Now that the Summer of Love has turned to autumn and winter is approaching rapidly (at least in my part of the world) can we be a bit meaner to the word "please" in question titles...
There are 5,033 questions on Stack Overflow that have please in the title (and were not deleted at the time of the last data.se refresh). Of the 1,548 undeleted questions posted in 2012 so far 253 have been closed and the average score is just 0.16. This average is a little skewed (by 0.022) by a single question with 40 votes and there are just 198 questions with a score greater than 1.
Increasing the scope to include "plz" and "pls" as suggested in the comments doesn't change much, but they'd definitely deserve to be included if it wasn't for the PLS file format, which excludes "pls"
A simple search on please in the title resolves into a number of candidates for the "The Friday Afternoon Off-Topic Question Massacre".
Here are some examples (bad ones because they're juicier):
and some random ones from the middle that either have appalling titles or simply don't need the word please in them (plus some unconstructives):
Please explain the following code?
Please suggest a Java Framework to make the CRUD easy
C#: IEnumerable, GetEnumerator, a simple, simple example please!
Simply put, "please" is unnecessary in a question title; it encourages bad titles and can be an indicator of a bad question. (I'd be interested to know the number of deleted questions that started out with a please. I suspect it'd be quite high.)
I don't really believe that word bans work that well but is there a way of being extra mean to questions that use the word? Maybe:
- Automatic Low Quality review queue (I suspect this happens already)
- Automatic Close Votes queue (maybe a bit harsh but it requires someone to vote for it)
- Ban anyone who approves an edit to a question with the word please in the title without changing it (maybe could be extended!) from reviewing edits for a few days.
Should please be looked upon more favourably than I'm suggesting? If you agree is there actually anything that can be done?
Please note that the title is an actual question title, Server does not execute Page Load event when re-entering URL in browser, and is intentional.