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STEP 1: The problem.
You have a problem.
Don't tell me you don't have problems.
Everyone has problems.
Determine what your biggest problem is.
Don't have a big problem? Too scared to admit it?
You can start smaller- How about a small problem?
How about something that concerns/bothers/confuses you today/this week/recently?
Come up with a bunch of keywords that describe your problem.

STEP 2: Ask google for solution to your problem.
Google your question using ALL the possible keyword combinations that your problem relates to or has in it.
See if anyone already has a similar problem or has already resolved it.
Take 3 hours if you must.
Finding correct information can get tough, especially if it is obscure, hidden, answered incorrectly or has conflicting answers.
Answers without proper sources or evidence are generally incorrect and should be disregarded.

If there are too many conflicting solutions and opposing answers and you're not sure which is correct,
Use the principle of "Occam razor" to figure out the most correct answer.
"Simpler explanations are, other things being equal, generally better than more complex ones.
Among competing hypotheses, the one that makes the fewest assumptions should be selected."
Occam's razor is used in medicine when there are many explanations for symptoms and the simplest diagnosis usually is the correct one.
If a child has a runny nose, they probably have the common cold instead of a rare birth defect.
If a tree suddenly feel down in a forest - wind was responsible, not a wizard.

STEP 3: Report results
How successful were you?
Were you able to solve your problem?
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Samimimima Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
This is going in my list of religions invented by Alexiuss, along with the Church of Captain and that lemonade-cult-thingy. Even though I don't have a list of religions invented by Alexiuss. I'll make one eventually.
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Avolendi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This sounds like your default approach to any IT problem xD
(as long as you're not making something new and unique)
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QuirkyIceHeart Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have learned much.
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alexiuss Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
GOOD
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Clovenhoof Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
i see the logic in this, it's an interesting theory you have there.

i've kinda learned to work out my own solutions because i work with problems people haven't solved yet. that's really all there is to it. i'd say people are a lot more engaging if they possess the mindset to work out their own problems.

it's VERY HARD to find people that do it when you're recruiting also, but it's exactly those people you need to do interesting stuff.
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Mabiruna Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Это надо говорить каждому, кто говорит мне "ДА ТЫ ГЕНИЙ, КАК???" когда я ставлю программу на чей-то ноут или помогаю "найти картинку с серым котом очень надо не знаю что делать ужас просто" =___0. Я себя дебилом чувствую, когда иду в гугл и пишу "серый кот". и кидаю ссылку спросившему :D
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Reedpiper Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
//AGRESSIVE CLAPPING
ILOVEYOUOMGok I love this so much ahhahahahha you arehilariuos

this- and reading your replies to other people's stuff made me smile a lot!
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vindurza Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
limitless answers can come out of google some mind scarring
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alexiuss Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
There are very specific mathematical and statistical constants that define the world.

Using Occam's razor, logic, % of approval of most respected scientists, and probability of realism you can reduce answers to a few or to a single most logical, most probable, and most statistically likely answer and this answer will be the most correct and most helpful in life.
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vindurza Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
that's an interesting take on it
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Tawnya Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Were you able to solve your problem?" About 98% of the time. The other 2% means I must not have had a problem and therefore an answer was unneeded. :XD:
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Lerdavian Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student General Artist
that moment when a tree falls down in the forest and then it was a wizard. O____O
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Dogfreak1233 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Yes, I have done this many a time :D
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MAPle-meg Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All hail the mighty search engine. Perhaps it has an answer to the meaning of life.
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doogie-sama Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student General Artist
i think even Google will say it's 42 :P
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MAPle-meg Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
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Forecaster71 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My problem that I will not admit to having is that I don't have a problem to not admit having. I googled this and found [link] which has helped me get a problem that I can not admit to having!
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alexiuss Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
wait what.
a website that charges for problems?

unsolved problems are free to find if you know how to google for them.
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NorthWyrm Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
That website is amazing.
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Shattered-Stars100 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I Google stuff all the time, as my brother says "Google if your friend."Sometimes I just feel worse about my problems afterwards, like personal problems, but if they're practical I usually find the answer fairly quickly. Why just today I learned how to properly trim my dogs nails, and how to prepare and eat a prickly pear.
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ChildoftheGreenWood Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Haha.
Goggling your problem is the surest way to convince yourself that you are dying. :)
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alexiuss Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
learn to use occam's raizor on the answers to trim away unrealistic or unlikely things, just like a real doctor who gets to decide what a patient sick with when they come to them.

If you have a headache, air pressure is to blame, not cancer.
Most self-diagnose sites (specially ones that my wife finds) are utterly useless because they do not use statistical probability next to their answers.

If I designed a medical site I would do it like so:
someone searches "I have headache".

Site answer:
symptoms - headache.
causes:
99% probability is changes in air pressure
1% probability is other causes

solution:
60% probability of Tylenol working
40% probability of a placebo pill working
etc
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ChildoftheGreenWood Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Ah, that would be lovely. But to synthesize rare diseases as well as Eastern and Western medicine into one place... It would be sooooo complicated and argumentative.
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Sushimitzu Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
This reminds me of the interesting polls you used to make on behalf of others. Is that you talking here or someone else?
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alexiuss Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
me
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AndurilWielder Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist
My problem doesn't exist! Google couldn't find anything on it. :P
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TyganDaciaAlctej Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
If I can't figure something out I don't hesitate to Google it. I learn stuff faster that way and it's how I've figured out most of the stuff I know about computers, survival techniques, etc. Sometimes just because I want to know a random fact. If I run into stuff that I don't understand because of it being Pro talk or just something I haven't learned before then I go and I look up what that is. All in all I've never failed to figure out what I needed. :) In general being willing to put research behind what you don't understand can go a long way if you know how to use search engines well, and if you don't then maybe it would be a good idea to put some research into it. :D
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tigerallied Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Or, if you're like me, you will start searching for information about George Washington and end up, 4 hours later, reading about quantum theories and Doppler effect.

One of the dangers of "googleing".
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TyganDaciaAlctej Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Lol yeah, but that happens to me more often on youtube. Start watching kittens playing, and the next thing I know I'm watching a person explain astrophysics, or I end up on that side of youtube where I'm trying to figure out what the heck I'm even watching and why someone video recorded it. :/ And then wonder why I'm still watching it. "I'm disgusted and repulsed and I can't look away."
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Hah hah! Hear hear. I might've started looking up a word definition and I'll end up reading about mythical creatures, gender identification, birth defects, and space-time theory simultaneously.
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tigerallied Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What I learned so far is that 99% of the cases if you have a problem someone most likely had it before you.

And in 97% of the cases made a tutorial on how to fix it. Youtube is also your friend when it comes to tutorials.
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Forecaster71 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You mean my problem isn't unique and special?
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CentiumCuspis Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I once read that all problems should be read as opportunities, like an opportunity to vist the dentist. this still dosn't feel right.
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tymki Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
My problem is procrastination, so I WOULD look at this, but eh... don't feel like it. XD
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vitezaucide Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
remind me to high five you later
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:icontymki:
tymki Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
I would but I couldn't be bothered.
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KakashiMorph Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
I am guilty of googling and wikiing most things. :( I usually find what I'm looking for, although it is more confusing for health advice (I was wondering for example at some point why my tongue would itch terribly and the result was reading about avoiding mouth wash etc. A friend of mine that had some medicinal knowledge told me I had probably burned it recently and it was healing XD).
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alexiuss Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
learn to use occam's raizor on the answers to trim away unrealistic or unlikely things, just like a real doctor who gets to decide what a patient sick with when they come to them.

If you have a headache, air pressure is to blame, not cancer.
Most self-diagnose sites (specially ones that my wife finds) are utterly useless because they do not use statistical probability next to their answers. They pretty much say "cancer" right away.

If I designed a medical site I would do it like so:
someone searches "I have headache".

Site answer:
symptoms - headache.
causes:
99% probability is changes in air pressure
1% probability is other causes

solution:
60% probability of Tylenol working
40% probability of a placebo pill working
etc

patients could even enter their own answers into the site, to increase probability and confirm statistics of decease as well. they would have to use their phone number or facebook to confirm that they're a real person and not a troll bot that wants to screw with statistics.
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KakashiMorph Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Your idea is actually a very good one and I am surprised no one has made it a reality yet. User statistics in this case could be useful and I bet they could even help change some of the general thoughts regarding common symptoms (like headaches, for example, as you mentioned).
Someone could even do a combined search ( eg. headache AND dizziness) and get other results.
You're on to something good here.
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Rooki-SK14 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I google my problem...
And I am not reassured. At all O_O
Turns out it seems my problem will get worse and worse until my life is destroyed ;w;
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aips Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I tried to google answers to why my two finger scroll doesen't work sometimes, and all I found was lotsa PRO-talk that I didn't understand. It was tiring and annoying so i stopped searching for the day. today my two finger scroll works. idk..

I often google words to check spelling. or for translating. like, every day?
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thefluffyone93 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
WIIIIIIZAAAAAARD
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PereRhia Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Quick question: Does using Google Chrome count toward this? Because if that is the case, then I guess I'm guilty of using Google all the time. ^-^
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BellJorienViola Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I am hungry. And that's a BIG problem. How do I solve that? I demand your advice, mighty Google.
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alexiuss Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
step 1:
make money using the internet
don't know how? google it!

step 2:
find a local food establishment and exchange money for food.

works for me.
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BellJorienViola Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, thank you, dear friend. That was helpful and I am going to try it.
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Syzygi Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've noticed that most people really have no idea how to find things on the internet. Google or other search engines, doesn't matter which, people really have no idea how to use themO.o Although it really is pretty easy.
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deBoru Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I am a devout googlist! I can ask the entire sum of human knowledge anything I want and I will always find some kind of answer!
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AlanSteenhouwer Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
... Why is there suddenly talk about google? My Inbox had some journals, and a couple poll on the subject. Is something happening to google? (And no. Google wasn't able to give a satisfactory answer.)
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