As one who has asked many questions on the site, there is no such thing as dumb when looking for mentoring and guidance.
Occasionally, someone will be dismissive and then obviously, perhaps they should simply refrain from comments which are not constructive.
Yes there was a hysteria when the 36MP sensor arrived in a 35mm frame, much of it was blather and technique related with some genuine Nikon factory AF issues but averaged say versus other releases, nothing earth shaking.
I'm glad you are handling the results now and if it is placebo, so be it. In other words, learning curve, and practice.