Please don't mixup with Quality blocks enabled for questions.

For some time now, I've seen the system accepting low quality stuff, without capitalized I's, a mess of punctuation signs, all-caps questions, and other indicators that the asker has poor language skills. Are these checks not enabled in Ask Ubuntu?

I'm asking about this What can I do when getting “It does not meet our quality standards”?

  • You should think of the poor newcomers - how else can one gain rep easily /get one's feet wet if not by improving such questions. ;-)
    – guntbert
    Commented Mar 15, 2014 at 21:34
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    @guntbert answering questions >:)
    – Braiam
    Commented Mar 15, 2014 at 22:52
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    My brief experience is that posts without capitalized "i"'s are often poor quality in other respects too. My vote is for punting such posts back to OP somehow and asking them to fix it as a compulsory ticket to being accepted on SE.
    – DK Bose
    Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 2:26
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    @DKBose That actually already happens, somewhat. This question is about tweaking the filter a bit.
    – Seth
    Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 2:27

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Yes, they're enabled. Roughly 35 blocked in the past day.

They're not perfect; the quality score is generated from a number of different heuristics, with the end result being questions that do very well by some measures and very poorly by others getting through.

We might want to bump up the threshold at which a question is held back. A good indication of this are questions that end up in the Low Quality /review queue, since it is driven by the same heuristics as the block. So if you're seeing a lot of stuff there that should've been blocked outright, post examples here.

  • Uhhh... that's somehow a low number.
    – Braiam
    Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 2:28
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    Without anything to compare it to, I'm not sure how you're evaluating it.
    – Shog9
    Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 2:35
  • Well, for example this askubuntu.com/q/436840/169736
    – Braiam
    Commented Mar 20, 2014 at 23:10
  • Yeah, that would never be blocked given the current algorithm used for quality checks. It has multiple tags, a full sentence as a title, and multiple paragraphs in the body complete with punctuation and capitalization and so on. Compared to the sort of thing the automated quality checks were designed to block, it's practically Strunk & White.
    – Shog9
    Commented Mar 20, 2014 at 23:14
  • Yeh, bad example, I need to find one... D:
    – Braiam
    Commented Mar 20, 2014 at 23:19
  • Found it, askubuntu.com/revisions/df3f0dda-06e3-4fbb-bebc-ae55c89626aa/…
    – Braiam
    Commented Mar 20, 2014 at 23:34
  • Ha! That would've been blocked on Stack Overflow, but a particular setting here allowed it through. I've adjusted this setting - thanks @Braiam.
    – Shog9
    Commented Mar 20, 2014 at 23:44
  • It broke again :( askubuntu.com/posts/447189/revisions and there's something to prevent these? askubuntu.com/questions/447135/motorola-atrix-ubuntu
    – Braiam
    Commented Apr 13, 2014 at 13:42
  • Not quite sure what happened there, @Braiam - that should have been blocked, and several variations on it by the same author were blocked - it appears he found a variation that wasn't, but whatever it was I'm missing it.
    – Shog9
    Commented Apr 13, 2014 at 21:08
  • MM... askubuntu.com/q/491838/169736
    – Braiam
    Commented Jul 5, 2014 at 0:44

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