I'm fairly new here, and I'm looking to learn the ropes, so by all means please let me know if I'm missing something or doing something wrong.
I posted my third puzzle yesterday, and there's been a significant negative response. Within hours of posting it, I had already received multiple downvotes, with only one comment from Emrakul (by the way, thank you for suggestion).
I realize that, at first glance, it may seem that what I posted is a shoddy, quickly-thrown-together, for lack of a better word, "low quality" post, but it's actually something I've put quite a bit of effort into, as I have with my other puzzles, both of which were both very popular and which I really enjoyed making and watching develop.
I know I'm in a bit of a predicament because of how seemingly substandard what I posted is, but I'm feeling like all the negative attention it's received (which resulted in it being delisted from the "active" page) is somewhat unwarranted. I also appreciate the additional complication that I can't really adequately defend my post (at least until someone answers or deletes it, or until I delete it) because I don't want to spoil it.
I don't mean to complain, nor draw undue attention to my quandary, but I'm wondering if there's any steps I can take to ameliorate the situation. I've tried adding lateral-thinking and adding updates and hints, but to no effect, it seems.
Is there anything else I can do, short of spoiling the puzzle?
Again, I know this is a strange situation, not least of which because my riddle relies only the title and the characters at the top of page (which was all I was going to post, until I was stymied by the character and good-post requirements—which I understand).
Please, let me what I should do in such a situation—I may be new here, but I'm looking forward to being a part of this community.