New users can’t ask for clarifications except as answers
I'm a new user and would like to help answer a question (Question link). Ideally I would like to post a comment to ask some clarifying questions, but I'm unable to as my reputation is still at 1 as a 'newbie'. In my eagerness to help, I posted an 'answer' with my questions and a suggestion I thought would be helpful. It got a few upvotes but was then deleted by a moderator - which I now realise was probably inevitable given I was asking clarifying questions. I really want to help answer the question, but it feels like I'm in a catch 22 situation - what's the best way for me to still contribute to the question?