When I was kid I loved MAD magazine. One of the artist, Al Jaffee, came up with “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.” This was hands down one of my favorite bits. Jaffee’s great drawings were paired with several choices of answers to stupid questions. The quips blended with his unique style of drawing was pure genius. When you work in an office environment you become accustomed to the pervasive culture of “information need” and along with that comes a lot of stupid questions.
What is a stupid question? Well, it is anything that can be easily answered by doing a quick search on Google, looking in your email, or reviewing information that has been previously provided to you. Basically it a question birthed from laziness. As an event manager I can’t enumerate the amount of times I have been asked the dates and details of an event by my colleagues. Honestly, some folks ask for all the information that could easily be acquired if they would just go directly to the show web site. The amount time they take connecting with me and asking the question is longer, and takes more energy, than it would take for them to look it up for themselves.
So here is one quick way to provide a snappy answer to a stupid question, while also sending the message that in the future the questioner can take initiative and answer their own question. When approached with a stupid question simply go to:
Type in the pertinent search criteria and then click “Search Google.” You will then be provided with a URL that you can send to the questioner as your “Snappy Answer.” You can formulate your response like so ( I also provided a URL for you to test):
Here is the answer to your question about stupid questions : http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Stupid+questions
Have a great day!
Once they click on the URL it takes the user to a page that shows their question being typed into a Google like interface, searched and results appear. It is a wonderful site and I use it all the time – needless to say I have received a lot fewer stupid questions and time wasting queries.