(If it has already been asked forgive me, I actually did search for it before asking.)
I'm new to SO and even newer to meta; maybe I shouldn't ask, as the question is a silly one, but I actually care to know: should we avoid to ask a question just because maybe others will found that the question is stupid and will then downvote us?
Of course, people who care very much for their reputation may end up having a better rep than people who care less, but will they have learned (and taught) more than others?
This isn't a pointless question: I have some questions I'd like to ask, but not sure if I should or not.
My point is not that I don't want to receive negative votes, my point is: Am I offending the community by asking questions that may receive negative votes? I'm not, of course, talking of questions like, "How do I sum two numbers?" or, "Do my job and send me teh codez - and remember to sign it with my name", that is: I'm not talking of the form of the question, but of its content.
edit: I want to make it clear that by "silly questions" I don't mean "How many programmers does it take to change a bulb?", but rather questions that are programming related, but maybe not professional programming related, or not very urgent.
Here is an example I just posted that seems a legitimate (though maybe not crucial) question to me and which I was unsure of whether to ask or not.