For more specific situations it would be different, I was referring to the sort of basic questions that most people who get a dog or a puppy encounter at some point, such as the examples I mentioned. And I know that doing a search can be frustrating, but you really don't even have to use the "search" function, if people go to the forum that best fits their question all they'd need to do is scroll through a page or two of the most recent topics posted in that forum and see if any of the thread titles match their question. Really, that should only take a few seconds. I do it all the time, looking for previous threads to link to, so I know it's not a big deal! If the question is housebreaking, or spay/neuter, or food-type/amount, or pulling on leash, or puppy biting, or whatever, those words are going to be in the thread title, and easily spotted.
And any time someone posts on a thread, it gets bumped up, so it will show up in Active Topics, or be moved to the top of the forum it's in - the board sorts by the last post, not when the thread was originally started, so even for really old threads they're going to show as current when someone posts on them. Sticky threads, for the REALLY common questions, are always at the top of each forum, not matter how old.
The thing is, the newbies to the site and the breed haven't seen those questions 400 times already, and they think their question is unique and immediate.
As for the search function, instead of posting here about Cujo, the first thing I did was run a search, something like: weakness back legs, not eating and out of the threads I immediately found a thread whose symptoms mirrored Cujo's. I read the thread to the end, through the different diagnosis and then how they found the dog had cancer as well. Hoping that was not the case for him, I was able to give some of the info to my parents and was not surprised when the vet came back with the same types of issues.
In all, I think that was far more helpful than starting a new thread, hoping it would be seen by the right people who have had experience with the symptoms. Though I did get support from people when I did post about what was happening with Cujo, and that was helpful, what I needed was information fast, and by using the search function, that is what I got. The beauty of having a site dedicated to this breed and with so many members whether they are current members or not, I suppose you have to go some to have a truly unique issue.