tell people to use Google to find illegal material, or just any material that the user could've found with a quick Google search.
     


  2. jan777

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    You spoiled the fun out of misdirecting noobs.
     
  3. RupeeClock

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    I suppose if we got technical, if you provided a tinyurl that redirected to a lmgtfy, that then redirects to a google search list that provides rom sites, you yourself would be guilty of linking to rom sites?
     
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    Do you really have to ask that dude? come on be real
     
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    This is kinda why I'm wondering about this. Because technically, you're telling them how to use Google, and then typing "DS ROMs" for them. But if you see it as just linking, then it's basically the same as what you just said. I'm just wondering about the mods' view of this, and if we can tinyurl LMGTFY to DS ROMs within the rules.
     
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    Best to be safe and not do it for that purpose.
     
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    hmm, it is technically linking to rom sites/whatever illegal material is being searched...so therefore I see it as against the rules, but thats just my opinion.

    Off topic: what did I do to get two ribbons and a little message that says advanced Member??
     
  8. YayMii
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    You have 50 posts. Notice how I have 3 red ribbons, and that's because I have posted more than 2000 times.
    For some reason, I have a high postcount, but barely anyone knows me. I have no idea why.
     
  9. jan777

    Member jan777 motion control..? srsly? so 2008. 3DS is teh bombz

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    I did this once.

    i put in DS DOWNLOAD in the lmgtfy. idk what happend to the thread though. prolly got locked. but got no warns. [​IMG]

    also, your giving out ideas on how to link files. i think this will eventually get against the rules here.
     
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    Not allowed.

    You're basically linking them directly to illegal files which goes against our rules. If used for another purpose such as linking to legal material then it should be ok, although it'd be nicer if you just linked them directly to said material then.
     
  11. Vulpes Abnocto

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    Though it should be said that LMGTFY is usually thought of as an asshole response which many of us have seen enough times to be very tired of it.
     
  12. YayMii
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    Okay, I understand.

    But I have a question. If somebody asks an incredibly stupid question and everyone's posting facepalm pictures or something, is it fine to post a LMGTFY link to answer?
     
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    not if he is asking for download for illegal stuff [​IMG]
     
  14. YayMii
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    Yeah, of course [​IMG]
     
  15. Vulpes Abnocto

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    Just don't be surprised if the LMGTFY post gets trashed.

    We get reports on these and other similarly insulting responses every single day.
     
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    What if the LMGTFY is actually more helpful than all of the other posts combined?
     
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    In that rare case, I'd try to close the thread with the LMGTFY as the final statement.
     
  18. Hadrian

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    If you use it people would assume you're a big dickhead with problems accepting that people don't know stuff.

    Just saying.
     
  19. p1ngpong

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    That exactly.

    If you use LMGTFY you are just being a patronising asshole, and are not offering any real help or adding anything to the discussion. I would fully support a policy of trashing any post containing it.
     
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    I think LMGTFY links have their place in the same way people yell at posts asking what good games there are for ___. In example, a topic is created for a post asking what the gamecube controller looks like. Why can't we be patronizing assholes to people who expect others to google search an image for them instead of doing it themselves?

    Awkward example, but I gotta get to work soon, so you know.
     

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