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I have had a number of titles to my questions on SO edited to remove text such as MySQL: with no explanation or notification.

I'm guessing that this is because someone thinks it's redundant since the question also has the same tag.

However, prefixes such as these help the system list relevant questions in both the 'Questions with similar titles' and 'Similar Questions' boxes.

Note that I have seen some questions related to this, but none that give concrete reasons for the current trend of removing tags from titles.

EDIT: Wow, -10, you are a friendly bunch.

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So why can't you write the tag into the title organically without cramming it in as the first word? – random Jun 14 '11 at 16:25
I am unconvinced. I feel like putting "MySQL: " in the title will only help the system find other posts with "MySQL: " in the title, and that if you really have a well-written post/title the system won't have to resort to "title tags." I have no data to back this up, though; do you have data to support your position? – Pops Jun 14 '11 at 16:26
The explanation is "don't put tags in the title, its redundant and pointless." And how do you come by the claim "prefixes such as these help the system list relevant questions"? Which of the dev team for SE tell you this? – Won't Jun 14 '11 at 18:24
My question was REPLACE statement with embedded IF() logic?, how do I "organically" include 'MySQL' in there? – jezmck Jun 16 '11 at 7:54
"REPLACE statement with embedded IF() logic in MySQL". But if you tag it with the mysql tag, you don't have to write it into the question title at all. BTW downvotes on Meta just indicate disagreement with your question's premise; they're not an indictment of the question itself. – Robert Harvey Jun 20 '11 at 17:26

It's a matter of standardization.

Your method doesn't work for the same reason that allowing punctuation in telephone numbers in the text field of a database doesn't work. Some people will use dashes to separate the numbers, others will use periods. Some people will use parentheses, others won't.

In addition, allowing tags at the beginning of question titles allows all sorts of bad tags like:


to creep into the system.

Rather than catering to all of these different ideas, we cater to none, and instead implemented a tagging system that standardizes the categorization process, making it work the same way for everyone.

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+1, tags go with tags. – user7116 Jun 14 '11 at 21:34

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