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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.

marked as duplicate by Jeff Atwood Jul 7 '11 at 8:20

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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>. – rightfold Jun 13 '11 at 11:27

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