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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.

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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)

closed as off-topic by bmike, Martijn Pieters, nicael, Shadow Wizard, Stijn Oct 2 '14 at 14:59

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This question pertains only to a specific site in the Stack Exchange Network. Questions on Meta Stack Exchange should pertain to our network or software that drives it as a whole, within the guidelines defined in the help center. You should ask this question on the meta site where your concern originated." – bmike, Martijn Pieters, nicael, Shadow Wizard, Stijn
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • To take a step further, maybe even change the link to something that is tailored to Stack Exchange? I'd imagine we do want some useful reading information there. – Dennis Meng Feb 12 '14 at 7:50
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    I must ask... is this a free hand circle? If so you got a very stable hand! – Shadow Wizard Feb 12 '14 at 8:22
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    @ShadowWizard Yes and No. Yes, I actually drew this ellipse. No in the sense that I saved it as a template freehand path in Photoshop so that I can reuse the exact same freehand circle in the future (cos it looks so good!). Not the first time however, I previously used it in several other screenshots in meta. – Samuel Liew Feb 12 '14 at 9:51
  • Oh, so it's a UFHRC! – Shadow Wizard Feb 12 '14 at 12:52
  • @ShadowWizard what's a UFHRC? – Samuel Liew Feb 12 '14 at 21:07
  • Well, "FHRC" is probably "free hand red circle", but I'm not clear on what "U" is. Maybe "used-to-be"? – Dennis Meng Feb 12 '14 at 23:45
  • What @Dennis said and the "U" stands for "Used", as you're re-using it. ;) – Shadow Wizard Feb 13 '14 at 7:51
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    Second-hand freehand circle? ;) – Mołot Feb 13 '14 at 8:06
  • @Mołot That'd be if he had saved someone else's FHRC as a template freehand path in Photoshop. :P – Dennis Meng Feb 13 '14 at 17:18