I have been fascinated for a very long time about primorials and reduced residue classes.
Unfortunately, my interest regularly gets past my ability to express my questions in clear, precise, standard mathematical language.
Coursera offers a wonderful course by Keith Devlin on thinking mathematically which I found from the ads on this site!
Professor Devlin focuses on the fundamentals which touch on my interests but still does not give me the clarity of expression at which I am aiming.
Is it appropriate for me to ask questions on how best to ask questions? Or do these type of questions belong somewhere else?
Let me give an example. Recently, I was interested in the fact the number of twin primes between successive squares changes in ways that I did not expect.
I was at a loss for describing why these changes were surprising to me. I ended up with a question that was so poorly worded that 1 person asked if I knew that the twin prime conjecture was still open and another person flagged my question as NARQ.
These two folks are among the most knowledgeable and skilled of the members of MSE (judging by the quality of their answers to other questions). :-(
I would have saved everyone time and relieved their frustration if I had first asked how to ask my question.
I've also noticed that many of my questions which I am most proud of have gotten little or no comments even when I offer a bounty.
I am pretty sure that lack of clarity is the issue.
Is there a place to ask how to better express a question in terms of standard terms and in proper mathematical context? If MSE is the right place, which tag would be appropriate so everyone is clear what I am trying to do? If MSE is not the right place, is there a right place?
If there is no right place, have folks considered a question lab type area? I think that highly motivated newbies and amateurs will greatly appreciate it and the quality of questions improve as people like me get better.