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By The 'G-Man.' ·
Question: When people post any computer related question on this site it normally finished with some random specs such as

2.3Ghz Intel wit 4Gb RAM

Even if such information is of no use or relation to the question. They just feel they 'have to'.

Now, do you think people do the same on medical sites after typing in an ailment?

Such as:

6.1, Overweight, Smoker

5.9, Fit, Athlete


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No, they don't.

by seanferd In reply to Specifications & Sites

Even when it is relevant and true.

It is so true, though. Questions which reveolve entirely around an OS? No mention of the OS. Questions about physical hardware failure? Full OS info, and maybe a HJT log.

Even better: We need to to do x, y, and z.
"Well, I did y and it didn't help."

(facepalm city)

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Depending on the problem, these can be useful.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Specifications & Sites

Especially the RAM spec. Look at jardinier's current post about Firefox crashing. I'm surprised anything runs with 384 meg.

I wish more people would include their OS. They assume the world is Window-monolithic (not an unsafe assumption), but what version?

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I would rather have too much, rather than not enough

by seanferd In reply to Depending on the problem, ...


But I think the sticking point is that the folks who like to provide specs tend to give you everything but what you actually need to know.

And won't tell you about any changes that occurred right before the onset of the problem, even denying that anything changed, until everyone is ready to give up.

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