I am currently using Linear Algebra Done Right by Sheldon Axler to self-study linear algebra in my free time. I'm not a student, I work full-time. I posted a question asking for help on Chapter 3 Exercise 4. I spend almost 2 hours working on it and couldn't figure it out. The question was down-voted twice, and put on hold because "it isn't clear what you are asking".
I think people are upset because I just posted the question directly from the textbook without showing my own work or clarifying further. But the fact is I got an answer to this question, and the answer was extremely helpful in my self-study of this textbook. It's not like I am trying to take shortcuts, I am not even enrolled in a class. Is it unacceptable to ask for help on a problem from a textbook that I am completely baffled on?