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Capitalizing titles

Perhaps a trivial issue, but lately I have noticed several questions on SO where authors use mixed case for their titles. Perhaps there is a better term for it, but I mean something like:

"Inkscape Changing Color of the Whole Object" instead of "Inkscape changing color of the whole object".

This made me wonder, should we edit this? Do we care? Besides academic papers I never use this kind of formatting myself and don't really see the point for SO questions. In fact, I personally don't like it. I know, there are more important matters to worry about, but I was just wondering and found no related questions here on meta.

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    It's Title Case, and we actually had someone a few days ago that was Changing Titles to Title Case, until we told them to stop. – user102937 Nov 22 '11 at 19:48
  • @RobertHarvey Title Case...d'oh. I could have figured that out myself. And there seems to be a duplicate indeed. Thanks for pointing it out and closing. – Bart Nov 22 '11 at 19:56
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At least they are using some capitals.

It's not really a problem, but if you feel inclined, edit it and find something else to improve while you are at it.

As far as what to use when writing your own questions, this answer on English.StackExchange suggests that consistency is most important when no style guide is in place. This answer, in the same question, makes an important distinction between titles (use title case) and headings (use standard case).

Question titles are definitely headings in that sense, and most people are going to use standard case, so standard case is a win for consistency, too.

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  • What about if I'm posting a question? Do I use Title Case or not? – John Nov 22 '11 at 19:51
  • @John - Added to answer. – Nicole Nov 22 '11 at 19:56

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