I'm Ina. I've been a member of StackOverflow and StackExchange for about five years. It's been a great community to ask questions in, and to grow as an independent professional.
When I found out that there was a Graphic Design meta, naturally, I thought this would be the appropriate place to ask my graphics software questions that don't seem to have answers available via the usual search engines.
Now, before you go ahead and tell me that I'm wrong, Graphics Design Stack is actually not about specific technique that is software-dependent, but more about general advice... well:
I've found out the hard way: I asked two specific questions relating to two different projects, and I've been downvoted to the point of being unable to post questions.
The first one was down-voted with no explanation. As an Autodesk 3ds Max certified professional and instructor, I can vouch that it's definitely a legitimate advanced question, that's both open to different answers in differing techniques and even different methodologies. After browsing through a few other questions with that tag, I realized that software-specific questions are haphazardly welcome for some and not for others. Some users answer specific questions, but the mod's seem to discourage this.
The second question is more general and about large-format wall printing mediums.
Granted, I could have phrased both questions in better words, but both were posted without understanding what this site is about.
According to this site's FAQ, it's not supposed to be specific to how to solve problems, but more about the "why". (Although, in another preamble, there's the preference for de-facto answerable questions, rather than discussions... "Why" is often rhetorical.)
Graphic arts theory and history; "Why" we do what we do and not necessarily the "how" in logo design, fonts & typography, visual communication, Web design, Layout and printing, Illustration, Digital media
Looking at the latest questions asked, it seems that many others seem to have confused the "why" vs "how".
I respect what has been decided already about this site. New and confused users to this stack, such as myself, would appreciate that this be incorporated in the banner, or the main page or the ask page, so that we won't make the faux pas of asking questions that this site does not find acceptable.
(Although: I would appreciate it if there were a GraphicDesignSoftware stack, since a lot of people have advanced usage software questions.)