I received a "Not A Real Question" closure on my post here:
What Are the Underlying Protocols/Standards a "Windows File Path" as Opposed to a NFS-Like Linux File Path?
I understand why it was closed, and I'm assuming that reason was that it was too broad. On the other hand, I think it is a very important question, as so far noone "out in the world" (i.e. in my circle of tech-people I am real-world aquaintances with) has been able to give me anything resembling an accurate answer. It is also a bit of a paradox - if I knew what question I was asking in this case, I wouldn't have been asking it. I even tried to specify the existence of such a paradox in my question.
This is probably a very poorly worded question, but the taxonomy of this question is what I'm looking for (so unfortunately at this point I can't help it).
I also followed this up with a clarification which I thought was adequate in a follow up comment:
@Iain "What is your question by the way ?" - I understand what you're getting at, but if I understood that I wouldn't be asking the question. Driftpeasant - sort of. In terms of both of your questions, I guess that I would argue that we don't walk around calling the file system representation for Centos "Centos File Paths", or "Ubuntu File Paths" or even "Linux File Paths", but I do hear Windows users refer to the file system representation (with drive letters) as "Windows file paths". So I guess I'm asking "What the heck is a Windows File path".
If you see the latter part of this follow up, there is - by my own admission - a slightly convoluted but significant question (worthy of the minds on StackOverflow). I would also argue that while my articulation on this wasn't terrific, the examples provided should have given an accurate idea of what I was talking about. I also got one really insightful answer out of it, which I marked as the correct answer and added a comment requesting further comment.
As I said, I think I understand why this was closed, but I also feel in this case it is appropriate that I should be able to appeal the closure. Is it possible to do this?