There is no guarantee the Googled answer is right. I've seen one of the major Google answer people give a wrong answer before.
From a moderator's perspective, incorrect answers are not subject of moderation, typically. So long as it is an answer, all that we really can do is downvote like any other human being.
If you do find a question with an accepted but incorrect answer, just post a new one! It happens all the time and having Google as your source of information does not matter here.
I do have one exception on record, but that was due to an incorrect, "joke" answer with a massive amount of votes that couldn't be fixed while keeping the joke and that the author was not interested in fixing, and well, exception handling is the core of what moderators do.
There is no guarantee that the site the answer was found on has a license permitting the content to be used here. People who write FAQs for GameFAQs tends to explicitly forbid this sort of thing.
If you're copying content, you're copying content and there's nothing googling has to do with it. If you find plagarized content, please flag it for moderator attention and we'll take care of it.
Don't plagarize. If you find something amazing on the internet, consider writing a summary in your own words explaining the core of the matter and then link to it. If you must, quote, but keep it short and sweet.
Since people who post Google answers don't know the games, they also don't know when the game changes, let alone if those changes invalidate their answers.
Information rot is something that does concern me, and I have an outstanding feature request that should help in this regard.
That said, I do have a number of rotten Minecraft answers. I've played the game, I've occasionally sourced my answers with other resourced (Minecraft wiki on top), I try to keep up to date with what's changing, but... I have written, what, 70-odd answers on this game in the course of the last year and a half?
I can't remember each and every one of them, and going back to look at every answer of mine to see if it's aged well is... well... it's not the kind of "fun-sized unit of work" this site works on. It's capital-W work, and one I've been slacking off from. Bad badp, bad!
I see this as a problem in the system, and certainly it worries me. I believe anonymous feedback can be an important signal for identifying rotten content, hence my feature request.
At the end of the day, though. Just because you googled your answer, it doesn't mean it's more likely to rot. This depends entirely on the game at hand.
In general, information rot is perhaps the biggest challenge Stack Exchange as a whole faces right now. In my humble opinion, it's a system-level issue in need, right now, of a system-level answer.
Using Google to source your answers is both good and does not directly lead to information rot. Certainly, it doesn't help however. So here's my advice:
If a question can be easily answered by Google, don't just stop at the first hit. Dig deeper, look into the matter, do some science. Write something original, show us the money.
If a question can't be easily answered by Google, yet you managed to (likely, the asker is using the wrong terms), there's really no shame in answering with search guidance. You're genuinely helping the community, you're genuinely helping Google and you're genuinely making the internet a better place to be.
So no, I really can't bring myself to say "stop Googling your answers dammit!" Typically, we can tell when an answer is a cheap rip off from Google (if you have suspicions, just select the text, right click and search it on Google itself!) and the answer will be voted accordingly.
Generally, sourcing your answers is a great thing to do.
- If you feel the community is upvoting a specific incorrect answer, post your own, talk about it on chat and let us know. If this answer has too many votes to be brought back in its place, poke us and we'll try to right the wrong, somehow, hopefully.
- If you feel an user is engaging in copyright infringment, bring proof. What did he copy from what? We take this kind of stuff pretty seriously.
- If you feel a contest is bringing people to post about games they haven't played, the issue probably is more with the contest rather than the user. Talk about this specific thing on meta.