I recently asked a question that made it to "Hot Network Questions" and picked up a huge number of views, upvotes and favorites in a very short time.
The moderators put it "On Hold", because the quality of the question indicated (accurately) that I am not a security professional (I am a humble programmer), and therefore my question was too vague and showed no prior research.
But as a lay person who has only a surface appreciation of security issues, what then is the correct forum for me to ask such a question? In this case, I truly do not understand the fine distinctions within the field of biometrics or identity theft, that I could ask a more focused question, or do any preliminary research. So I asked the general noob question, and I got a lot of answers that I found very helpful to my understanding. And then the question attracted so much attention that it got shut down.
So, given that I asked a dumb noob question and got a lot of value out of the answers, I'm very happy that I came to Security.SE. It just leaves something of a bad taste that in shutting down my question, the moderators are effectively telling me I'm not welcome here.
So I wish to clarify: is Security.SE only for the elite people in the Know? And if so, where else should people like me go to get their questions answered?