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I am trying to post this question, but it gets rejected as not meeting quality standards. What can I do to fix it?

I have a django application runnin using django cms. I am trying to make one specific submenu not clickable.

The menu is like this:


What i want is that everything is clickable except for "item3" menu item .

How can i achieve this knowing item3 is a django-cms page itself as are each of its children pages ?

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Capitalize I. Be proud of yourself. – nhahtdh May 3 '13 at 14:56
Note - the quality check is also applied to the title. Does the title you're entering look like a well formed sentence? If not, that's probably what's getting you. – Tim Post May 3 '13 at 14:57
Oh and: Don't plenk please. – slhck May 3 '13 at 14:58
It defeats the purpose of the quality filter if you just post the question here and ask us to fix it. The whole point is so that you aren't posting the question and then forcing the community to fix it for you after you post it... – Servy May 3 '13 at 14:58
@Servy: Then how are new users going to improve their posts? Meta is the only place that you can get help about this. – nhahtdh May 3 '13 at 14:59
@Servy yeah, but it's exactly the point of meta for users to learn how to do these things. Note we're not just editing it, we're instructing on what to correct. – djechlin May 3 '13 at 15:00
@nhahtdh You mean there's no place in the entire world you could go to help you fix up the grammar of a few paragraph post? Wow, I didn't think the rest of the world was incapable of improving content. – Servy May 3 '13 at 15:01
@djechlin Keep in mind the entire point of these filters is not just to get people to capitalize their I's, it's because mistakes such as these have a high correlation with other more significant underlying problems. By providing information on how to pass the filter without fixing those underlying issues it's not particularly helpful. – Servy May 3 '13 at 15:03
@Servy: Not everybody gets to go to school. (If you want to be snarky, two can play at that game.) – BoltClock's a Unicorn May 3 '13 at 15:03
@Servy it actually looks like a good question to me, with the possible exception of the title though. If there were more significant underlying problems we would all be clamoring about it right now - the fact that the advice is on I's and punctuation is precisely because that isn't the case. – djechlin May 3 '13 at 15:04
Also, +1 for the user bringing this question to meta and actually asking how to improve. The user is not just complaining or trying to get a quick and easy answer here. This behavior needs to be encouraged. – djechlin May 3 '13 at 15:05
@Servy: it defeats the entire purpose of the quality filter if everyone just posts their question on meta to get it fixed instead of posting it on SO and having it be edited. The question cannot be posted - how can it get edited on SO? And if the question is good, why do we deny the user a chance of asking the question? – nhahtdh May 3 '13 at 15:07
@nhahtdh My point is that before the filter existed people just posted these questions on the site itself and users edited it into shape; once the filter was added, and now that it's more restrictive, users can't. If they just post the question on meta to have people fix it how is that better than just not having a filter and having people edit it? It creates more work this way. The intent is that it becomes the responsibility of the poster to improve the question to a minimum standard before posting it on the network. – Servy May 3 '13 at 15:09
@Servy and others: if you guys want to debate how quality filter support should (or should not) be provided, open another thread. – Adam Lear May 3 '13 at 15:16
@Servy I revised my answer to explain the reasoning behind the filter (I'm largely just believing/agreeing with you) and explained how to improve quality. I think in explaining this over the comments you basically provided a robust answer ("if you're having these problems, figure out how to improve underlying quality") but I think it's better to inform a user asking on meta of this purpose and process than leave them in the dark on what we're trying to get them to do here. – djechlin May 3 '13 at 15:20
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You have some small grammar problems, but your question is likely not to be well-received for content problems. One reason our filter is so strict is that grammar problems tend to correlate with content problems. I think your question is much higher quality than many caught by this filter, but please mind the following:

  1. You did not post your title, that may be the problem. Make sure the title is a specific question that describes what you're actually trying to do. Something like "Help with Django" is a bad title.
  2. You're likely to get smacked with a bunch of what have you tried? type comments. You need to describe what you tried or thought to try, and what problem you had trying to get it to work. Your question is good in that it's specific (I'm assuming this can't be found elsewhere on the site) but you are missing this ingredient.

That being said, the grammar problems that may trip this filter include capitalizing "i" and not having unnecessary spaces before punctuation , like this . But please understand the reason our filters are meticulous is they are indicative of underlying content problems so much as egregious problems in themselves.

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You can also edit and undelete posts instead of deleting one and posting another. – slhck May 3 '13 at 15:16
@slhck I know, but I felt this was very different in content and it would be disingenuous to import the vote count. In fact I'm nearly reversing my previous answer which just instructed on the grammar/title improvements to make. – djechlin May 3 '13 at 15:18
Although, my username still starts with "dj" despite my unfamiliarity with Django. That hasn't changed between answers. – djechlin May 3 '13 at 15:21

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