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A lot of questions are posted which have a prefix similar to:

  1. "How to" upload image from computer?
  2. "How do I" set the date modified?

Should these prefixes be left when editing a question?

Personally, I feel that:

Load an external dll

...is better than:

How to load an external dll

I understand that this question might be subjective but I am asking in case there is a de-facto adopted by the majority.

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"loading an external dll" is IMO better – Manishearth May 8 '12 at 15:30
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Though many questions can benefit from a more descriptive title, I see little difference between:

How to upload image from computer?

And:

Upload image from computer?

In terms of what it brings to the reader.

This is a matter of personal preference and style - I don't think such titles merit edits.

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I agree that they wouldn't merit edits in their own right, I think I find myself asking the question when editing a post for another reason. So, more of an additional change. – Ste May 8 '12 at 15:32
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@Ste - If it bothers you so much, change the titles. And if already changing them, make them more relevant to the question... – Oded May 8 '12 at 15:33
    
thanks, I'm rather apathetic to the title scenario but, in trying to do my bit for the community, I thought I'd ask what was best. You've answered my question so shall get the checkmark. Maybe I'll get another downvote though and I can get my "Peer pressure" badge! – Ste May 8 '12 at 15:41
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If I really had to choose between those two, I'd rather use the first wording with the "how to" in it. – Alenanno May 8 '12 at 15:43
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@Ste - Downvotes on meta are different – Oded May 8 '12 at 15:46
    
@Oded - Thanks for the further info. – Ste May 8 '12 at 15:47
    
@Alenanno - And others would rather not see it... That's my point about personal preference. – Oded May 8 '12 at 18:07
    
@Oded Yes but the second one sounds like when you are talking and you suddenly decide to ask a question instead of just stating something so you just raise the tone (without the verb inversion or other similar things). :D – Alenanno May 8 '12 at 18:09

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