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I changed the title of this popular question from:

Is this an g++ optimization bug?

to:

Different floating point result with optimization enabled - compiler bug?

but I am having second thoughts. It is considered good practice to edit a title to better reflect the question, with the goal of producing better search results for those who have the same problem. However, I wonder if the popularity of a question is evidence that its title is working well. Should one be reluctant to change the title of a popular question?

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    Personally, I think it is a better title that will help people find it through search. Its popularity may be in part that it is part of the c++-faq. – user213963 Jan 18 '14 at 17:19
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    I also think that's a better title. Though, in terms of popularity, it only has 3k views. Not sure if that is very popular for a 2+ year old question. – Josh Crozier Jan 18 '14 at 17:20
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    @JoshC, good point. My idea of "popular" has apparently been biased by my working in a bit of a niche environment--Ruby questions. A Ruby question with a score of 80 would be quite popular, relative to other Ruby questions. – Wayne Conrad Jan 18 '14 at 17:30

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