When there is a long title, you have to scroll to see it:

I realise there isn't much of a solution, but it really breaks up the view of the page - so could overflow be hidden on these posts?

  • Why don't you just edit the title? Jul 6, 2015 at 18:21
  • @DavidPostill well in the case that made me notice it I don't have editing privs and it looked like that for a reason.
    – Tim
    Jul 6, 2015 at 18:22
  • Hmm. What is the URL? Jul 6, 2015 at 18:23
  • @DavidPostill stackoverflow.com/questions/25776445/…
    – Tim
    Jul 6, 2015 at 18:25
  • Ah, what? You're not nicael, then? Okay. My name it Tim! ;)
    – nicael
    Jul 6, 2015 at 18:29
  • @tim fixed ... ;) Jul 6, 2015 at 18:30
  • Okay, I got it. The titles that contain paths can easily get such a long "words".
    – nicael
    Jul 6, 2015 at 18:31
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    @DavidPostill it comes down to a concept of planned endeavor and fulfillment. Some users just say "I want to go look at a bunch of stuff" and then happily drill into what's there in whatever capacity is needed. Others say "I really want to get that badge that damn site has been teasing me with" and if something is getting in their way, it's worth considering.
    – Tim Post
    Jul 6, 2015 at 18:40

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We should be rejecting these titles with guidance.

It's fine to post the error you received, but the error belongs in your question, after you describe what led to it. A better title for your question is stating what you wish to accomplish.

Gotta run some numbers to grok a good number of characters before a space should probably appear, and look at what would hit it erroneously, but this is something we probably want to reject (or immediately send to triage).

  • That seems sensible. I can't think of a high quality question that would need no spaces in that way... I was surprised that one had +17.
    – Tim
    Jul 6, 2015 at 18:56
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    You could use the char count from the longest English word. Even some sites using long scientific and medical words shouldn't be too long that a space after would stop the scroll bar appearing - e.g. pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is only 45 chars. And people would have to use "Titin" not it's full chemical name :D
    – James
    Jul 6, 2015 at 19:24
  • @James Someone on travel.stackexchange.com might wish to use Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch (58 letters) or Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu (85 letters) Jul 6, 2015 at 20:43
  • @DavidPostill Good point, but I think it's fair if they used "Gogogoch" and "Taumata" :) Interestingly, Google's search results for Wikipedia's page for "Taumata" (when searching full length) is "Untitled".
    – James
    Jul 6, 2015 at 21:01
  • @james The official abbreviations are Llanfairpwll or Llanfair PG - and by the way I've visited both Llanfair PG and Taumata ;) Jul 6, 2015 at 21:06
  • @Tim Did you decide anything here? Are super long words now blocked?
    – Tim
    Nov 18, 2015 at 23:32

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