A recent question asks, "How do I find the cause for a huge difference in performance between two identical servers?"

This appears to be getting shot down as "Not a Real Question" and I'm somewhat confused as to why:

  • The question describes a real problem that the asker is experiencing.
  • A good, canonical answer to this question surely could be valuable to future visitors.
  • The question asks for general strategies -- what to look for and how -- and is not requesting product recommendations.

Why would this not be a real and appropriate question?

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    Looks kinda sorta polling to me. And will perhaps end up being too localized as well. – Magellan Dec 7 '12 at 18:50
  • The OP posting a bounty on that question has merely postponed the inevitable. – John Gardeniers Dec 7 '12 at 22:17

I won't put the final nail in it's coffin, but this seems like Not A Real Question or Not Constructive to me:

It is not an inherently BAD question, but as it stands it's effectively asking "Please troubleshoot this problem for me using your crystal ball" -- As it stands right now this question seems likely to devolve into an extended back-and-forth troubleshooting session, which may or may not ever lead to an answer, but will be so convoluted and confusing as to be virtually useless to someone trying to solve a similar problem in the future unless they're willing to wade through the entire chain of comments and discussion to get to the useful nugget at the end.

(Also on a personal note the asker is committing what I consider to be a mortal sin: The endless telescoping Edit #: at the end of a question. We're NOT LiveJournal - Edits should be structured into the question so everything has context and makes sense to someone reading it for the first time.)

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