At the danger of starting a posting war I find replies like yours annoying. You guys really should try cutting people some slack no-one is forcing you to spend your time answering the question.
The term I used was “head start” not “please do all the work for me”. I have spent many hours looking for information but have not been able to find what I wanted so before doing many more hours work, it is often better to ask those with more experience etc for some guidance/help. That is what these forums are generally meant to offer.
When someone comes to this forum looking for technical help do you tell them to go away and find out the answer for themselves or do you help them. I bet you help them even if they are being paid by a client or by an employer who might expect them to know the answer as they are paying them (maybe you only offer advice to those setting up home systems).
I’m sure at times you have been stuck with a problem which you have been getting paid for sorting out and therefore you should have known the answer because you have convinced someone to pay you to do it, but you still asked for help.
Looking back at many of your answers to technical queries on this forum you have provided many solutions for people who are evidently being paid either by a client or an employer to do a job but you didn’t give them the same response, you were polite and helpful, so why the difference for a not so technical question.
By the way the work is for a client/friend and in the early stages payment is little (may even be paid in meal/beer) , also I often look at things for him about which I have no real knowledge but I am a generalist who finds things out and puts them into the context of his business for him, hence the starting with little knowledge.
But hey guys, thanks, hope you require help one day and others can return the favour.