An alternative might be to put new users into a group that can only post in a "new users" forum. In this forum, the user is required to make a post with the output ofMoem wrote:I don't think that would work, because people would not keep it up to date and/or have more than one computer, and so the results would often be misleading.
inxi -Fxzto prove that he is capable of following the kind of instructions that forum members are likely to provide as part of the troubleshooting process. The most effective way to keep people who don't meet this criterion off the main forum would be to have posts in this forum require moderator approval, so that moderators could approve only those posts that either a) provide the inxi output or b) contain a legitimate question from the user as to how to do so. Once the user's post is approved, his post count increments to 1, and he is able to access the rest of the forum, while users with unapproved posts remain unable to access the other forums.
This would be a significant amount of work for the moderators, however, so unless a special group of trustworthy forum-specific moderators is created to monitor this forum, allowing users to post there without moderator approval would at least forcibly expose them to a common troubleshooting step, and hopefully most people would benefit from that exposure and therefore make more relevant posts on the rest of the forum. As an alternative to posting the inxi output, the user could be asked to answer a series of questions that the staff deems important for everybody to be able to answer, instead.