I just tried to edit this question: Excel If statement help.  I didn’t try to edit the title.  When I tried to save my edit, I got an error message box:

These words are not allowed in titles: 'help'.. See Writing Good Titles.

attempt to edit

The word “help” had been added to the title by an edit by somebody else a few minutes before.  If this word is forbidden, why was that other user able to add it in?

P.S. The user who inserted the blacklisted word has a little over 1200 rep on Super User, and I have a little over 12,000.


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Looks like the check for "help" was a bit naive - this specific instance was entered with some white space after it, which the system allowed.

I have added checks for this issue - and it will no longer be possible to add help followed by any white space.

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    Well, I don’t see it when I edit the question and click in the title bar, but I’ll take your word for it. Thanks for your prompt response. Commented Mar 16, 2017 at 18:43
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    The system strips out the whitespace if it gets through, @Scott (also strips out repetitions question marks, exclamation points...) So if the check fails to catch it, the system automatically corrects it to a title that would have failed the check. Yeah...
    – Shog9
    Commented Mar 16, 2017 at 19:17

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