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Using the word “problem” in titles
Let users with sufficient reputation use “problem” in titles

I found this question: How do I resolve the "Crypt Kicker" exercise proposed in "Programming Challenges (The Programming Contest Training Manual)"?

And as you can see, the word "Challenges" is misspelled.

I tried editing the title, but it doesn't allow me, telling me that: "please do not use these words in titles: 'Problem'"

The problem with this is that the term "Problem" is really a part of the question: "Crypt Kicker Problem" (Programming Challenges)

How to overcome this?

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    Please oh please Jeff, let us use "Problem" in question titles at least with some minimum amount of reputation.
    – Pekka
    Oct 17, 2011 at 8:59
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    What do you know - "Crypt Kicker Pröblem" would work. Maybe we need to use that as a workaround? Or some Unicode o - but that destroys searchability
    – Pekka
    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:01
  • My related feature request: Let users with sufficient reputation use “problem” in titles
    – slhck
    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:12
  • Also, my favorite workaround: Use the Greek capital Rho: Ρ – it breaks searches, but at least you get a decent readable title. That's what happens when they include "features" like this.
    – slhck
    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:14
  • "Crypt Kicker Challenge" would work and get the point across, but I'll offer that as an aside, as I don't think it's an argument for having the filter in place.
    – jonsca
    Oct 17, 2011 at 9:17
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    If it's not allowed, how did it get there in the first place? I call bug.
    – donroby
    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:17
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    @donroby The filter has been applied just recently. This means that questions with "problem" in the title can exist, but new ones can not be added.
    – slhck
    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:18
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    Why the downvote? what's the problem? :)
    – jackJoe
    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:43
  • I downvoted because you didn't say you were removing "(programming challenges)", thus making your effort to edit the title pointless.
    – user1228
    Oct 17, 2011 at 13:01
  • @Won'tಠ_ಠ I didn't say because I wasn't. Where have you read that? I just wanted to correct "Challeneges" that's all.
    – jackJoe
    Oct 17, 2011 at 14:18
  • @jackJoe: My (joke-y) point was that the whole (programming challenges) meta tag should have been removed from the title. Yes, its outside the scope of your question, but tags that aren't organic to the title should be purged with as much violence and hatred as possible. They should be cored out with a red hot poker, and doused in vinegar afterwards.
    – user1228
    Oct 17, 2011 at 15:41
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    I just ran into this problem with this question: stackoverflow.com/questions/7922815/… Unfortunately, the filter even prevents it in the middle/end of a class name: Microsoft.FxCop.Sdk.Problem
    – slolife
    Oct 27, 2011 at 21:55
  • See also Using the word "problem" in titles
    – Pops
    Dec 30, 2011 at 17:45
  • The same thing happens with the word "question" in titles. >:(
    – Jason S
    Apr 2, 2012 at 16:49
  • Bump for this question. Trying to edit and correct spelling of "problemm"
    – Sam DeHaan
    Apr 27, 2012 at 20:06

2 Answers 2


I got this same problem problem just now when attempting to fix the typo in "Josephus-problm" using list in python. Or perhaps this isn't a typo but a workaround.

This issue seems to have been discussed many times (e.g. Why can't we use the word "problem" in titles?), and the majority (including SO staff) seem to believe that the word filter (at least for problem) should be deactivated. I wonder why it isn't done.

  • I know, but in this case (this question) the problem is that the term "problem" is already present, and if I try to edit anything else it won'l let me until I change the term "problem" from the title, that's a loop.
    – jackJoe
    Sep 16, 2012 at 9:53
  • @jackJoe You are right my problem isn't actually the same as yours. Still, the whole word filtering isn't a good idea. I just wanted to add another case.
    – jogojapan
    Sep 16, 2012 at 10:00

Where the word "Problem" already exists in a question title, we should be able to retain it when editing other parts of the question.

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    This won't help when someone wants to ask a brand-new question about the Travelling Salesman Problem.
    – Pops
    Dec 30, 2011 at 17:44
  • what about TSP or just Pro-blem? is the parser smart enough to ignore hyphens?
    – prusswan
    Dec 30, 2011 at 17:47
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    @prusswan That's not the point. We shouldn't have to work around the pr0blem. Dec 30, 2011 at 17:48
  • @PopularDemand. Yes, getting rid of the filter altogether would be even better, but that appears to be a lost cause.
    – TRiG
    Dec 30, 2011 at 17:50
  • I like pr0blem actually, if only SO isn't such a serious place
    – prusswan
    Dec 30, 2011 at 17:55
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    "Such a serious place," really? I don't think very many people are Googling for "The Halting Pr0blem" every day, @prusswan. (Okay, writing that made me curious. The first two results for "Halting Pr0blem" are MSO posts about this very issue. They're followed by... a rap battle transcript and a low-quality OCR?)
    – Pops
    Dec 30, 2011 at 17:57
  • I interpreted that as a 'leet' joke, looks like I was mistaken. Seriously though I would expect the search engine to be robust enough to handle one-character-off typos, making this less of an issue
    – prusswan
    Dec 30, 2011 at 17:59

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