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Quora mandates question marks at the end of titles. Why doesn't Stack Exchange?

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Unnecessary clutter which is irrelevant to the actual point? –  Nathan Taylor Jan 18 '12 at 18:24
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I believe on "Jeopardy", this is relevant, SO.... Not so much –  casperOne Jan 18 '12 at 18:26
    
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@casperOne: That would be a really fun SO spoof site. Askers make statements as "questions" and answerers add questions which would result in those statements as "answers." Too bad Area 51 doesn't generally like spoof sites :( –  David Jan 18 '12 at 18:29
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@David There are technologies out there that help you create your own.... –  casperOne Jan 18 '12 at 18:31
    
@casperOne: I may have to resort to that. It would be way more fun/featureful/popular on SE 2.0, though. –  David Jan 18 '12 at 18:32
    
Oh, how I love getting down-votted to hell for asking a question. Not a feature request, a question. Gotta love Meta. –  ripper234 Jan 18 '12 at 19:19
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@David: StackExchange hates fun. –  Rocket Hazmat Jan 18 '12 at 19:37
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@ripper234: Down-votes mean we disagree with you, is all. –  Rocket Hazmat Jan 18 '12 at 19:37
    
This is because titles aren't supposed to be questions. They're supposed to summarize the question in the body. –  Rocket Hazmat Jan 18 '12 at 19:40
    
@Rocket - yeah yeah, I know what down-votes mean on Meta. I don't like that. Also, my question does not contain any opinion of mine, so you can't disagree with me. –  ripper234 Jan 18 '12 at 19:46
    
I'm going to lose all my Meta rep on this question. –  ripper234 Jan 18 '12 at 22:06
    
Your post also contains no meat –  random Jan 18 '12 at 22:10
    
@random - is this a Meta Meme I missed? –  ripper234 Jan 18 '12 at 22:10
    
It's low quality and fits entirely in a tweet. You may think all downvotes on Meta are about disagreement, but that doesn't mean you can skip any effort –  random Jan 18 '12 at 22:12

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Looks like a silly check to add.

Titles do not have to ask a question - they are there to give a brief summary of the issue.

The question body should contain the actual question.

As for citing Quora practices - Stack Exchange is not Quora and there is no reason for it to mimic/copy/slavishly follow Quora practices.

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I'm citing it just as an example worth considering, not as something we have to copy. –  ripper234 Jan 18 '12 at 19:17

I don't see why they should be.

The more restrictions we put on user input, the more users are going to have to change their content to fit those restrictions. Changing that content to fit an automated mechanism all too often means reducing the quality of that content.

In many cases, the question is more complex than can be worded in a short title. The title is just that, a title. It's not the question.

We also don't want to encourage situations where the body is nothing more than:

See title for question

where the title is actually longer than the body.

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We already have that situation –  casperOne Jan 18 '12 at 18:28
    
@David: Actually, there are some restrictions: for example, exclamation points are forbidden at the end of titles (but not elsewhere in the title). Though that could be seen as beneficial, to keep questions from acting like shouting. –  Peter O. Jan 18 '12 at 19:10
    
@PeterO.: True. Some restrictions are in place. And I imagine their effects on the content have been thought out and scrutinized. So I guess a more accurate extension to my point would be, "I don't see how this additional restriction would do more good than harm." –  David Jan 18 '12 at 19:13

The question title should just give an idea of the question's topic; the fact is actually written as question is just a matter of style.

For example, I could use one of the following titles, and there would not be any difference about the topic being reported.

  • How do I change the string used by a third-party module in Drupal 7?
  • Changing string used from a module in Drupal 7
  • Altering the string used from a module, when using Drupal 7

If the question's title doesn't have a question mark at the end, that doesn't mean the question is not really a question. If Stack Exchange were sites where a user can write a blog post to suggest how to do something, or a question, then it would be probably necessary to distinguish between what is a suggestion, and what is a question. This is not what happens in Stack Exchange sites, which follow a Q&A format.

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