At Military aid Israel has received from the US , I posted a comment saying that I was voting to close the question because it's trivially googleable.

If any country has had foreign aid from the US scrutinised by the general public, it's been Israel. It's the country which would be easiest to google an answer for. The topic has been a constant talking point for some people. I've tried to avoid using the "bad faith" close reason, but if any question qualifies as bad faith, that would be one of them.

The OP hasn't addressed the comment, so it isn't obsolete. The question has been closed and re-opened, but it wasn't the result of the question being fixed.


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I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is trivially googleable

This is not a helpful comment. First, we don't close questions that are "trivially googleable". If you feel the question lacks prior research, downvote it.

Second, the comment does nothing to help improve the question, its only purpose is to critisize it. That goes against our commenting guidelines:

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I've removed the comment again. Please avoid posting similar comments in the future.

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    While "trivially googleable" isn't a close reason (thanks $deity), the fact that it IS trivially googleable is a very good indicator that the question was asked in bad faith, which IS indeed a close reason on Politics.SE
    – user4012
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 21:47
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    That's a stretch...
    – yannis
    Commented Dec 16, 2017 at 11:07
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    @user4012 Don't confuse laziness with bad faith; many trivially searchable answers get posted on e.g. Stack Overflow. That is clearly not done in bad faith.
    – user11249
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 9:55
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    @Carpetsmoker - on SO, they get posted because someone needs their work done for them. This question has no such "redeeming" quality - anyone even remotely interested in the topic would have been already inundated with info well before resorting to Politics.SE . I can MAYBE buy that it was a attempt at rep gathering, but Hanlon's razor clearly doesn't apply in this specific case
    – user4012
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 13:22

I deleted the comment because it was about to escalate to a discussion. I restored the comment for now, but if it again starts to become a discussion about something else than how to improve the question, I am going to delete it again.

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    If someone else engages in inappropriate behaviour, delete their comments, not mine, unless there's something inappropriate about my comment.
    – Golden Cuy
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 6:48
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    @AndrewGrimm Comments are ephemeral, don't get attached to them. Also, although your comment is not inappropriate, your close vote is. "trivially googleable" is a reason to downvote, not vote to close.
    – yannis
    Commented Dec 15, 2017 at 9:15

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