I edited the title to more accurately match the final disposition of this question. Still leaving it around for any others who might be as clueless as I was. It's a big world. There is a non-zero probability that this could happen.
It turns out I was even more clueless than I originally thought I was when I asked this question. Turns out the link I was looking for does appear but only after one uses a Question's text box.
But this explains why I only saw the formatting help link when I edited and not when I merely opened the question page. When I edited there was already text in that field. But when I just opened the new question page no text is present. Hence no formatting help link on the right.
Oh, well. At least I learned about the
? help button which I honestly had never noticed before.
Don't I feel foolish.
Recently I have started to ask a question (on Stack Overflow) and wanted to format text a certain way but could not remember how.
So I looked around for the link to "formatting help" which I know I have seen somewhere before on these sites, but I cannot find it.
So I then thrash around trying to search for this help information, but I am still not clever enough to find it.
Finally I remember I saw this link when I editted a post to an existing question, not started a new one. So I find an old question, pretend to edit it, and finally I can see and follow the link to the editing-help.
So is this just me? Am I the only one who looks for the editing help when Asking a Question but cannot find it?
Perhaps there actually is a link to the editing help available on the "Ask Question" page and I'm just failing to notice it?
If not, I suggest that it would be a "good thing" to also make this help information more readily available to someone who is asking a question.