First, someone proposed blocking all-caps questions. This was declined. The decliner seemed to feel that the problem was too rare to bother with.

Well, all-lowercase questions are 50 times more common than all-caps questions. Stack Overflow gets only about 100 all-uppercase questions per year; see here. Yet it gets about 5,000 all-lowercase questions per year; see here. (These statistics are for Stack Overflow only; the rest of our network wasn't considered.)

All-lowercase questions are often of poor quality. Let's block them.

Note: If you disagree with my idea, it would be helpful if you could please tell me why you disagree.

P.S. This idea is modified and adapted from an older idea by stack exchange user Gilles. My dear sir Gilles, I thank you.

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    Why did you reask the same exact question? Jul 6, 2016 at 5:51
  • @NathanO'TᴇstingTuggy: This time, unlike last time, I made sure to point out the fact that all-lowercase questions are 50 times more common than all-caps questions. Last time, I neglected to do so, thereby making my proposal much weaker. Jul 13, 2016 at 13:14
  • That's an excellent reason to edit a question. It is not a reason to reask it. At all. Jul 13, 2016 at 17:20
  • @NathanO'TᴇstingTuggy: I hear you. Anyway, even 5,000 questions per year constitute nothing but "a drop in the ocean", according to some chat posts by JamesENL and Quill, and so perhaps it wouldn't be worth the developers' time to configure the quality filters to catch them. Jul 14, 2016 at 14:01

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I ran this query, then clicked the first ten results. This showed me ten different recent all-lowercase questions.

None of the questions had a vote total of more than zero. Many had negative vote totals. One question even had nine downvotes on it.

All-lowercase questions tend to be of poor quality, and we should block them.

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