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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Adding “all capitals in the question title” to the quality filter

So, the guys over in Charcoal HQ have been working on a Smoke Detector that detects potential spam so it can be flagged quicker. One thing that has been noticed is the number of posts that get ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Hold questions that use “text speak”?

Would it be possible to hold questions that use "text speak"? I'm probably showing my age, but I despise reading posts like: i can't <...>. pls help me. thx u. Would it be possible to ...
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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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People using URL shortcuts like http://goo.gl/ to bypass jsfiddle filter

See this answer for example: The link leads to http://jsfiddle.net/PcANy/6/ and it's quite obvious the user first tried to post with original link, got blocked due to not posting code so decided ...
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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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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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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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“These words are not allowed in titles”… But is there anyway…?

I went to edit this question and noticed this... Bearing in mind this was pre-edit - how did the question successfully post in the first place? To clarify, revision 2 of this post has this: ...
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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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What is the goal of the low quality question filter?

For a while now we have had a filter for new questions that doesn't allow them to be posted until they pass a filter that checks for certain mistakes indicative of very low quality questions. ...
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Should we notify users when the system automatically changes their post?

I posted an answer earlier and in a fit of flagrant spontaneous salutation I started it with "Hello from 2018" which was automatically removed when I posted. I came on meta to find out more about ...
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Is the spam filter for new users preventing people from showing their “homework”?

I recently posted a detailed question on superuser about an issue I was trying to help someone with. However, before posting it, while I was helping the person, I attempted to help her to ask the ...
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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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Tricking the jsfiddle-Link-Only-Filter with parentheses [closed]

This question asked a rather vague question with just a link to jsfiddle - but crucially the link was placed inside parenthesis Sample code here (http://jsfiddle.net/CPtp4/4/) I tried to edit this ...
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Cannot understand what problems the quality filter has with my question

I can't figure out what Stack Overflow wants from my question. My code is formatted correctly and indented properly and I am still told it is not. I have been trying to post a short question with ...
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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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Increase the question quality filter's strictness as users move closer to a ban

Unlike many here, I have some degree of confidence that users who are close to a ban can actually learn what they're doing wrong and improve. I also have confidence that problematic users are not just ...
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How did this user pass the quality filter by using the same title twice?

Just see these two questions: First: How to retrieve yahoo contact in Android? and Second: https://stackoverflow.com/q/16373262/1369235 A same user asked two questions with the same title. Title of ...
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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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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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Some words missing when editing a post in Stack Overflow

I try to edit a question how to find the commit message by author? In the question a word "hello" is there. But in the edit the word is not appearing. An extra word [git] is also appearing ...
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1st post rejected: “Your post appears to contain code that is not properly formatted as code”

Trying to post answer to this question: WinDbg x64: Cannot debug a crash dump - failed to load data access DLL Get this message: Your post appears to contain code that is not properly formatted ...
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User adds nonsense content to a question to get it through content filter; correct workflow?

I just reviewed a suggested edit to a question in which the original author had included nonsense content to a question to get it through content filter and then another user had (helpfully) removed ...
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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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How did this new user bypass code mandatory rule?

With reference to this question: From Code Editor to Wordpress I was editing the post for formatting issue and when I was saving it, it prompted me for How did the new user on the website manage to ...
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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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Forbidding some words can make impossible to set a correct question [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why can’t we use the word “problem” in titles? Editing the question "_Problem Loading Widget" message I have met a problem. I couldn't save the edition after adding ...
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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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“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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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?