Someone has suggested that one should engage in due diligence before asking a question: "Google it first." Perhaps this is even in the site guidelines.
Someone recently commented on one of my questions;
"A Moderate amount of research can give you at least three examples..."
I see a problem here: Today, with Wikipedia, Google, etc, there is virtually no question that cannot be answered by "googling it", if you know how and what to look for. If so, why do we need this site at all? How much "googling" and surfing around Wikipedia is required before one poses a question? An hour? 5 hours? A week?
Are only questions whose answers can be found exclusively in books or very obscure sources valid for the site, but something requiring only "moderate research" is not appropriate?
IMO the value of this site is two-fold:
1) It serves as a centralized repository for validated/expert answers about questions of History.
2) It allows those of us who are less informed about History, such that we might have to "google" for days or weeks before coming upon the correct answer, to avail ourselves of the knowledge of experts, who either know the answer from their own studies, and/or because of their expertise, know how and what to "google" to get a solid, correct answer.
IMO "Google it first" needs to be clarified.