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I have always wondered how a low quality post is decided by the system. Is this even decided by the system or is it a manual process?

What qualities should a post contain so that it does not become a Low-Qualtiy-Post?

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    It is definitely decided by the system and some are even flagged for mods. This typically has to do with character count I believe. I will have to dig something up for it. – Tablemaker Nov 28 '12 at 13:15
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    answer: it's magic – DForck42 Nov 28 '12 at 14:28
  • @DForck42 haha...nice. But magics are even discovered and explained by humans. So it should not get away unexplained too! ;) – Mistu4u Nov 28 '12 at 14:36
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Low quality posts are detected through a combination of length, formatting, use of certain keywords, and a few bad habits that correlate to poor quality.

I don't believe the algorithm has been thoroughly documented anywhere (most likely to prevent minimum-effort posts, gaming, and workarounds), but there was a discussion to explore the issues and techniques before it was implemented:

Heuristics for detecting a bad answer

That was an early discussion, and not all of the techniques discussed made it into the current system.

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  • Thank you for the piece of info @robert cartaino :) – Mistu4u Nov 28 '12 at 16:55

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