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The undisclosed algorithm through which all new questions are passed to determine if they can be posted on a Stack Exchange site.

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Should 'Hi', 'thanks', taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?

I edit a lot of posts every day. I often run across posts with 'Hi' and 'Thanks' on the top and the bottom of the post respectively. I also run across things like: --User Should these items be ...
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What can I do when getting “This question body does not meet our quality standards”?

While trying to ask a question, I got the error message This question body does not meet our quality standards. Please make sure that it completely describes your problem - including what you have ...
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Why can't we use the word “problem” in titles?

Recently this Mathematica question was posted, Mathematica can't DSolve two-body pro-ble​m? The reason for the odd split in the word pro-blem is there is a filter preventing its use in titles. For the ...
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The title word filter is one of the worst ideas ever implemented on SO

There are numerous (1, 2, 3) questions concerning this problem. I realize this is a borderline duplicate, but I'll re-iterate the futility of this particular filter and why it should be outright ...
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The Efficacy Of Stack Overflow's Question Title Filter

I'm getting pretty sick of this meme that the title check being run on Stack Overflow (and Super User and Server Fault) is somehow ineffective, obviously broken, etc. etc. So, I'm going to drop the ...
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Is it time to tighten up the question quality filter?

As everyone here well knows, we get a lot of questions on Stack Overflow. And, as some of us here probably already know, there is a quality filter in place for new users: Also, there are certain ...
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BLOCK QUESTIONS IN ALL CAPS

RECENTLY ON THE ANDROID SITE WE GOT THIS QUESTION WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS. THIS WAS SURPRISING TO ME, SINCE I ASSUMED IT WOULD HAVE BEEN CAUGHT BY THE QUALITY FILTER — BESIDES BEING INDICATIVE OF ...
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Unable to post Chinese characters due to validation filter

This issue occurs when I attempt to post the Chinese characters for the novel "Water Margin" 《水浒传》 as a quote on Mythology SE. The error occurs even if a single character 水 is posted. The question ...
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Can 'u' and 'i' part ways with Stack Exchange?

I appreciate the benefits that the quality filter brings to the site, but I've noticed that posts are still making it through with a lot of lower case 'i' instead of 'I' and 'u' in place of "you". ...
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Is there any benefit to allowing code-only answers while blocking code-only questions? [closed]

There have been several discussions regarding code-only answers (answers that contain only code blocks with no textual explanation whatsoever): Down Vote "code only" answers? Explaining ...
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Incomprehensible “Your post appears to contain code that is not properly formatted as code” error

I just tried to post a question containing the following text: I'm building a music app, which has an ongoing notification. I meet the text color problem of notifications: 1. On Galaxy S with ...
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Error Message: It looks like your post is mostly code; please add some more details

How do you solve the following error when creating a simple post? It looks like your post is mostly code; please add some more details
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Houston, we have a porblem [closed]

Since it's forbidden to use the word "problem" in titles, and there's not even a way for experienced users to add it (or mods) we all know users just get around that filter by typing various ...
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“Problem” word filter can be circumvented in a search engine compatible way

This is not about the merits of the filter. But it exists, and its implementation is so limited it is ineffective, with good, easy workarounds. I consider this to be a bug. You might feel ...
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It does not meet our quality standards

For the first time on Stack Overflow, I have encountered the It does not meet our quality standards. problem when posting. The only thing I have to change is to add an "is" in my post title from "...
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Can we please block questions that contain nothing but a URL in the title?

On Drupal Answers we just had a spam question (now deleted). The question's title was, in its entirety: http://premiumpureforskolinrev.com/metabo-garcinia/ I can't think of a good reason that any ...
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Ideone paste prevention bug?

When I was answering this question I wanted to insert a link to ideone.com - where the code I wrote was used as a demonstration - and I encountered a message that said: Please make your answer ...
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What is wrong with single-paragraph questions?

Twice now I have asked a question in a single paragraph and have been told that it doesn't meet some mysterious standards. All I seem to need to do is split the sentence up (unnecessarily) into two ...
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I can't write Chinese characters in edited posts, but OP could when posting

Note this question is related, but not exactly the same, as this posts asks why OP could post (but I couldn't), whereas the other one states that OP shouldn't be able to. Following question: All I ...
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Bug in “Your post appears to contain code that is not properly formatted as code” heuristic

I have found a bug in the quality filter or Markdown engine on stackoverflow.com. The following examples are correctly rendered by the Markdown engine, but are rejected by the quality filter on SO. ...
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Let's make the automatic removal of salutations language specific!

Saludos. ^^^ as you see, I just said hello in Spanish and nothing happened, despite "Saludos" means "greetings" in Spanish. In Spanish Stack Exchange we noticed that a post cannot start with ...
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Why does it keep saying my post is mostly code?

I'm trying to post a sample of code that looks like this: Look at all of those comments, and it still won't allow me post! What am I doing wrong?
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Exclamation(!) turned in to question mark(?) in title field [duplicate]

I just submitted a question (Untrusted connection!) with an exclamation (!) at the end of the title (with one space between the word and the exclamation) but it turned in to question mark (?). I ...
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Please STOP trying to convert ! to ? on all sites and not just the orginal trilogy?

Some days ago, I wrote this feature request removal. But as peoples are pointing it out, employers will still be encouraged to post non‑developers jobs on the new system. So I wanted to addin ...
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Avoiding “enter image description here”

While reviewing first posts and low quality posts, I come across images liked the following way too often: enter image description here And this should come as no surprise, as this is the default ...
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If a question is in all-uppercase or all-lowercase, our quality filters should automatically reject it [duplicate]

Proposal If a question on an English-language Stack Exchange site does not contain at least one uppercase and one lowercase letter, our quality filter should reject it. (We can make exceptions for ...
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Filter titles that only contain tags and/or “filler” words

Inspired by this rant (which listed a couple-dozen question titles with "PHP preg_replace" and nothing else useful in them)1, I figured that there may be a practical way to improve the poor title ...
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My post does not meet your quality standards. Can you tell me why? [duplicate]

This is my post which I tried to post at Stack Overflow. But when I tried to submit it, I got the message This post does not meet our quality standards. I have checked it for 10 minutes, but I ...
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Lower the weight of grammar and punctuation in the low-quality filter?

I've recently been seeing a lot more questions on meta regarding how to fix a question so it passes the Low Quality Filter, which was tweaked on 4/17 to be more strict, and the majority of the posts ...
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Can the “quality” filter be tweaked or disabled for non-SO sites?

Some of you might not be aware, but there are a few sites that use the StackExchange engine to address non-programming questions. These sites are not called Stack Overflow, but they share this very ...
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Which words in titles are blacklisted on Stack Exchange?

Is there a complete list of blacklisted words for titles? I think there's: problem error issue But I'd like to be sure.
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Should the phrases “Any Idea” and “Is it Possible” be edited out of questions?

We already prohibit signatures and taglines from posts. Should we do the same with these phrases, under the theory that they are noise? Note: There seems to be some confusion about this question, so ...
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Improve “The Title Filter” responses

I have been thinking about the problem with using "problem" in question titles, which spawned these threads: The Efficacy Of Stack Overflow's Question Title Filter Moderators should be immune to ...
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Why does my post “not meet our quality standards”?

I'm trying to post the following question, but get the This post does not meet our quality standards error, with no explanation of what the problem is Title Grails query cache being ignored ...
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“Writing Good Titles” forbids the phrase 'question-mark' in titles

I understand why the standalone word 'question' is forbidden in titles; however SE doesn't make an exception for 'question-mark', as in this case, where I was trying to improve the title from: How to ...
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Stack Exchange is not working properly [closed]

When I try to post a question, the site says to edit it and to add "what you have tried" and "it's not up to quality standards" and stuff. But this message keeps coming up when I'm trying to post ...
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Can we add a hint that the title is important on the “quality standards” error message?

Ever since the quality filter was turned up a notch, there has been a steady flow of quality filter support questions on MSO. A few of those were a bit puzzling, as at first read they looked like ...
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Don't consider inline code spans as code for the purposes of the quality filter

From my earlier question, Detect attempts at disguising meaningless text as code blocks: Currently, the quality filter only asks that you have a code block before it will accept your submission of ...
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Add attempts to game the “quality standards” filter to the Low Quality queue for review

People who are not capable of writing high quality questions are nonetheless capable of figuring out how to get past the quality filter. By and large they add a sentence whining about the quality ...
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How did this “all code” question get around the quality filter?

This question was posted with just a block of code. Entire body text of question below: import javax.swing.JOptionPane; public class Result { public static void main (String[] args) for(int i=0;i<...
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Repeating crap can beat the low quality filter

The "horrible-question" filter can apparently be bypassed by repeating the same crap over and over again. For example, can someone find me example of sprite sheet animation java code? and ...
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Shouldn't the SE quality check block posts that are only a link?

I'm part of the MSE TAVERN ANTI-SPAM CLUB and this question *now deleted was just a link: Just a link. The entire body of the post was within the outbound link. Can/should the SE quality check block ...
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How did this “Plz Help me its urgent” question make it through the filter? [duplicate]

This is the question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/16178552/can-resolve-chat-in-jsf-primeface-plz-help-me-its-urgent Is the filter malfunctioning? Surely "plz help" and "urgent" are excellent ...
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Warning and/or redirect for extremely common meta-questions

We have a number of exceedingly common meta questions: Force a comment on downvote (my inspiration for this) Why was my question closed? Why can't I post questions any more? Anything about flags ...
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Code-formatting error occurs when composing post on Stack Overflow

Code formatting error occurs when I tried to post a question on Stack Overflow. Error message Your post appears to contain code that is not properly formatted as code. Please indent all code by 4 ...
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Quality filter fails to block questions linking to jsfiddle without any code [duplicate]

Judging from this question posted just now on Stack Overflow, the fix by Kevin that was introduced a while ago is nuked and removed from the code, I'll take a guess that as result of tightening the ...
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All-lowercase questions are 50 times more common than all-caps questions, and are often low-quality questions. Let's block them.​ [duplicate]

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 ...
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Did the title quality checker fail in this circumstance? Can it be improved? [duplicate]

This proposed duplicate is not the same as this question because that is explicitly about SO and the "problem". This question takes a broader approach to the title filter. This question was inspired ...
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Your title “quality standard” checking is nefariously asinine!

What is the title standard check based on? Length is the only criteria apparently. I made the title "evangelism vs evangelicalism?", it would not allow me to post, saying it does not meet your "...
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What exactly is wrong with this title?

I am trying to ask a question with the following title: using 'stdin' with fread I actually tried a variety of variations on the above and it just refused to accept any title I have come up with ...