So, a .folder can be made in Windows but, not in Linux? Is that right? If that's the case, that's all I was trying to say. I don't use Linux. I've never tried to make a .folder in Linux and I never said that you could. Thanks for the clarifications.
According to the posts made thus far, it appears to be as follows:
a) Windows can make a dot-directory '.whatever' on a drive, but only if you use the file name of '.
b) Linux can make a dot-directory '.whatever' as normal;
c) A dot-directory can be created over FTP as normal, but will be hidden immediately if the client has hidden files hidden.
As I see it, the problem of "try telling that
to a user" still applies to a), and to some extent to c). If anything, the workaround on Windows is worse than the problem of not being able to create a dot-directory with '.whatever'.