Hello Mike, and welcome to TeX-SE!
First off, I'd like to apologize for your (seemingly) negative first experience with the site -- I can assure you we're a civilized bunch, and (I hope!) are considerate with new users which are not sure how Stack Exchange sites function.
To your question:
I would suggest that you edit your question (you should still be able to do that, even when it's closed), and include a link to the question that was marked as a duplicate to yours, and request specifically a clarification how the suggested answer works, or mention whether for some reason the solution doesn't work for you, and why. In this way people would know that you've done your due diligence and tried to work out a solution on their own and failed to do so -- hence the question.
On the question what to do next -- I can certainly understand your frustration. Here on TeX-SE there are questions of any level, from cookie-cutter beginner questions (and I don't say that derisively) to arcane TeX voodoo incantations. However, I personally learned a lot from reading questions and answers, and trying to learn something new all the time. At some point, you will be more confident and try to answer a question on your own, or contribute a useful remark. Ask some other questions you might have (do a quick search in case they have been already answered). Take it easy, and definitely don't get desperate that you can't understand what some questions are really about!
Finally, you can always drop in the chat (you do need a tiny bit of reputation, but not that much) for a quick short question if something is unclear.
At any rate, we're always happy to help people that would like to learn more about TeX and friends. Enjoy your stay!