Since it's forbidden to use the word "problem" in titles, and there's not even a way for experienced users to add it (or mods) we all know users just get around that filter by typing various permutations of the word "problem".
The filter has scientifically™ been proven effective. The bottom line there was:
"Hacking around" the filter is in fact very very rare.
I beg to disagree. I tried searching Stack Overflow for the following variations of the title:
problme probelm probeml probmle probmel prolbem prolbme prolebm prolemb prolmbe prolmeb proeblm proebml proelbm proelmb proembl proemlb
These are just a couple of permutations from 5040 possible ones. I also tried searching for variations with left out letters, like
prblm. Here's just a graph of a subset from maybe 20 searches—but in reality, there might be more ways to get around the filter:
Was this ever intended? I know it saves a lot of bad titles from being created, but on the other hand it enforces even worse titles as well. 3% based on the above stats aren't much, but they're 3% crap the filter actively provokes.
Now, my questions up for discussion are:
What are we going to do about this large number of porblematic posts?
It seems almost impossible to fix all those. We now have a really good review system that allows people to dig through low quality posts the entire day, so that'd be a way to address this of course.
Are there any plans of getting rid of the filter again?
This, at least, would give you a good indicator of poor quality. If a post title contains the word "problem" you instantly know something's off. Why not have it reviewed? I understand that some people will choose a better title after being blocked, but I don't even want to start looking at the number of those who merely did a
s/problem/issue, or even worse, just used "problems" (because that's not blocked, just sayin').
In the end I'm just thinking if there was a way to clean up the back log on this, or how to prevent more posts of this sort in the future, even with a title filter in place if it has to be.