I’ve made no bones about saying that there is so such as thing as a stupid question.
Okay, I’ll clarify…asking a question when the answer is blatantly obvious or re-phrasing a question that was just answered, just so that you can ask a question (or were too lazy to listen to the earlier answer) is stupid.
We all deal with this. Especially in HR, where we pull together and roll-out guidelines and policies that assume that those people working for us are fully functioning adults capable of making reasonable decisions. Ah yes, the infamous “assumption”.
And you know that a policy roll-out isn’t official until someone asks a “what-if” question. You know, the really obscure variation of what may possibly happen…and likely never will, but you never know…and it’s just good to know in case.
But I’ve come to realize that there may be somewhere that gets even more inane questions than HR: food blogs.
I love food blogs – they are my lifeline to new recipes, inspiration, and help when I need something that I can make with almond meal, honey, coconut milk, and chocolate. Stat.
What drives me crazy about food blogs (and I cannot even begin to imagine how those bloggers feel) are the questions. I mean some are completely legit and useful. Others…not so much.
Seriously people do you not have any kind of imagination whatsoever. If the recipe is called cherry chocolate chip cookies, and you a) don’t like cherries, b) don’t have any cherries, or c) are deathly allergic to cherries then a) use another freakin fruit or b) don’t make these…don’t ask the blogger what to do.
Or if the first 10 people who commented asked ” what could I substitute for maple syrup” (although that begs that question, why the hell would you NOT want to use maple syrup…unless you have run out…in which case, my sincerest condolences).
So, these 10 people have all asked the same question and the blogger has patiently copied/pasted her answer to each and everyone, “you can use honey”, then WHY, WHY, would you ask it AGAIN? Why would you not take a moment to see if maybe someone else had the same question. Because you are special? Because you are too busy to read the other comments? Or do you think that maybe the 11th time this question is asked it’s like an Easter egg and the blogger will reveal something new and exciting…like a portal to a secret ingredient list?
I blame Google Search. It and any other search engine out there that has made people slaves to the instant answer. Can’t decide what to wear on a first date to a baseball game? Google it. You are allergic to all nuts and want to know what you can use as a substitution for peanut butter in a Peanut Butter Cookie recipe? Google it (or be the 100th person to ask the blogger). Wondering whether it’s okay to wear your capri yoga leggings to the office, as long as you wear a blazer with them? Ask your HR person.
But whatever you do…do not try to figure these things out on your own…common sense is over-rated.
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