I think there should be minimum amount of info which users are asked to provide for questions about hardware problems or performance: Processor, RAM, graphic card (and which driver is being used), are they using a SSD or HDD, kernel version.

This might not really be enforcable (and shouldn't be: If the problem can be resolved without asking for this info, why care...), but having a canonical answer on how to collect this info would be a good place to direct users to which fail to provide necessary information.

  • I was under the impression that most of those questions will be closed as "too specific / opinion based".
    – Lewis Goddard Mod
    Sep 5, 2015 at 20:11
  • This says otherwise.
    – quassy
    Sep 6, 2015 at 1:08
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    "AskUbuntu has a canonical question describing how to best conduct your own research outside of StackExchange." We need a reference question with a guide on how to identify your hardware and what to post for what issue.
    – Lewis Goddard Mod
    Sep 6, 2015 at 8:01
  • @LewisGoddard can you give a link to the AskUbuntu question? There seems to be a lot of hardware specific questions that are unanswered Sep 27, 2015 at 16:02
  • Lots of "will this thing work" get marked as a duplicate of askubuntu.com/questions/49412/support-for-hardware-components, and lots of "will my pc run it" are linked to askubuntu.com/questions/333795/…
    – Lewis Goddard Mod
    Sep 28, 2015 at 11:13

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There are currently a couple of "canonical" hardware related posts. Please comment with any others that we could use to de-duplicate:

Minimum Requirements: What are the minimum hardware requirements to run elementary OS?

Performance issues with Intel graphics: How do I install the latest Intel Linux Graphics?

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