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What would cause a question to receive the following message:

Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because: It does not meet our quality standards.

(When I added a few words to my question, it was accepted, so I'm guessing my original question was too short. Still, it would be helpful to have a more specific error message.)

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It's not just length; several other heuristics contribute to a question's "quality score", and if it scores too low, we block it. Usually, this works out well - questions that fail too many checks are in dire need of cleanup, and giving the author a chance to do this before posting saves everyone time and grief.

However, there are edge-cases where the system falls on its face. If you can't get around the problem by doing a bit of cleanup on your text, you can always ask us to take a look at it.

And yes, the message could be more specific, but that would defeat the purpose - we don't want folks to just pad out their questions until they get through, we're hoping they put a bit more thought into what they're asking.

Further reading: What can I do when getting “It does not meet our quality standards”?

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