I have started to learn using ArcGIS and ArcPy only recently and I am still very much in the process of learning.
Looking at this site, I realized that most, if not all, questions asked here are directed at very specific, technical topics. On the one hand, this is great because whenever I ran into a coding error in ArcPy that I could not fix myself I could simply post my code and get help on this site very soon. On the other hand, I realized that these solutions helped me a lot to get where I wanted (data processing-wise) but have been less fruitful in improving my understanding of, say, how a certain tool works in ArcPy. The reason is that most answers provided a technical solution to my problem. (I am not complaining here. I asked for a technical solution, got one and was happy to have my problem solved.) Nevertheless, I realized that I might profit a lot from asking general questions targeted at improving my understanding of how one does certain things in ArcGIS.
Such simple questions are fairly common on other SE sites. One example that comes to my mind is this one on Stack Overflow. They allow less experienced users to use SE as a learning resource and can be, as demonstrated by the linked question, quite popular. On the other hand, these are often questions that one could also solve by using a search engine. However, the way as I understand SE is that it collects good questions (that can also be simple) and their answers so that everyone can benefit from the question thereafter (rather than having to google it again). This certainly applies for the example question in the linked thread.
Now because I saw few of such questions on this site, I would like to know if they are discouraged here? If not, how could I frame such a question without it having being closed?