Every so often I see a question that is simple, easy to search, etc. When I see these questions, they often times get downvoted, and quite a bit as well. Sometimes I've even seen them closed. Can I ask why it's a bad thing to close or downvote easily searchable questions? Sure it's kind of silly to ask here, since, most of the time, it'd be simpler to just type it into Google, but is it really hurting anyone to have these questions stay?
The more questions that are asked, the more activity goes on here, and even if it's easy, if someone later on down the line searches the easy question, they might stumble upon our site and use it, which in turn gives us a new user to ask, answer, and contribute to the site.
I guess if you get down to it, if you start allowing every question, maybe the site gets filled with silly questions that are easily searchable, but there is also a chance that the person asking has searched and is maybe just not searching the right terms or whatever, and is genuinely having a hard time finding an answer.
Any thoughts? Is this something covered in the rules that I missed?