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I attempted to edit jquery ui tabs problem and got this message box:

screenshot of notification box

(Until now I wasn't aware you could get more than one of these at once. Is this relevant to all sites or just Stack Overflow?)

I've seen each message separately enough times to figure out that it's actually two messages rolled into one:

please do not use these words in titles: 'problem'


a question with that title already exists; please be more specific.

But for the sake of clarity to users who aren't as familiar, shouldn't there be some sort of separator between the messages? Currently it's a run-on sentence, which is at best annoying and at worst unclear.

Alternately, the messages could come one at a time, though I think that has the potential to be frustrating depending on the order in which the messages appear— I think the user would want to know about the "problem" restriction first, lest they reword the title to be unique and yet still contain "problem".

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The lack of capitalization makes the splice even worse. Definitely needs fixing. – Toomai Nov 29 '11 at 20:16
This is all avoiding the larger issue: you attempted to submit your edit without fixing that awful title. Shame, shame, shame! – Pops Nov 29 '11 at 20:29
@Pop I'm just going through and fixing potential formatting issues detected by this query. Trying not to get too bogged down with other problems in posts, but I did eventually replace "problem" with "issue", as is my standard procedure when I get that message box. "Fixed" :) – Jason Plank Nov 29 '11 at 20:36
Nice query! I got through all of two posts before I started hitting stuff you'd already edited. – Pops Nov 29 '11 at 20:51
@Pop Yeah, it's a useful query. I just wish Data Explorer were fed more often. I started at the beginning; I'm nearly done with everything it's found up to 2009 now. You could look at 2010 or later for stuff I haven't gotten to yet. – Jason Plank Nov 29 '11 at 20:55
Ah, I didn't look closely enough to see the date flag originally. I'm going to reach Copy Editor on the back of this query. – Pops Nov 29 '11 at 21:08
@Pop Err, and by 2009 I meant 2010. But you probably figured that out when you saw that line of the query. – Jason Plank Nov 29 '11 at 21:12

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