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What can I do when getting “It does not meet our quality standards”?

I am asking questions about Mediawiki just like users do about CakePHP, Codeigniter and others but I just get

It does not meet our quality standards.

Why? Asking about mediawiki is bad thing or do I need to write a long long description of my question when it can be explained in a simple sentence?

Unfortunately Mediawiki doesn't have a large support group (I guess) thats why I resort to SO for asking help but I am just being stuck by not knowing what I need to correct in the question to meet the quality standard


This is what I posted as a question.

mediawiki, how to modify search results to show if a page has sub pages?

plenty of down votes, can i ask why?

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marked as duplicate by Time Traveling Bobby, waffles May 30 '11 at 12:31

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

    
See meta.stackexchange.com/q/92074/147333. If you think the question is relevant please put it in this question – CharlesB May 30 '11 at 9:53
    
i have already read that, and if i am correct my question meets all the requirements, it is clear, it is explained and it uses correct english sentences – user503148 May 30 '11 at 10:03
    
Can you show the question you tried to post? – Pëkka May 30 '11 at 10:04
    
mediawiki, how to modify search results to show if a page has sub pages? simple as this – user503148 May 30 '11 at 10:18
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@user503148: Yes, I can see why you have this problem. This is a very poor question and in combination with your writing style a perfect example which will be downvoted and closed as not a real question. You're lacking key information like versions used, what you mean with sub pages and especially what you've tried so far. – Time Traveling Bobby May 30 '11 at 10:59
    
what i posted was just a title, do i need to mention all this in the title itself? – user503148 May 30 '11 at 12:01
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@user nope. What do you have in your question body? Re the downvotes, downvoting is a sign of disagreement on Meta rather than a judgement on quality. I assume 8 people (including myself) disagree with this being a bug – Pëkka May 30 '11 at 13:33
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Once again, your title attracted all the attention. You really should work on that... This is not a bug. It worked correctly in this case. If you want tips on how to improve the question, you need to actually post the question you tried to ask. – Cody Gray May 30 '11 at 14:09

As per the comments, the question you tried to ask was

mediawiki, how to modify search results to show if a page has sub pages?

that questions like that get rejected is by design. It is not a good question by Stack Overflow's standards.

What you can do to improve your chances is pad the question with relevant information like:

  • Tell people what version you are using.
  • Tell people what template you are using (if applicable).
  • Make an example of how you create subpages - it may not be obvious to everyone.
  • Show what you have tried so far, and where you are stuck.
  • Mention any manuals, references and tutorials you may already have looked at.
  • Mention any template files you have tried to apply the customization to.
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all this needs to be written in the body, am i write? – user503148 May 30 '11 at 12:04
    
@user, you are right, yes. – Benjol May 30 '11 at 12:12
    
i wrote it and it didn't work, can you please explain why? – user503148 May 30 '11 at 12:19
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@user503148: No, we can't unless you show us the exact question you tried to post. – Time Traveling Bobby May 30 '11 at 12:27
    
ok i will try to recreate it i dont quite remember it now – user503148 May 30 '11 at 12:39
    
I recommend staying away from stackoverflow. I have attempted to post MANY questions an not one has been accepted. Find a real forum. – Clem Apr 17 '13 at 17:32
    
@Clem if the automatic quality filter blocks your contributions, there usually is a good reason for it. Not always, but most of the time. Can you post an example? – Pëkka Apr 17 '13 at 17:38

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