When someone asks a question like, say, "what is the diameter of the Seiko 7002 movement?" or "where can I buy an XYZ?" often people respond with "Did you try google?" or "Use the search function!" But if you know the answer off the top of your head you could just as easily answer the question. Or...you could just ignore the thread. My sincere question is this- why should people have to work to get information? Is it the idea that "I put in the elbow grease and you should too. That's only fair"? or that "if everyone knows what I know, my knowledge is worth less"? Sure there are trade secrets- you don't want to share EVERYTHING. And no one is forcing you or even asking YOU specifically to do work you don't want to do or share secrets you don't want to share- you can just ignore the thread and move on. But to me the beauty of the internet is that you don't have to waste time searching, you can ask someone who knows. And forums are where you do that. Think of all the things you learned quickly from people generous enough to share their expertise and time on the internet. How much did you learn from someone telling you to "Use the search function!"?
So what is wrong with people asking for searchable answers and what is wrong with just giving them the answer if you know?