In browsing the questions that still need answers, I am frequently coming across comments and answers that say something like, "You know, if you would have just searched google, you would have found it. Literally, this was the 2nd list in the results ."
First, this is extremely rude. Secondly, it's not very constructive. Thirdly, I think it's even against SE policy that people link to outside sources for the answer, and not answer them directly in their answer itself.
The person making the comment or posting the answer then downvotes the question, as if it were their responsibility to judge what is a good question or not by the fact they them themselves only were to find value to whatever they themselves were able to find in Google search results or other search engines. This not only discourages the OP but immediately creates a defensive environment in the entire thread that could have originally been productive and, overall, a good question.
I personally have had this happen to me, and I have successfully petitioned for these nonconstructive answers and downvotes be remove from my questions.
But can we do something more formally that discourages even starting an answer or comment like this? I mean, if you do find an answer on google that you think is simple and that works well for you, then suggest it as an answer and let the OP decided, based on his or her background and experience, if that is appropriate for them. Not berate him because, for you, an answer you were found easy to understand came up number 3 in google.