Why the "+" character in the question title in superuser.com causes the message saying "This post does not meet our quality standards" when trying to post? Is this behavior documented somewhere? I've just spent 10 minutes trying to figure out what's wrong with my question.

  • What was the title that you were trying ? – asheeshr Apr 20 '13 at 2:41
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    Titles are supposed to have more than a single character – random Apr 20 '13 at 2:42
  • It was more then a single character, "Alt + Arrows keys" – Soonts Apr 20 '13 at 2:46
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    Was it a title only? Did you have anything at all in the question body? – random Apr 20 '13 at 2:47
  • Yes I have. superuser.com/questions/585221/alt-and-arrows-keys – Soonts Apr 20 '13 at 2:47
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    @Soonts: My dear that title is terrible, good thing it got blocked. On the other hand, not hard enough. – Time Traveling Bobby Apr 21 '13 at 18:49

It's not really "+" that's hurting you there. It's that there wasn't much else to your title beyond "+". See random's edit - that's what your title should have been: a short summary of the question you were asking.

You're allowed 150 characters for titles. Don't be afraid to use 'em next time...

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  • The problem went away after I've changed "Alt + Arrows keys" to "Alt and Arrows keys" so I concluded it's the '+'. Now I understand you have a minimum title length. OK. The problem is - why didn't you tell me so? It took me 10 minutes and 4 edits to figure out what was wrong with my question (my #1 suggestion was the "damn" word, #2 was ♦♠ characters in the body, I don't already remember what were my other guesses). It's awful UX to tell user "sorry we don't like your data", without even a link to the spec containing your quality standards. – Soonts Apr 21 '13 at 22:40
  • The hard minimum length is 15 characters, @Soonts - but in practice, titles not much longer than that are frequently pretty bad too (in part because folks who can't think of 15 characters to write tend to just throw nonsense in to pad them out). Beyond that, the quality check is more than just a length check: it also factors in capitalization, punctuation, common misspellings, etc. - with the end result of short titles being held to a higher standard than a longer one. We could've done better in this case by returning a message like, "This title does not meet our quality standards". – Shog9 Apr 21 '13 at 23:18
  • Yep - "This title does not meet our quality standards" would definitely help me, reducing 10 minutes to 1. Thanks in advance! :-) – Soonts Apr 21 '13 at 23:32

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