Questions tagged [quality-filter]

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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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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How did this answer without a single letter get past the Low-quality post filter?

I see an answer (sorry, 10K only if it is deleted) that is full of only question marks: How did that make it past the post filter? Is it a bug in that undisclosed algorithm?
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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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Block “problems” as well as just “problem” in question titles

The quality filter is already blocking "problem" in question title on Stack Overflow. All good and running well for long time. However it does allow the word "problems" and honestly, can't see the ...
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Impossible to edit a question where there is too little context around the code [closed]

I'm trying to edit this question on Stack Overflow, consisting mostly of code and output trace. It lacked formatting and tags. However, I could not submit my edit because I got the following error: ...
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Question repeatedly refused for unclear code-formatting reasons

I can't believe how difficult it is to post a question on Stack Overflow. I keep getting the following message: Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because: Your post appears to contain ...
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quality standards not met [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can I do when getting “It does not meet our quality standards”? I had a good question IMHO: "I want to sign two dozen jar files using jarsigner, giving the password only ...
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Can we stop users from asking if this is the right place for their question in their question?

I've been browsing stack exchange for some time, and I keep on seeing questions that begin with some form of this message: Hi, I'm new to this website and I'm not sure if this question is in the ...
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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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Do the quality filters really work?

I just discovered this user on gamedev.SE. The user has asked 7 questions, with scores of 0, 0, -1, -2, -4, -5, and -5, and provided 3 answers with scores of 0, 0, and -2. How does a user with a net ...
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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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Why did this question's title avoid the word filter?

Recently I came across the question, "Java programming homework help" (need 10K rep to see the link). It was tagged C++ for no reason so I untagged it, but when I came to submit my edit I came ...
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Does the quality filter apply to answers?

I just tested the post quality filter in the answer area, and entering nonsense text like "qwerty" repeatedly did not trip the filter. Why?
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Muzzle all-caps shouters [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: BLOCK QUESTIONS IN ALL CAPS I just looked through questions by a user who thinks Caps Lock is cruise control for cool but forgets that he still needs to steer. I did a good ...
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Can we have an answer filter when it more than X % of it is links?

On Super User, I usually come around posts containing something like: Some software product allows you to do Y. Now imagine that that answer would instead be: Some software product allows you ...
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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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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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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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Empty but already deleted answers don't appear “deleted”

When going through new answers to old question it's normally pretty easy to tell if an answer has been deleted already or not. A couple of times now I've seen totally blank answers that have already ...
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Does the title filter work differently per site?

How did this recent "UserControl inside Placeholder good/bad? + Postback problem" question on Programmers survive the filter? Or do we not have one, and I just made everyone's life there a little bit ...
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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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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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Are some users forced to include code in questions?

Take a look at this question (see edit history). The asker has formatted the last paragraph of the question as code. I saw another question yesterday (again, see edit history) where an asker had put ...
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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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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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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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Add recursive defenses to the quality standards

Or in less complex words: ignore the string It does not meet our quality standards when checking if something meets our quality standards. There are incidents across the network of users who simply ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...