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As far as I can tell, only questions that have tags in brackets in their titles are automatically corrected with the tag removed. I don't know whether I've grown more sensitive to this lately, or whether it's an actual problem, but I've seen a lot of questions where the title begins with a tag, then a hyphen, colon, plus, etc. prior to the actual title.

For example;

  • Magento - set gift message to existing order using php
  • JQuery UI + ContextMenu: Send multiple selected elements from table to Dialog UI
  • PHP: Loop returns error, but it shouldn't

It would seem trivial to extend the existing filter to clean up these other tag-tainted question titles.

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Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/84802/… ; I'm not much in favor of more automagic corrections. –  Mat Aug 8 '12 at 15:57
    
It's related to meta.stackexchange.com/questions/103563/… as well but there seems to be more support for it than against it. –  j08691 Aug 8 '12 at 15:59
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I know, this has been debated more than once. Don't get me wrong, I don't like tags at the start of titles. It's just that autofix thingies are hard to get right. –  Mat Aug 8 '12 at 16:00
    
Indeed, there are a lot of clbuttic mistakes you can easily make. –  Ernest Friedman-Hill Aug 8 '12 at 16:45

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Prediction: if you add a filter like this, you'll end up with

  • Magento set gift message to existing order using php
  • JQuery UI + ContextMenu Send multiple selected elements from table to Dialog UI
  • PHP Loop returns error, but it shouldn't

This is an incentive towards worse titles. The cure is worse than the disease.

In any case, filters should be viewed with extreme caution. I've encountered false positives for all the title filters on SO that I'm aware of, e.g.

  • Objective-C questions with a title like “[foo bar] behaves thusly but I want this instead”
    (Not a common problem, so I can live with this filter.)
  • questions about, say, NP-complete problems having to be written as “NP-complete pro-blem”
    (This filter does no good because people just write “issue” instead, except for the legitimate uses which become unsearchable.)
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