The problem you address isn't related to the experience of the person who asks the question, nor to questions being "too basic". As the matter of fact, we somewhat established basic questions are welcomed on this site. Plenty of basic questions have been asked and answered successfully (including my own). 1 Sometimes they need a little push in the right direction, fill up some gaps. 2
To quote Ben's answer:
As long as a good, well supported answer can be provided I don't think
there is much of a risk in "general reference" questions that are
explicitly on topic. Cognitive Science is a difficult issue to grasp,
we should be an open and helpful community to provide answers for
However, if I take anything out of those 'easy' questions that got answered, it is they were humble, very small in scope, and were just asking for a push in the right direction.
I believe the problem lies mainly in how a question is phrased.
From How to Ask:
Do your homework
Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us
what you found and why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates
that you’ve taken the time to try to help yourself, it saves us from
reiterating obvious answers, and most of all it helps you get a more
specific and relevant answer!
If you ask a vague question, you’ll get a vague answer. But if you
give us details and context, we can provide a useful answer.
Even a basic question can be phrased in such a way to indicate you thought the question through, and indicate you did some initial research. I'll use mine as an example, as it seemed to attract quite a few up votes.
Why do you sometimes write down one word while actually intending to write another?
Explain the context, why is it relevant?
I've caught myself writing (typing) "possible" instead of "possibly" a
few times over the past few days, while I do intend to write
"possibly". Only upon rereading the sentence I notice my mistake.
Eliminate possibilities, what did you already think about?
It is not a typo. I am able to touch-type on a qwerty layout on which
'e' and 'y' are both written using a different hand, and different
fingers. The keys are two keys apart from each other.
Indicate what you found/couldn't find, why it didn't answer your question. Ideally quote the relevant parts, so people don't have to read through the entire reference, and so they know what you are basing your conclusions on.
A simple google search for "psychology writing wrong words" didn't
show up any immediate relevant results. I did read about a Freudian
Slip, but it seems highly unlikely I would make such a mistake due to
an "unconscious ('dynamically repressed'), subdued, wish, conflict, or
train of thought".
State a clear question. What is it that you want to know? Can it be answered without having to write an entire book, incorporating all possibilities? Attempt to make it more specific than the question title, which generally just sketches the subject. Don't phrase a question which is built around assumptions. If you make an assumption, that's worthy of it's own question.
Is there any psychological phenomenon explaining why I would make such
1 Basic questions:
2 Basic questions which needed some editing: