How is my analogy flawed?
The person answering me answers of their own free will. It is their choice to spend their time/energy/resources to answer my question. Energy is saved as a whole if I ask via forums because if I search Google, I have to put in extra time to find my answer, but on forums I can ask and get a straight answer. I ask A and get answer D on forums, but with Google I ask A and get answers B, C, and D that I have to sort through. Unless of course, the answering person searches Google themselves