I have observed many times that people ask questions that have the specificity to be solved by a Google search. Yet they come to us and ask us. Often it could be fro a reference on a statistical method. Sometimes I refer them to Google and at other times I will answer the question after finding the answer through a Google search and people will reward me with reputation points for that! Why are we relied on so much in situations where the OP could easily get the answer through Google or Wikipedia? Is it just that we older folks haven't got the hang of search engines yet? Do people not understand how quickly google can come up with thousands of references of which many of the early ones will be very useful?
I'm not sure if this question was meant to be humorous Michael, but I'll take it as a serious question. :)
I've noticed this a lot and I tend to ignore questions like this and let someone else handle it because I think at least some of those who post such questions are just being lazy. Occasionally I'll flatly say something like "Have you looked at the help file" or "Have you googled '....'".
Giving these posters the benefit of the doubt and supposing they're not just being lazy, I'd attribute this phenomena to people not being fluent enough with statistical terminology (or not confident with their fluency) to correctly search or, if they have found something, to determine if this is the thing they should've been looking for. They are relying on someone who knows more about statistics to give it their "seal of approval" that this is indeed what they should be looking for. I don't think this is such a bad thing, since this, overall, leads to better use of statistics.