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Pretty simple: Add "newbie", "noob" and its variations to the title blacklist / filter, since they have no meaning or relevance to a question.


Based on Should we edit noob out of titles?, it's already recommended to remove these from titles. So why not let the question filter take care of this for us?

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I don't necessarily disagree, but users are already writing porblem and pr0blem because of a similar filter. Now we'll have n0ob and n00bie too. – Dennis Jul 30 '12 at 18:29
@Dennis I see what you mean. However, if circumvention is the ultimate problem, then the title filter itself is fundamentally flawed, which is outside of the scope of this feature request. However, since such a filter already exists, adding these to its blacklist should (hopefully) reduce the number of posts with this irrelevant garbage in it. – nickb Jul 30 '12 at 18:36
Arg, why do people talk like this. What a bunch of nubs. – Ben Brocka Jul 30 '12 at 18:41
The title filter's fundamental flaw is its existence. It's impossible to prevent all circumvention, and it limits some legitimate uses of the word. – Dennis Jul 30 '12 at 18:44
I understand - But are there any legitimate uses of noob / its variations? I don't think so, but that's just my opinion. – nickb Jul 30 '12 at 18:47
For Stack Overflow, not that I know of. But somebody could write a JavaScript library called NewbieScript tommorow, for example. On Super User, there's the NoobProof firewall configuration tool. – Dennis Jul 30 '12 at 18:52
True, but the current filter is restricted to standalone words - "Question" does not pass, but "Questionable" does. So, in the cases where a legitimate name includes "newbie" or "noob", the filter wouldn't trigger. – nickb Jul 30 '12 at 20:08
What about all the newbies in the world googling "newbie <something> guide" etc.? – Dean Rather Jul 30 '12 at 23:58
@Dean - For every one of those, there has gotta be 100 people Googling "How to do <something>". – nickb Jul 31 '12 at 0:05

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