We now forbid the word problem in titles: everyone has a problem, or they wouldn’t post a question. Should we similarly forbid titles that ask for help with one or another “please help me” formula? After all, isn’t everyone asking for help?
Plus questions with such meaningless titles are often low-scoring and closed:
- please help me; help me please
- please help; help me; help please
- need help; needing help; help needed
- can anyone help; can anybody help
- can someone help; can somebody help
- want help; help wanted
If you take a look at those, they’re pretty abysmal. Plus it doesn’t actually add anything useful to the title. Grace observed in this answer that:
"Please help" is not a very helpful title. It's not going to help people who have the same problem find an answer, and it's not going to help answers figure out your problem. Meaningless titles should be pruned when possible, and in general you can do this for any question in which you can figure out what is actually being asked.
Since these meaningless titles all need editing anyway, wouldn’t it at least save some work if they weren’t allowed to enter such meaningless titles in the first place?