I spent a frustrating hour trying to phrase a question that would meet the guidelines and not trigger any "title police", but was told "help" is not an acceptable word to include in the title. I may eventually work out the full list of words that cannot be entered in the title field, but why bother?
My initial experiences with Stack Overflow were positive. I asked questions and they were answered.
Then I asked this question:
Where is a good forum for help on understanding Python?
(The question body explained that I'm interested in the WHY as opposed to WHAT, and cited example assignment statements involving lists, which IMHO do not behave like classical assignments but more like pseudo identities).
I was simply asking for links to other forums. After a few snarky and patronizing comments and answers my question was quickly closed. I still did not get an answer.
From this I get the impression that this forum is only interested in helping insiders. Fair enough. Except the site makes a big deal about how anyone can ask, and anyone can answer questions.
Anyone can ask, as long as you speak the right language.
Other forums are supportive of new users. This site is strikingly different.
Why does Stack Overflow claim anyone can ask questions?
And given they don't encourage newbies with broad questions, why do they come so high in Google searches?