Can anyone please kindly tell me what's wrong is my question?


Why it's not a real question?

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    See the FAQ: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Please provide more background information about how you ran across this very interesting oddity in Windows name resolution, and how it applies to a problem you're having. Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 1:15
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    @ShaneMadden It's just a cmd typo for me, and I don't want to solve anything, just want to know why it works on Windows.
    – est
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 1:18
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    That's really more of a trivia question than anything - unless it applies to a problem you're having, then it's not really appropriate for Server Fault. In any case, then answer seems to be "because Microsoft wrote it that way". See here: msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/… Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 1:27
  • @ShaneMadden Thanks a lot, you are my hero. That's the exact MSDN page I want to find myself but failed.
    – est
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 1:30

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At least five high-reputation community members have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.

For me, I've never heard of ..localmachine and I can't tell whether it's something you typed in or an example meant to stand for something else. You also didn't provide an example of the commands you ran and the output you are seeing.

I would suggest explaining exactly what you are doing, what led you to this ..localmachine thing, what it is, and some command output.

For more on how you can improve questions, see How can I ask better questions on Server Fault?

  • dear sir, trying "ping ..localmachine" only takes two seconds, I am on a non-English Windows machine so I the output I provide is something like this gist.github.com/4679003 do you find it helpful?
    – est
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 1:14
  • can you please kindly show me how to properly ask this question instead?
    – est
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 1:24
  • @est We can't tell you how to ask your question, because (as stated above) we've never heard of what you're talking about. The best advice I can give you is to read this topic and try re-asking your question with adequate detail.
    – voretaq7
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 16:09
  • @voretaq7 Is it fair to close a question just because mods never heard of it? Can't you guys kindly suggest an edit? I re-asked the question here with adequate detail, but Mr Michael Hampton is asking me to stop, and Mr ThiefMaster decided to close it even the answer is already there. So what am I doing wrong in my second attempt?
    – est
    Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 0:39
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    @est I did suggest an edit, but you decided not to take my advice. Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 1:03
  • @MichaelHampton Sorry that was my fault. It was too late as I am not at your timezone, by the time I tried to improve the first question it was already closed. So I went ask the second question on Stackoverflow instead.
    – est
    Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 1:07
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    @est What does that have to do with anything? You can improve your question at any time. Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 1:09
  • @MichaelHampton Hmm, you have never experienced that frustration when your topic is closed (Which means NO ANSWERS allowed), and kind people can only answer your question correctly on a meta site. It's like you were put into prison for seeking knowledge but instead acquired that knowledge in a courtroom.
    – est
    Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 1:14
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    @est Your question was closed. That means you can edit it so that it can be reopened. Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 1:16
  • @MichaelHampton I edited the question at my best effort. still not sure how to meet the question standards. Anyway it's obscure open question as on Windows it can happen at any level, (hardcode in commands? API? or winsock?). SO/SF hate these as it's more like open research rather than solving practical problems. it's a personal curiosity inquiry, not a real coding/server problem worthy to solve. For such a stupid question, most ppl tend to take granted to close it as they never heard of it nor want to peek into it. /rant
    – est
    Commented Feb 1, 2013 at 1:31

I can think of a few things... first -- you didn't actually ask a question.

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    Hi @tylerl I asked the complete question in the headline, sorry about the poor content, I updated it. Can you please suggest me edit content not closing the question next time?
    – est
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 1:20
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    The second time you asked the question, you did a much better job. Questions that just say "why does(n't) this work" expect the answerer to do all the work and figure out the context of what you're talking about, the expected behavior, any unusual circumstances, etc. The more clear you are, the more likely people will be able to answer you.
    – tylerl
    Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 1:28

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