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Auto-reject questions titled “what's your programming question? be specific.”

This question just popped up, with an initial title of

what's your programming question? be specific.

which happens to be the placeholder text for the title field. (A proper title has since been added.)

Can the system check if the question title is the placeholder text and reject the submission with an error if it is? I don't know how the placeholder text even gets through in the first place — could be some client-side issues or something, as I do see the text in my browser's autocomplete — but I don't think it's something that should get through anyway, since it isn't a real question title.

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    Type your comment here
    – jonsca
    Jun 13, 2011 at 10:38
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    @jonsca: enter at least 15 characters Jun 13, 2011 at 10:38
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    @BoltClock True, but there's no prompt within the box, so I made it up. 508 characters left.
    – jonsca
    Jun 13, 2011 at 10:43
  • blink blink blink blink blink blink blink
    – Pollyanna
    Jun 13, 2011 at 13:05
  • Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/93438/… Jun 13, 2011 at 17:05
  • @Rick Sladkey: Hot diggedy. Voting to close mine. Jun 13, 2011 at 17:08
  • I said related. I don't have vote to close on meta anyway. :-) Jun 13, 2011 at 17:12
  • @Rick Sladkey: It does sound like a duplicate though :| Jun 13, 2011 at 17:17
  • Use comments to ask for clarification or add more information. Avoid answering questions in comments. Jun 30, 2016 at 18:44

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This shouldn't be possible, as that placeholder text is an overlaid <div> with transparency -- it never actually appears in the <input> element at any time.

So therefore, I can only surmise this user actually typed that in as the title.

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    Or, in some way the user selected the text inside the <div> and per accident dragged it into the <input>.
    – user146787
    Jun 13, 2011 at 11:27

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