In the How to Ask section of SO, under the heading Related on the right sidebar, there is a link to a not-so-relevant Microsoft KB article.
Link in question: How to ask a question
This article does not help users ask a good question on StackOverflow, due to its target audience of general hardware/Microsoft-related software problems, and how to ask questions on forums. (May I kindly remind everyone again that StackOverflow is NOT a forum). Off-topic and/or unnecessary stuff like adding a "thank you" line is encouraged?
Excerpt from article that does not follow SO's "good-question" policy:
Include a basic description of your system, as relevant to the problem. For example, include the following:
- The operating system version
- The CPU or processor
- The video card (also known as a graphics device, video adapter, or GPU)
- The amount of system memory (RAM)
- The hard disk size and model
- The version of software or model of hardware that you’re using and that may be related to the problem
- The version of virus scanner or malware scanner that you’re using
It may be difficult to determine some of these specifications. The following are examples of free programs that you can use to find this information:
- Speccy - System Information from Piriform
- Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit
Include the following information:
- Any software or hardware that you recently installed or removed
- Any recent changes that were made to the system
- The amount of time that that you have experienced the problem
- The things that you have already tried to troubleshoot the problem, and the results.
StackOverflow is not a forum!!!
Add a thank-you line. This may seem obvious, but it’s easy to overlook, and it’s important to be courteous and polite in the forums.
Furthermore, the section "Additional troubleshooting methods", do not apply to StackOverflow.
I suggest that this misleading article link be removed, so as to especially avoid confusing new users. (and letting them think they can post their hardware questions here)