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The edit history of this question involves several edits to the title. The title was initially the humorous "Your jewels are much too big!", but has since been changed to Moderator diamond is too large relative to other text on Android.

Are humorous titles allowed, even if they don't accurately describe the problem? We want to see a sense of humor here on Stack Exchange, but we also need to make sure question titles represent the problem to be solved.

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A better example of a humorous title: My keyboard is typing by itself, could there be a ghost in it? – bwDraco May 20 '13 at 4:20
@BoltClock'saUnicorn: Obviously a ironic, tongue-in-cheek case. – bwDraco May 20 '13 at 7:17
See also: Why do people have a little pun with their retag and burninate requests? ("Should we cut corners" remains a favorite pun-title for me, even if it's no longer on the question.) – WBT Feb 22 at 0:21
Humorous titles are okay if they still describe the problem: How the f*&% to stop voice-to-text from censoring profanity? – Al E. Feb 22 at 1:35
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There are two key problems with humorous titles:

  1. They become more difficult to find. Who else in the world is going to be searching for keywords like "jewels" when trying to ask a question about moderator diamonds on a mobile device?

  2. It's hard to tell what the question is about. Not every list on the site always provides a short blurb from it, and a random, vaguely relevant title in a long list certainly isn't going to be very helpful.

Humorous titles are acceptable to an extent, but they should still contain accurate keywords that describe the problem so that other users with the same issue can find it easier (we already have enough problems with people trying to find things on Meta).

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You forgot to mention (3) People are not often as funny as they think. <grin> – Robert Cartaino Jan 22 '14 at 3:39
The "title: subtitle" model can work well here, e.g. Your answer is in another castle: when is an answer not an answer?. The first part alone would be pretty meaningless and unsearchable, but with the second part it works. – Monica Cellio Feb 22 at 17:28

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