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I propose that any questions tagged with wireless are REQUIRED to contain the output of:

lsusb | grep Wireless        #For USB adapters
lspci -knn | grep Net -A2    #For built-in adapters

As in, unless the system finds lines like, "Output of" in the question, you aren't allowed to post it.

Any takers?

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    And what about if your question is not about that? What about software recommendations to do with wireless? – user364819 Jun 19 '16 at 17:32
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    How will you enforce this? – muru Jun 19 '16 at 17:32
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    Question: "How can I connect to a wireless network from the command line?" That doesn't need any hardware information at all. There are various cases where a valid question can be asked without this info. I get where you're coming from, I just don't think it is something we could enforce automatically. – terdon Jun 19 '16 at 17:37
  • @muru How about having a popup box asking what you question is about? – Android Dev Jun 19 '16 at 17:45
  • @ParanoidPanda ^^^ – Android Dev Jun 19 '16 at 17:46
  • @terdon maybe not completely automatically, but see ^^^ – Android Dev Jun 19 '16 at 17:46
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    @AndroidDev that's already there, I think. Tag warnings are enabled on our site, last I heard, and wireless is one of the tags for which warnings appear – muru Jun 19 '16 at 17:47
  • meta.askubuntu.com/q/14270/158442 – muru Jun 19 '16 at 17:47
  • @muru - But it isn't working. We need "in your face" popups. – Android Dev Jun 19 '16 at 17:48
  • @AndroidDev that's probably feedback the devs should get – muru Jun 19 '16 at 17:53
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    That's as in your face as it gets. Since you can't be 100% sure that a question needs the suggested information, you can't be more aggressive than a huge popup appearing. – terdon Jun 19 '16 at 17:56
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Disallowing questions without stating "output of " [command list] is a bad idea because we will have a lot of questions which are for wireless things but do not need the output as identified in comments (for example, "How do I see detailed statistics in a graphical interface for all wireless networks near by me?" would not need that output but would still be tagged )

Best I would suggest is a nice big popup with a notice and a "Make sure you include information about your wireless adapter if the question pertains to malfunctioning or not working equipment", but not disallowing the entirety of the posting.

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