How boring would it be to be told to go scouring through pages and pages of posts and threads to find an answer...before being allowed to answer a question? I see this tactic used in some other forums
and it sounds like a really snotty thing to say...."Search the data base first, dude". "Then we will grace you with the honor of being able to ask us a question".
Half the fun is getting answers from people in somewhat real-time. If someone does not like seeing the repetition then don't come here. The other half of the fun is the social aspect. There is no social aspect to searching through a database.
In the 12 years that I have been a member
, I have seen hundreds of questions repeated. Nobody is requiring you to read them.