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I have noticed that in these two questions regarding airliner identification, the first thing the OP was expected to do was to Google the identification number.

While I do realize that this is the simplest answer, it seems to me, especially in the second question I listed, that learning to identify aircraft by shape, number of windows, placement of doors, etc. was almost discouraged.

So my question is, should our attitude towards this type of question be "Google before posting please", or should it be more like "Googling is obviously the simplest way, but this is how you could identify the plane in lieu of that"?

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It's worth noting that the first comment suggests googling! while both answers are explanatory and would fit your second suggestion fairly well.

In my opinion, these questions are fine for now. The second one could've been written a little better - four photos of what appear to be the same airplane are probably not going to produce any surprises - but they are harmless and could encourage more non-pilots to participate.

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