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

There are lots of questions on UML diagrams so why is this question being rejected? A little elaborated error message would not have let me to ask on meta or am i ignorant of rules/procedures

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  • Why the underscore in your title?
    – Bart
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 7:02
  • @Bart I think that the filter blocks the word "question". Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 7:07
  • @Bart, yes "Question" is not allowed in the Title
    – bjan
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 7:10
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    That's my point exactly. Don't try to circumvent filters like that by making it a lousy title.
    – Bart
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 8:27
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    this version of your question looks much improved to me: stackoverflow.com/questions/9108660/… Q.E.D.: quality filter works as intended
    – gnat
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 9:16

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The error is vague intentionally, to avoid users working around it without actually fixing the problem:

I am against being explicit here.... Our check takes into account tags, title and body. We are not going to give breakdown of what was wrong, that is spoon feeding. (source: waffles)

If we provide a "formula" then it's just another way for users to bypass the question quality filters. (source: Jeff)

You provided a perfect example with this post. You used the title "Question is rejected by stackoverflow without exact error", and got the error "please do not use these words in titles: 'Question'". Rather than reword the title, you changed "Question" to "Ques_tion" to get around it. This is exactly the kind of thing people will do if the quality filter spells out the problems with the post, so instead it just says something is wrong and forces you to actually improve the post before you can submit it

  • Here you are right and i accept the reasoning, but this case started from the actual question shown in the image, imo, it was a complete question, i wanted exactly what i have asked, why should i add more details if i dont want that. First the question was rejected with vague response and then i tried to play around. If this question has been voted down just for duplication then answers should also be voted down for duplication because it is also there as reported by @Troyen in his comments. However, it looks i am against the majority which makes me reconsider this opinion. Thank you all
    – bjan
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 9:26

First of all, your question's body is exactly the same as the title; that is not good. Second, it is too short; there is not a whole lot of information, which could potentially make the question hard to answer or unanswerable, in which case, it may end up closed. Lastly, it does not contain any punctuation; in my opinion, one should always endeavour to make one's posts clear and proper, and omitting punctuation is a bad way to go about doing that.

  • That is what i am talking about, the error message was not much clear what went wrong, the length, matching title and body or whatever. I also looked at FAQ and there was nothing similar to your answer about Quality so IMHO i have asked a right question.
    – bjan
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 7:20
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    @bjan It's not in the FAQ linked at the top, but it is in the secret FAQ located here on Meta.
    – Troyen
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 7:27
  • It means it was a right question but i was unable to find it on the meta with all possibilities. lost almost 4 out of 36 points on just a duplicate question, discouraging :(
    – bjan
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 7:35

It's probably because your subject text is exactly the same as the question you typed in the body.

  • i got these two error messages so i will try sometime later 1- body must be at least 30 characters; you entered 26 and 2- users with less than 125 reputation can only post questions every 20 minutes; try again later.
    – bjan
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 6:53
  • @moguzalp They originally posted when the question was still on SO.
    – Troyen
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 7:19
  • @moguzalp to complete Troyen reply - They originally posted when the question was still on SO and didn't have associated account here on Meta - bjan have such account by now, Raoul still didn't log in. Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 8:21
  • @moguzalp it should not happen, I have submitted a bug report about this issue. :) Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 9:03

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