Let's say I have question. Because I am a noob, I don't know the answer to the question already. I want to be a good citizen, and avoid getting my question closed, so I follow the "How to ask" guide. The first subheading of that guide says:
Search, and research
Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you found and why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to try to help yourself, it saves us from reiterating obvious answers, and above all, it helps you get a more specific and relevant answer!
Both of the links in the guidance link to the search feature on webapps.stackexchange.com ,so the implication is that I need to search on this website first. I do, and I do not find a duplicate.
Should the community close the answer as "not clear or lacking details" if there's a good chance that there is an answer elsewhere? Maybe it's in the product documentation of the web app I'm asking about. Maybe it's on a blog post. Maybe it's on another StackExchange site. Is the right course of action to close this question? If so, should it be required to point out where the answer is elsewhere on the web?
For context, here is the help text shown to the user when a question is closed as needing "details or clarity":
Closed. This question needs details or clarity. It is not currently accepting answers.
Add details and clarify the problem you’re solving. This will help others answer the question. You can edit the question or post a new one.