I've been having a bit of trouble with stockpiles being ignored, so I checked to see if they were actually there in the first place. I had read that stockpiles counted as rooms, so I went to view rooms/buildings. The only thing there was the wagon. Am I doing that wrong? If not, does anyone know why they won't create and how to fix it?
Stockpiles are not counted as rooms, they're more like "areas". They're created from a different menu, they don't require a piece of furniture to be started, and you can freely design them square by square instead of spreading in all directions like rooms.
To query an already created stockpile, use the q key