To maybe soften eflyguy’s phrasing here… (if I may – I don’t speak for him of course) you’re both right here. (As is @wesleyjames!)
It is, and advice and resources are willingly shared. The only tricky bit is that asking for other people’s work is discouraged. Asking if someone sells their designs is a bit of a grey area, I’d say you’re generally not out of line to ask for that, but it’s a good idea to phrase it as such up front to avoid misunderstanding. The whole idea here is to make this place safe for everyone, and putting people on the spot by asking for designs can be uncomfortable for some… as can be some of our more bare bones explanations. I’m sure eflyguy didn’t mean to make you feel uncomfortable or scold you here.
Anyway, this is a really common topic that comes up pretty regularly. People sometimes can deliver the news very directly. It’s not meant to be hostile in any way, it’s just that those of us who have seen it a lot and reply bare bones might seem overly abrupt to someone who’s just seeing it for the first time.
The irony is that I’ve now spent a lot of time on this message, which in itself has also been done many times to help smooth out some of the messaging. I’ve been all three roles in this story; when I was new I was mystified about some of the ways we do things, then I was the efficient concise advisor who came off as blunt, and now I’m the one explaining all of this. The cycle continues
Phew. Now back to the regularly scheduled designing and lasering stuff for me!