I am new to this site and it is not the easiest to figure out.
Someone was trying to help me on a question I asked (my very first post) and finally helped me by pointing me to a different thread of his which held the answer.
Being new to the site, it wasn't really easy to see the difference between "answer" and "comment" and so when I saw a box I could comment, I asked 3 questions in one reply.
Toscho the moderator came along and deleted my post and then said:
Sorry, but this is not an answer. Please ask new, separate questions. – toscho♦ 16 hours ago
So, I did what I thought he asked, by posting a single question instead of 3 in one reply and then I saw today that he again deleted my post and (most likely) downvoted me as well. Someone did and I doubt it was the OP who was trying to help me.
I was going to ask him why he would tell me to ask a question and then delete it and downvote me, but I saw a warning that says I am dangerously close to getting banned.
So, I clicked around and finally saw the difference between commenting and answering. I couldn't have commented if I wanted to since for some reason I need 50 freaking points to comment on his OP! How am I ever supposed to get that many points?
Anyway, now that I know the difference, is there a way I can remove myself from the "dangerously close to getting banned" list? I can't believe I got such a warning after making 2 posts. That seems absurd.
PS - is there a way to contact people (like moderators or the guy who was trying to help me) directly through a private message? I have no idea how conversational I can be in comments. I read the rules and was trying to not be conversational and then I noticed everyone else seemed pretty conversational. So, I'd rather PM people sometimes if possible.