That's no different to running an IRC help channel and telling every user there to read the manual that comes with the IRCd to find out the server's commands and functions instead of replying to their question.
Oh so we shouldn't tell people to, for example,
Instead we should:
This works in two ways. If you supply it with numbers for v1 and v2, it returns a random number between v1 and v2. If you supply it with letters, it returns a random letter between letters v1 and v2.
$rand(a,z) returns a letter in the range a,b,c,...,z
$rand(A,Z) returns a letter in the range A,B,C,...,Z
$rand(0,N) returns a number in the range 0,1,2,...,N
Maybe you guys think saying "use the search feature" is a bad response, but I think it is a perfect response. Ever heard the saying "give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime." What about next time when he has a question and people say "screw it, this guy never bothers to search, I'm not going to bother to help him." Or when no one is around to provide help, he is, bluntly put, screwed. Whereas when I say "use the search feature" he now knows how to receive help for this question and any other question he may have in the future. I don't see why it is our job to baby people asking for help, I'd rather teach them how to help themselves rather than have to help them everytime something comes up.