members spec's

By tomrca ยท 11 replies
Mar 15, 2007
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  1. what do you think of making spec's compulsary? it may deter multiple user names for an individual user. it would also help the special forces in solving problems in OS and HARDWARE problems.
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  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Although it`s nice when members fill out their system specs in their user profiles, I don`t think it should be made compulsory.

    A lot of members only come here to have certain problems fixed, then don`t really come here again, until the next problem arises that they need help with.

    I actually think, making system specs compulsory, might even deter some members from joining Techspot at all. A lengthy registration process is a big turn off to a lot of people.

    All we can do is encourage members to fill in their specs.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,000

    this one did cross my mind too, but nevertheless, if its not brought up it can't be discussed, right?:grinthumb
  4. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Ya, some people don't even know what brand mouse they have :haha:, let alone the specs of their computer....I mean I have seen some pretty strange threads about problems obviously encountered by someone who doesn't have the "computer enthusiast" intelligence level (for computers anyway).
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I think it should be 'encouraged' but not mandatory. There is the other end of the spectrum on Howard's point - I have 5 computers that I use in my apt, and if I have a question for TS, there is about an equal chance it could be from any of those 5.

    /Unfortunately when I ask questions, they don't seem to get answered.
  6. if people not knowing there specs would be a problem there is that thing that just checks your comp then tells you, like when you sign up to xfire and when your on gamespot that system requirments lab thing. then people cant get it wrong
  7. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Booster Posts: 575

    That's because you are so dang smart, if something stumps you it stumps most of the rest of us as well!:)
  8. Stacey

    Stacey TS Rookie Posts: 146

    Good Morning, as you can see I am still in training. I think asking what my computer specs are is great. I am just beginning to learn more from being here and reading the different forums and me taking the time to find something out about my system was the least I could do. I still find it amazing how much help I have received from everyone here and how nice you all are when my questions are because of the person using the keyboard (me). I just want to thank everyone for being here. :)
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Thanks for your positive feedback Stacey, it is appreciated.

    That`s because, you always have problems that no one else has ever heard of, not even Google lol.

    Regards Howard :)
  10. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    It shouldn't be a requirement. Yet people should be expected to do it, and it we should encourage it. It just makes things easy.
  11. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    while at first thought it would be nice if people were required to fill out their system specs, at second thought there would be no way of requiring members to give detailed specs. if the specs are generic, then they are [in most cases] useless.

    for example, if somebody fills out their specs as:
    • 2.6GHz CPU
    • Asus motherboard
    • 1.5GB RAM
    • 80GB hard drive
    • cd-rom drive
    • 500 watt PSU
    does that tell you anything useful about their system? no..., but it would satisfy the hypothetical "compulsory" system spec policy.

    it is a problem, but i don't see any practical solution any better than simply asking them to fill in their detailed specs.

  12. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Posts: 822

    I'll second that Cody. If decide to fill out the specs make it very specific.

    Heres and example.

    My Planned Gaming RIG of 2007:
    Biostar tForce 550 AMD AM2 ATX Motherboard
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz OC to 4200+
    Corsair XMS2 2GB (2 x1GB) DDR2-800 Dual Channel RAM
    Seagate Barracuda 320GB SATA-2 16MB Buffer HDD
    Emprex (Sony) DVD-RW 18X Standard Drive
    Lite-on DVD-RW 16X Standard Drive
    eVGA e-GeForce 7900 GS 256MB PCIe X16
    Hiro 56K PCI Dial-up Modem
    OCZ Game-X-Stream 700W Power Supply
    Antec Life Style Sonata-II (2.0) Case
    Apevia 120mm Blue LED case fans x2
    ASUS AMD AM2 Cooling Device
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2

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