Zumaria wrote:Is there really such a currency as "snark points".
No. That person was just being a dick (and I'm the person that wrote the overview on Snark for the ePlaya that was linked above). A person who tosses out insults or snark just to earn imaginary "points" has their own pathetic issues to deal with.
Snark is a type of sarcasm, but a bit more biting, and on the ePlaya at least it tends to be used on the clueless. If you've done your research & your asking valid questions (eg: ones that haven't been asked a million times, or aren't easily findable on a google search), generally you're going to get honest, non-snarky answers, at least here. If you ask the most basic questions, without showing that you've done any prep or research, people will unload the snark cannons on your head. People can die on the playa (and have), not having the self-sufficiency to do their own research kind of sets them up for that.
From your first paragraph it sounds like you've been doing the necessary legwork, and you'll probably fit in fine. Just phrasing a question: "I've been hunting all over for an answer to this, but can't find one. Does anybody know ___________" lets people know you've looked. Just make sure you actually have!