Help Vampire

What does Help Vampire mean?

A forum user who keeps asking simple questions over and over

A help vampire is someone who consistently relies on websites like Stack Overflow, Reddit, or Discord, to get answers to basic questions, instead of trying to find the answer themselves. They turn to these online forums over and over again, rather than using a search engine or looking at previous posts that could have the answer. This behavior tends to sap the energy and time of other community members who are trying to help.

Often, these help vampires are new users who may not realize that their questions have already been asked and answered. They might not be aware that this kind of behavior is generally frowned upon in these online communities. Once they get an answer to their first question, they typically follow up with a series of other basic questions, continuing to act like a help vampire.

To try and stop the cycle of endless questions, experienced users typically guide these help vampires to resources where they can find the answers themselves. As the saying goes, “Give a help vampire an answer, and you feed them for a day. Teach a help vampire to use Google, and you feed them for a lifetime.”

Example for using ‘Help Vampire’ in a conversation

Hey, can you help me with something?

Sure, what’s up?

I’m trying to figure out how to install this software on my computer. Can you walk me through it?

Oh, you’re being a real help vampire right now. This information is easily available online. Have you tried searching for a tutorial or reading the documentation?