As one who has used (some would say abused) the search function, let me explain myself.........
If this site needs new members, a good way to attract them is by having good info available when a "potential" finds us via Google.
"good" info should, IMO, be easy to find, and in one place.
IMO, it is better to add to an existing thread, rather than start a new one.
As for the potential new members, it bothers me (and I know that it shouldn't) when a newbie posts a question and gets several thoughtful answers that he/she never checks back to read.
Maybe some person or bot will pull this up in 2099