Recently I asked the math.SE community my first question (link), after a few minutes an experienced used resolved my issue with a smooth answer.
But my problem is that this question was derived from an answer to another question from another user. What I first tried is asking for explanations in the post itself and not spam the server with derivatives of questions. Yet I got this SE-limitation. And I decided it is there for a reason and that newcomers should answer and ask before commenting, which makes sense somehow. So I created my question.
Immediate backlash followed in the comments, so here are my questions :
- As a newcomer I only bothered to read the "How to ask a good question.". But this guide does not seem to tackle the issue. One needs to do a google search and find this "How to mention/tag any user in a post?". Should I really have gone that far before asking a question?
- Second issue is that I have the impression that I tried my best, but the critics came from a moderator, or at least someone with 3k+ rep that has some moderation privileges (who is supposed to know the mechanics of the site more than I do). Hence I have a tendency to believe the argument from authority and that I was in the wrong. But as I defended myself, I said I did link the answer (a shortened reference, I found info somewhere, I link the info, clearly not a reference for publication standards) and after the first wave of critic, I edited and added the specific names of the authors. But clearly that was not sufficient. What could I have done more? Should I have farmed more reputation before asking my question? Not asking my question at all? I am still confused at the moment.