I asked a question yesterday about something that turned out to be an error in my understanding of the Quadratic Formula and radicals. I am taking Algebra I, far inferior to the majority of users on this site (I think). I followed the SE guidelines for asking questions:
Search and Research: I looked up on Google and on MSE my question (reasonably generalized) and came up with nothing. ✓
Be on topic:
Understanding mathematical concepts and theorems
Be specific: I specified what I got as my answer, and specified my question. ✓
Make it relevant to others: My question made use of a concept required for an understanding of algebra and all fields above it. ✓
Keep an open mind: After being explained why what I did was incorrect, I thanked the user and accepted the answer. ✓
However, even after doing all this, as one user in comments put it, "of all the votes received by the asker, a third of them were downvotes." I have also, at time of writing, received 3 closevotes. I understand that voting is up to the voter, but what did I do wrong? I was also (deliberately or indeliberately) spoken to by a few users (the majority were nice to me, and I thank you for that) in a manner making me feel unappreciated, unwelcome, and unworthy.
I am familiar with other corners of the SE network that, in my humble opinion, manage the balance of healthy elitism and acceptance better than here. I mean absolutely no disrespect to all the wonderful members of MSE, but were I not as familiar with SE, I likely would have left with a bad taste in my mouth.
There is already a meta ruling that questions of all difficulties are permitted here. My question is,
How can we make sure all users, old and new, remember this? In addition, What is our vision of an "ideal" MSE? Finally, if you think the premise of this question is wrong, What should I have done that would have made my question less controversial?
Thank you to @amWhy for prompting me to write this.