Lately it seems that when I ask a question about how SO does something, there's someone determined to downvote the question, even though said questions, generally speaking, have a fair bit of research in them.
It seems some users dislike my desire to gain detailed knowledge about how certain things are done behind the scenes at SO (the app engine).
This leaves me with the impression that I'm doing something wrong, and I'm trying learn about things I'm not meant to.
From the FAQ:
If your question is about:
Stack Exchange Area 51
The core Stack Exchange engine that powers all Stack Exchange websites
… it is welcome here.
There is nothing nefarious about my desire. I am writing an application with overlapping functionality and, lacking the knowledge and experience to think of my own solutions to every problem, I find it useful to know how SO does certain things.
I could have asked on SO itself, but Meta seemed more appropriate. It seems some users have an impulsive, negative reaction to this.
Is knowing how stuff works at SO frowned upon?
Have I misunderstood one of the purposes of the meta site? Or is there a better way to ask?
I point to one example, but this has happened on several occasions now. So I'm curious what the official position on this is.