It wasn't the consensus two years ago among good players. I don't doubt you could find tables where the regs would say to do so, but they were actually just too tight. If you go read HPFAP or Inside the Poker Mind, you'd may find advice that tight (you may not) -- the games have changed and the advice was argued even when printed. Here's a discussion
from 1999 between Izmet Fekali and David Sklansky courtesy of wayback.org. In the early 2000's the game changed to more LAG and over the last decade + limit players are pretty unlikely to fold AQo in all but the most extreme spots. 2 years ago, good players would have had the same discussion we had here -- lolraise, unless raiser's range is silly tight. If people were telling you to snap fold AQo against a good % of raisers, they were mostly just bad at poker.
Of course you could flat call. There are ranges against which you have enough equity to call but against whom raising is a bad idea. You should consider all three options, especially if there are already cold callers. How does my hand play against the range of hands these guys are playing this way? That should drive your decisions. The beginner advice is never cold call first in, but even that is suspect and wouldn't be 100% followed by anyone who played well.