When posting a question recently, I filled in the title field as follows:

Can you Shift, or move your speed, while Sqeezing?

Immediately after moving off the title field, I got the following red flag beneath it:

The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed.

Why did this occur?
Is it a bug?
Is it a new feature?
By what qualities is it judging my question as "subjective"?


2 Answers 2


Because it contains the word your. The subjective filter is a simple regex, as Jeff states here.


It's not a sophisticated thing; mostly it was an effort to prevent subjective questions containing things like "what's the best.." and "what's the worst.."

I created the regex by studying a bunch of subjective closed questions; many of them contained the word "your".

It's possible this has outlived its usefulness, or maybe I can tighten it up by just checking for best/worst etc.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Also, the subjectivity line is a little farther out here. Maybe a customizable regex per site? \$\endgroup\$
    – C. Ross
    Nov 23, 2010 at 13:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ @C.Ross is right. The subjectivity line at RPG is a lot wider than at, say, Server Fault, and will definitely have different keywords. That's going to become even more so if sites like Atheism or Social Engineering go online. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tynam
    Nov 24, 2010 at 10:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ @CRoss, @Tynam It doesn't have to be perfect - it's not closing your question, just giving you a heads up. Even though we allow a bit more subjectivity here, you should probably still be advised if you're getting closer to that line. If they don't have built in site specific support I don't think it's worth doing work to implement in this case. \$\endgroup\$
    – mxyzplk
    Nov 28, 2010 at 21:37

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