How To Avoid LMGTFY

Posted May 29, 2009 6:05 am by with 15 comments

LMGTFY is this. It is the answer given to someone who, foolishly, has posted a question to a forum without searching Google for the answer first. In the future, this may be replaced with Bing, but for now it’s Google.

People get really irritated when given LMGTFY as the "answer". But it is correct because people know the answer is there and it only takes seconds to do it.

3 tips to avoid being LMGFTY’d:

1. Use Google.


2. Don’t do a generic search then simply give up.

Let’s say you have a problem with the wireless card on your laptop. We’ll assume it’s made by HP.

If you search Google for "HP", obviously your solution won’t show up.

If you search "HP wireless", that won’t work either.

If you search for "HP wireless problem [insert model of laptop here]", now you’re getting it.

3. Post a link to a Google search you tried in your thread.

This does in fact prove you searched first and could not find the answer that way.

"But I didn’t know I was supposed to search Google first…"

If you have the wherewithal to..

a) Find a forum
b) Be able to sign up for the forum
c) Have enough basic knowledge to post a thread with a question can’t get away with saying "I didn’t know.."  Why? Because the whole sign-up/validate/post process is far more difficult than going to Google and searching which takes seconds. Everybody knows this.

In addition, Google is the #1 search engine on the internet. It’s in the dictionary for crying out loud. You can’t get any more obvious than that.

Be a good internet user and know how to search first before asking questions. It will save you from being pegged as an idiot.

15 responses to How To Avoid LMGTFY

  1. Drew May 29th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Another tip: Search the FORUM before posting… Chances are you’ll find an answer without needing to wait on responses


  2. Stacey May 30th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Another forum response you may get to obviously dumb questions is RTFM (Read The Fricken Manual). Alot of things come either with either a paper manual or a CD disc with the manual on it or a web address, check these first before posting to avoid the dreaded RTFM.


  3. quartet-man May 30th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I use Google a lot. However, even searching specifics will bring up tons of sites, some with contrary information. It is as much about the source of the info and the validity of it as it is in looking for it. Anyone can put anything on the web. I have found a lot of help there, but have also seen a lot of bad info out there. I have spent hours trying to find just the right info presented in a good way and come up with minimal help at least as far as exactly what I was looking for. I guess it can also depend on what you are looking for.

    Another issue with the search field on PC Mech is that it doesn’t allow you to search for words three letters inlenght. If you are searching for CPU by itself for instance, you are out of luck. Sure there are times you can add something else to it, but sometimes the exact post you are looking for might have had a certain word you remember that would weed out the other posts. If that word is three letters, it is no good. :)


  4. JT May 30th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    So is anyone gonna tell us what LMGTFY means???


    • Rich Menga June 1st, 2009 at 12:49 am

      Try clicking the link at the beginning of the article.


    • Lucas April 25th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

      lmgtfy stands for: Let me google that for you.


  5. princess0764 December 7th, 2009 at 6:01 pm


  6. bob March 8th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Do you have any idea how much work we here @ google have to do when people lmgtfy? Any idea at all? Use the forums for Pete’s sake, that’s what they’re there for!


  7. BBgamer March 14th, 2010 at 6:38 am

    You could always try looking at Yahoo! Answers. They have really fast answers.


  8. jr March 15th, 2010 at 4:11 am

    who cares
    if people are stupid enough to not serch google then just let them!!!!!!!!!!!!


  9. ysinha1 March 18th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    LMGTFY’d? Sound’s like Rickroll’d!


  10. Yezpahr April 27th, 2010 at 8:00 am
    I used to give that link to people if I couldn’t be arsed to respond with a link that contains the search query.

    I tried LMGTFY on one FAL (Frequently Asking Loser).
    But he wasn’t very amused by it because he claimed he tried it several times.

    That tells me that he couldn’t find the NEXT button.
    Maybe it’s time for the dev to add (in some way) a mouse-move to NEXT page.


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