I usually create a MVCE with 2 strategies:
- The first one is to write/create a new program from scratch.
- The second one is to create a full backup of the current program, and start deleting everything until I get the minimal program which still triggers the issue, i.e., I delete a few lines and test whether the issue still happening. I keep with this strategy until I cannot remove anymore things from the program without being able to reproduce the issue.
I usually use the second strategy when I cannot successfully create a minimal program using the first strategy. And usually when using the first strategy, I figure out how to fix the issue without asking for help, because with a minimal example, it becomes clear what the problem is and how to fix it.