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Should we stop adding the most popular tag to the HTML title on every SE site?

I do not think tags should be included in page titles. Currently, page titles are in the form tag - Question Title. I think the tags should be omitted because it can make it difficult to tell which question is which if you have more than one question with the same tag open at once.

Tabs in Google Chrome with tags in Stack Overflow page titles

In this image, I have the Newest Questions page on the left, and four questions tagged on the right. Can you tell which questions are open? I certainly can't; all I see is C++ and part of the first letter. This is even worse with long tags.

Tabs in Google Chrome with tags in Math.SE page titles

Tags are good for organizing questions, but they do not make good page titles.

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marked as duplicate by Al E., Toon Krijthe, Bo Persson, Martijn Pieters, Rory Dec 26 '12 at 23:13

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Page titles figure heavily into search rankings. –  Bill the Lizard Dec 26 '12 at 20:07
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@BilltheLizard Could they be put at the end of the title instead? –  ctype.h Dec 26 '12 at 20:08
    
That is a good suggestion. In my opinion, tags should be moved to the end. –  iDev Dec 26 '12 at 20:12
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No, putting important keywords closer to the beginning of a title helps SEO. webmasters.stackexchange.com/q/6556/3922 –  Bill the Lizard Dec 26 '12 at 20:13
    
They're also a direct response to sites "stealing" SO content without attribution. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/71922/… –  Al E. Dec 26 '12 at 20:35

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As I mentioned in the comments, tags are added to the beginning of the page title for good reason. Putting important keywords closer to the beginning of an HTML title helps SEO. See the discussion on the Webmasters question Does the order of keywords matter in a page title?

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How do we decide which tag to put in the title? It is often one of the least relevant tags that is added. –  ctype.h Dec 26 '12 at 20:27
    
@ctype.h It's always the most popular tag, unless that's already worked into the title. –  Bill the Lizard Dec 26 '12 at 20:34
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Is it possible to have them not displayed locally via a user preference ? –  Mr_and_Mrs_D Jul 18 '13 at 14:03
    
@Mr_and_Mrs_D No, but it's always "tag - title" so you could probably write a userscript to strip it out. See How to make Stack Exchange behave exactly how you want it to. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 18 '13 at 14:06
    
Thanks ! I would maybe start a discussion for such a pref - I would personally need it –  Mr_and_Mrs_D Jul 18 '13 at 14:08

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