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Stack Overflow detects when you input a poor title. For example, it displays something like "That title is too short to be useful. Can you add some more detail?" or "That's not a very good title. Can you add some more unique words to it?" when your title for a question is not adequate.

I am wondering what they use as a criteria (except for the obvious length)?

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This seems more a question for the meta site... – jswolf19 Mar 10 '11 at 14:16

The first message you get when you have a title that contains less than 15 characters. The second message seems to only trigger if your question consists of a single word of 15 characters or more (like the original revision of this question. There don't seem to be any other checks, not even whether the words are real.

Having at least 2 words that hit at least 15 characters seems to be sufficient for getting past this. Whether you'll get a list of related questions or "no related questions can be found" depends on your terms. But for example, "SPLongOperation 1" provides 2 results on Stack Overflow.

Separate from this is a simple Regex that checks if the title contains any of the following words:

  • Best
  • Worst
  • Hardest
  • You
  • Your
  • Favorite
  • Favourite

If it fires off, then it gives a red warning that the question is subjective and is likely to be closed. This is independent of the above warnings, though.

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There's also the subjective title test – Yi Jiang Mar 10 '11 at 14:43
@YiJiang I thought about that, but that's a different thing. That shows a glaring red error. This only shows a quiet grey one, and is primarily for the Related Questions dropdown. I'll include it, though. – Grace Note Mar 10 '11 at 14:45

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