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the title of the question should be "why is <br> a tag..." but the literal html tag is being put in there. This is at least a bug, at worst arbitrary HTML being inserted into everyone's browser.

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I've noticed this occurring in several StackApps as well... While most of SE is good about treating titles as plain text and encoding as-needed, it appears likely to become a stumbling block for new clients. – Shog9 Aug 15 '10 at 21:18
Just noticed this myself and came to note it :) – Mark Henderson Aug 15 '10 at 21:27
I hope someone doesn't ask : "Why is <script>alert('XSS')</script> so often used to test XSS ?" – HoLyVieR Aug 15 '10 at 23:36
@HoLyVieR they would have to both ask it and have it become popular – cobbal Aug 15 '10 at 23:47
@HoLyVieR I actually considered that, but didn't think it would make it to "Hot questions". – grawity Aug 16 '10 at 10:15
up vote 4 down vote accepted

A fix will be pushed out this evening - thanks for reporting this!

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