Doing research like you have been is probably the best thing you could be doing. I think as long as you show you've made an attempt to find the answers yourself, people will respect that and generally try to help if they can.
The answers are there; the problem is that there are so many to wade through. Everyone has their own experiences and opinions, so as you've probably figured out there are no cut-and-dry answers for most of the questions raised about working in Taiwan. Generally you need to get as much input as possible, and then try to make informed decisions, as well as you are able.
Finding all three—a decent workplace environment, reasonable pay, and enough hours—is the holy grail. As a new teacher here, you may have to be willing to settle for only 2 out of the 3, at least until you get more teaching experience and come to know Taiwan and the buxiban style.
If you have your heart set on Taiwan (which I feel is an important factor), my advice—based on my own experience here since 2008—is to come to Taiwan to get a feel for it. That doesn't mean stepping off the plane without a clue. Before your arrival, email your resume to the schools that seem like possibilities, informing them when you'll actually be in Taiwan. Then, after you arrive, follow up with those places in person, while scoping out the nearby schools in the area.
Bring enough cash to support yourself for at least 2~3 months. Be willing to work outside of Taipei if need be. Find a school that will sponsor your ARC (meaning don't just grab any illegal job).
Again, these are my personal opinions, based on what happened in my case five years ago, so add them into whatever other information you've read. If you have any specific questions you want to ask me personally, feel free to PM me. I don't mind.