I use many of the SE sites, all the time. I know the drill. Good question, follow the guidelines, be specific, etc. I know. I googled, I read the similar questions here on LSE to see whether any of them could be applied to my question. I failed to mention that I had done that preliminary research. I got an auto-message saying that I need to explain how my question is not a duplicate. I fixed that.
Since then, downvotes. Followed by a comment that says, "this is a ridiculous question" -- which I found rather unkind, by the way -- upvoted six times. I didn't find any indication in the guidelines that "ridiculous" is against the rules.
So, I'm being punished, not for breaking the rules, but for annoying the group. I feel bullied and humiliated. I'm not blaming anyone. It's just what came up for me when I saw what was happening.
I don't really have a question. I'm just lamely taking advantage of the fact that here, the downvotes I get for lodging a (non-trollish, non-abusive) complaint won't result in my banishment. Sorry, nothing personal.
Peace and luck to all of you