Even in a user's profile that information is voluntary. So people have to be asked in one way or another.
I've been meaning to bring the subject up with Grinler myself. It does make it a lot easier when dealing with hardware and various software issues to know as much as possible about the user's system. What I've noticed in other forums, especially those with a strong hardware support forum, is that user's will include their specs in their signatures so they don't have to be asked. Many times this is encouraged or even required by a pinned topic (like "How to use This Forum), or a information box similar to our "PLEASE READ:..." in our HJT Logs forum or even in the forum rules themselves. Sometimes it's just a pinned topic that says, "If you want timely help please include your system specs--don't make us ask."
I would be in favor of something like an information box in the Hardware and other troubleshooting forums (with the exception of HJT--those logs include some rudimentary specs) strongly suggesting users include their specs. I don't think we should be too hardcore about it. Especially since some newbies don't know what system specs are.
Thanks for bringing it up.
I'm interested in knowing what others think.