I’d really encourage you to ask things in public. There are two main reasons for this:
- Firstly working in public helps you; multiple people can contribute ideas, perhaps suggesting different things you might want to consider or resources you could use,
- Working in public helps us; previous discussion becomes a knowledge base that can be tapped by others in the future. Having that knowledge base it great for the community and allows us to invest more in public answers.
Regarding the potential for embarrassment. This forum exists mostly to help people get more out of 96Boards and we have a mixture of experience. It is very unlikely the problems you have are unique and I’d be really sad if anyone on this forum subjects another member to ridicule. However, more than simply being sad, I would also intervene to prevent it.