A lot of the trolling questions about the Holocaust (currently, I'm of the opinion it's by one person) have very short question bodies:
- Did Soviets build a fake chimney in Poland? : One sentence in body.
- https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/posts/45513/revisions : two sentences
- https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/posts/45217/revisions : three sentences, less than one line long
- https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/posts/43439/revisions : three sentences, only half a line
- https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/posts/42900/revisions : two sentences, only half a line
- https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/posts/42754/revisions : War and Peace! A three line paragraph, plus a single sentence
- https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/posts/39608/revisions : three sentences, one and a half lines
- https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/posts/38322/revisions : four sentences, less than one line
Sampling methodology for above: pending flagged question, link to similar question, plus questions I have helpfully flagged as rude and abusive which are about the holocaust or Jews, until I got bored.
In the two most recent questions, there was no source code text that easily identified it as being about the Holocaust. "Auschwitz" is only visible in the image itself, and "Soviet" and "chimney" don't provide a strong hint that it's about the Holocaust. I think that if we require question bodies to be longer, they're more likely to include a keyword that can be detected by charcoal.
I think that we should change the quality filter to require more text in the question body, but I have some questions about whether it'd be a good idea:
- Is it likely that requiring a longer question body will increase the likelihood of it triggering a keyword for Charcoal?
Will increasing the length of a question make it more likely to be interpreted as a legitimate, good-faith question? Unfortunately, some users have already treated existing questions as legitimate:
Is increasing the required question body length going to lead to negative consequences for legitimate question askers? (I think not, because if you're a good-faith question asker who has a question that is that short, the software is doing you a favour by encouraging you to provide more detail)