I'm curious as to your thoughts about this. I remember some threads being locked (very few) with the reason being "you can do your own google on this subject" (not verbatim) and I always wondered if it was the subject matter or what? I mean there are a whole lot of topics that one can easily google but posting here brings a wealth of knowledge from, what I consider, trusted friends. Personal viewpoints and links to things that I probably would never find if I did my own google.
I don't know which ones you saw, but of the ones I've seen locked, I think it was largely that a person was effectively asking the board to do their research/answer their questions for them rather than trying to start a mutually interesting and useful discussion. Specifically, there were a few of the form:
"I'm a [profession], and I need [XYZ] with [ABC specifications] for my job. Can someone find [XYZ] for me?" (XYZ being some information or media that could be found online.)
To me, that's the kind of question for either Google or the poster's (paid) assistant--it's asking the board to do their work for them. The ones I saw also gave no indication that the poster had attempted any research whatsoever before asking the board, despite the implicit assumption that [XYZ] would be findable by random board members not in the poster's field. In addition, that kind of request seems (to me, at least) to have very limited potential for generating general-use or general-interest discussion that would be beneficial to the board community.
By contrast, imagine the same poster saying:
"Does anyone have advice for how to locate [XYZ-type] resources? I'm trying to find [XYZ] with [ABC specifications] for my job, but so far I'm hitting a brick wall. If I Google [very specific search terms], I just get the same 3 hits, but [less specific search terms] gives me millions of results that aren't related at all. The local library only has general [XYZ] information, and nothing on more specific niches. Any ideas?"
Same original motivation for the post, but A) the poster has already tried the obvious avenues, B) they aren't asking to be handed the search results, but rather for advice on how to search effectively, and C) the topic of "how to effectively search for stuff" is one that is both widely useful and has no one answer--something ripe for discussion.
Similarly, there's a big difference between "What temperature do I need to cook chicken to?" (Googleable, without much discussion scope) and "What's the best marinade for grilling chicken?" (opinion-based and scope for discussion).
I think the same basic concept applies even to on-topic stuff:
A post that asks "I'm going to a fancy wedding reception next week. Is it rude to pick my nose at the dinner table?" and gets answered with "Yes" really doesn't add anything to the board. It's not a nuanced or ambiguous question that needs to be discussed--it's something that could simply be Googled for the answer. OTOH, a question like "My nephew picks his nose at the dinner table. We'll be sitting at the same table at a wedding reception next week. Is there a way to prevent him from grossing out the other guests without overstepping since he's not my kid?" is suited for a discussion board--not only does it have no one answer, so discussion is needed, but the general topic of "how do I politely correct the manners of someone who isn't my minor child" is useful to a much broader swath of people than just the OP.
In general . . . What do you think about someone posting questions here instead of doing their own google search?
Depends on the type of questions and the frequency of them. Questions that involve opinions (like the marinade example) I don't mind because it can develop discussions and you can often get some good ideas. Questions like cooking times/temperatures or paint quantity calculations or how to heat soup in a microwave really only have one answer and in the amount of time it took to post, it could have easily been googled. And especially if you're frequently asking these easily google-able questions? Rightly or wrongly, I personally start to question your (general) ability to function as a productive adult if you're continually relying on an internet forum to supply your answer rather than researching it yourself.
I think the posts above hit the nail on the head, especially Mary Lennox's stating here:
Rightly or wrongly, I personally start to question your (general) ability to function as a productive adult if you're continually relying on an internet forum to supply your answer rather than researching it yourself.
I was the one who directed you to Google for proper, government-entity stated thaw times because I feel the best way to help someone who doesn't seem to know/want to know how to find info him/herself is to direct that person to the method that will give him/her the answer, not provide that answer myself by doing the research for him/her. I think as an adult who's internet-savvy, you should already know the difference between what inquiries foster discussion ("Is my DD a failure to launch?") vs. what is something you can certainly look up yourself and get a qualified response much faster than asking an internet forum ("How long will it take to thaw a frozen ten-pound roast?"). I do think if you are continually (and rather frequently) relying on an internet forum to supply you with the answers to the latter type of questions, then, yes, I wonder how you are able to function normally in life if you can't/won't get these answers on your own and wonder if you are your own "failure to launch" (mind you, I'm one of the posters on that thread who feel your DD's on the right track and definitely not a failure to launch per the info you provided). If you were to post on your "failure to launch" thread, "Hey, my 20-something DD is always asking me how long to cook a ten-pound roast or how long will it take to thaw a ten-pound roast rather than look it up herself and seeing me look it up for her then give her the info," I'm sure a lot of us (me included) would've said you're enabling her rather than teaching her to do the work researching the answers on her own.
As Onyx_TKD stated, it's also in how you word your inquiry. You state you Google lots of things that you don't ask about in this forum but, then, why the need to ask here about basic cooking science questions (basically, not recipe suggestions)? I looked at that thread Marga provided, and it mentions the microwave method of thawing. If you had stated, "I'm not sure if I gave myself enough time to thaw the roast. I saw online a thread giving directions for microwave thawing; does anyone have experience doing that and how did it turn out?", then I could see that fostering discussion (I would've recommended against it and why). From that poster's response, it seems *she* did the research you certainly could've done yourself for how long to thaw a ten-pound roast in the refrigerator, gave you the info you were seeking then provided you the link where she got the info. Gee, someone else did the research for you. I don't do that. You're an adult who knows how to use the internet; you can look it up yourself by Googling "thaw meat in the refrigerator" or something similar to that and get a response a lot faster than me looking it up, looking for the relevant info, calculating the length of time (if necessary) then returning to the forum, finding your thread and typing in the answer for you.