91 votes
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I feel that lately the answers to my questions on Stack Exchange are low quality

No, it's not you. This is just a natural consequence of Stack Overflow shifting the focus from a high quality library of knowledge towards quantity, e.g. attracting as many users as possible while at ...
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Don't use spam post as audits in the low quality review queue

I fully support this proposal. The main reasons why it makes sense to me are: Spam does not belong in the LQ review queue in the first place. As far as I understand, spam flags are handled by diamond ...
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Why have I been barred from posting questions?

This happened because you had an account that was blocked from asking questions, and returned after requesting deletion of your account, which we obliged. We're happy to give you an almost clean ...
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39 votes

Community downvotes posts that were just fixed

Personally, I think the edit action should dismiss the flag as disputed, which is actually what it did for a long time and I thought it still did. I was never able to figure out when the change ...
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32 votes

Improve help text for the low-quality-posts queue

I fully agree that these help texts are confusing and should be changed, however, not necessarily as you suggest (though you are pointing out the right problems). What needs to be covered Let me ...
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32 votes

"Post as guest" is a bad user experience and encourages low quality contributions. Get rid of it

First off, I'm not wild about doing anything to the registration system right now. Not on any one site, and definitely not network-wide. We're working on a design for a complete revamp of the global ...
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32 votes

Community should not autodownvote "low quality" autoflags cleared by edits

Update: August 15, 2019 The system no longer automatically downvotes posts as a result of automatic flags anymore. Update: August 31, 2017 Internally, we discussed several ways to implement this, but ...
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27 votes

Let's Remove The Auto Downvote On Validated VLQ Flags (On Questions)

Since it's pretty much my fault that VLQ comes with an automatic downvote to begin with, I feel like I should weigh in on this. I feel very strongly that we should not be removing posts we aren't ...
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26 votes
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What did Stack Exchange/Overflow change in May 2016 that cut low-quality questions so dramatically on the flagship sites?

I'm afraid the explanation here is kinda boring. There's a job that runs weekly which deletes any question more than 365 days old which... has a score of 0 or less, or a score of 1 or less in ...
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25 votes
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Community downvotes posts that were just fixed

The system will now revoke the automatic downvote if, after the flag is marked Helpful, the post later gets an upvote. Remember, the automatic downvote essentially exists because folks use this flag ...
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25 votes

I feel that lately the answers to my questions on Stack Exchange are low quality

I stopped asking questions a few years back on Stack Overflow because: My questions were no longer "easy" since I could both research myself as well as I've become a much better engineer in the last ...
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23 votes

Reviewing the Stack Exchange Policy on Low-quality Contribution

and I have never violated the code of conduct (I have been called offensive words such as "troll" by some users, but I have never responded them with any offensive word) and any written ...
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In the low-quality queue, make it more clear that the canned comments are just that

As a possible solution, I propose to do the following two things: Add a description to No comment needed like: This is a good choice if an existing comment already addresses the post’s issues. ...
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What exactly does a VLQ flag do?

The answer to this question has changed since this other answer was posted. Here's how things look in 2017: Yes (mostly because as explained in point 3, there's no guarantee that the flag will do ...
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I did not flag all these posts as Very Low Quality

This bug has now been fixed network wide. In a certain case of flagging logic, it was checking all flags instead of just your flags to see if you've already raised a flag. I've fixed the check and you ...
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20 votes

Remove VLQ as a flag option

On questions, it's a super-downvote if the question gets closed. This isn't terribly useful, except that some people use it instead of a downvote — hey, people, if you see a very low quality question, ...
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Can we retire the Reversal badge on main sites and keep it only for meta sites?

Disclaimer: I have the Reversal badge but only on a site meta. Yes, let's get rid of it. Gold badges are generally intended to be awarded when someone does something great for the site. Many users ...
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Can we retire the Reversal badge on main sites and keep it only for meta sites?

I'm very sorry to say but I disagree. Disclosure: I was the first to ever get this badge on Ask Ubuntu And this is not because I was the first to obtain such a badge on Ask Ubuntu, but because of ...
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When confronted with spam in the LQP queue, should I press 'delete' or 'looks okay'?

When I encounter spam in the LQP queue, I go to the post and flag it as spam, as you do. Then I click Skip in the queue. After several Looks OK reviews, a post is dropped from the queue, preventing ...
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18 votes

Include the option to flag posts as spam in the Low Quality queue

Spam deserves its own special place in hell. And the sooner it gets there, the better. It should always be possible to flag a post as spam — when reading it, from a review queue, preferably even from ...
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I feel that lately the answers to my questions on Stack Exchange are low quality

I've noticed this trend myself as well. However, some of that might be attributable to my questions leaning more on edge cases (i.e., long tail programming questions) that seems to arise with more ...
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16 votes
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Why is the option very low quality sometimes hidden in the flag menu?

The low quality flag option will come up for zero or negatively scored posts - that's the first indication that a post is indeed low quality (or suffers from other issues). I can only assume that the ...
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16 votes

Allow posts older than 7 days to be flagged as VLQ

I think this is a good idea because, Low quality things get missed the first time around, I have seen absolute garbage posts get left up for years and years. The need to delete doesn't go away after ...
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How can a low quality post can get more than 15 or 20 reviewers?

tl;dr: this appears to be happening because no one is reviewing the item in the Close Votes queue, and not enough people with close voting privileges are reviewing or voting to close the post. When it ...
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Could we talk about turd polishing better?

I'm not sure we can find a better metaphor. I do understand nobody likes their post being called a turd, but it's difficult to find something which is worth less than sand and still not belittling. ...
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15 votes
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What's with the Community-blocking?

Community auto-protects because of deleted answers from low-rep users. It has nothing to do with the visible content on the page. There are currently five deleted answers on that post, all five of ...
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15 votes

Remove VLQ as a flag option

Couple of quick notes here since I'm sick and probably can't write a coherent essay on this: Flag types exist to direct and differentiate folks' desire to see problems addressed You look at a post and ...
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Why I'm casting delete votes in the Low Quality review queue?

Don't really see the problem here. You get X number of delete votes per day (between 5 and 30, depending on reputation - so by the time you can vote to delete answers, you'll have at least 15). You ...
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