If the following conditions are true, can the patterns be automatically be removed from the question title:
- Where the pattern
- The question has actually been tagged with the
<tag>matched in the pattern.
If the tag is hyphenated, then spaces, should be deemed to be hyphens, for instance
ruby on rails: should match
Basically, I'm agreeing with Tomalak's comment on Jeff's answer to the looser feature request.
A while back Jeff approved the removal of the pattern
^\[[^]]+\]\sat the start of titles to remove pseudo-tags; as there "were a ton - around 20-25k"
<tag>:matches 120k questions and the pattern
<tag>-matches 98k questions. These are far higher volumes than prompted Jeff's original change, though obviously there are now more questions.
The FAQ states that:
it is completely unnecessary to force tags into your question title
Can't argue with that!
Back in 2010 Jeff said:
To be clear, I think it is fine to duplicate the tags in the title, but only when they can be worked into the titles organically and conversationally.
Neither of these patterns can be said to qualify on this count. They are obviously just tags prepended to a title.
Because we're insisting on the existence of a hyphen or semi-colon there's no danger of accidentally matching something like Java Synchronization Not Working as Expected. But, the needless "Java:" at the front of Java: Can creating an object “return” a null reference? gets trashed.
The amount of questions that start
python:is really annoying.