Well . . . .Trilo was right when he said there are ways to find out this information without asking.
Maybe you didn't know that you can look up on the internet the time that the sun will set in a certain location on a certain date . . . but you can (I have).
People can be a little terse with those who ask the easiest questions because 1) we're not customer service or the hired help, we're Burners fucking around and missing each other, & 2) we can envision camping next to a person who is ill-prepared or not ready to fend for themselves. Someone whose camp is not well tied-down is probably worst and most dangerous to other people, but there are other kinds of poor neighbors. We've met them. You won't want to.
Anyway--if you keep your eyes open, you will see new folks praised for asking hard, unusual, fun questions--or prefacing their requests by saying that they have looked Specific Place A and Specific Place B (especially when you can tell it's true) and just been unlucky. Many of us have been here for years, and can totally tell when someone has tried. Stick around, read the Survival Guide a second time and you'll start to spot the people who haven't tried so hard.
People who try, and the people with good attitudes are the virgins no one minds camping next to. And some virgins you can't easily identify at all--we call them Stealth Virgins, and they're amazing. But we've all run across folks who made our Burns harder because they weren't self-reliant. Not to excuse someone being outright mean on ePlaya, because that does happen (this is the internet, not the glorious playa) . . . but the pleasure towards respectful folks who try does not spring fully formed from some sort of void. Tip for all: google keyword + eplaya. Try googling another keyword + eplaya. Try "Search". No help? Maybe ask now.