After reading several questions such as this one, I wonder if we could add a popup message when a user is using the [technical-issues] tag. Something like this:

If your game is crashing, make sure you have provided

  • Your hardware specification
  • The version of the drivers
  • The version of the game
  • Any Windows Log

Those points would provide basic information regarding the issue, and most of the time these are the first questions that are asked in comments. I thought it could save some time for both the asker and the and the commenter if the information was provided directly in the question. Any thoughts?

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    There really isn't much point in having this kind of question anyway, random crashes are almost impossible for us to solve. The answer is almost always the same: Update all drivers, disable mods, don't overclock, check for overheating and so on. Even with the information you want to ask for we still can only offer wild guesses or general troubleshooting advice. Apr 22, 2014 at 7:48
  • Popups are something that would have to be added by the SE developers, and I doubt it's worth their time for a relatively small tag (in the scope of SE as a whole). For [technical-issues], only 274 out of 633 (43%) which is low, but not much lower compared to other tags of a similar size ([borderlands-2]: 62%, [ps3]: 56%)
    – fredley
    Apr 22, 2014 at 8:26
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    @fredley I understand, so maybe something in the FAQ/Help that answerer can refer to. Since those question are allowed, I feel like they should be written properly if not they'll end up closed for being too broad.
    – WizLiz
    Apr 22, 2014 at 8:31
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    One thing you can do is formulate a comment that has some helpful information (emphasis on helpful, nice, etc, so it doesn't come off as standoffish or rude) and leave it where you see questions that could use help. I've done this in the past and gotten good results.
    – agent86
    Apr 22, 2014 at 12:28


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