Inspired by: Better titles for questions? Some tips on grammatical editing to make the site look better.

His followup: Would the Stack Exchange network be better if titles contained complete, grammatical questions?

The What:

Can we change the label of the first text field on the Ask Question page from "Title" to "Question" and start referring to the second text field as "Detail"?

I don't mind if we continue to not have the detail box labelled detail, but can we at least call it the "detail box" in questions, comments and discussions?

To use this post as an example, what you're reading right now is the detail, and "Change the Ask Question page's field labels to 'Question' and 'Detail'" is the question.

The Payoff:

We want people to ask good questions in the title/question field.

Here's the impetus for this request (two randomly chosen questions to indicate a sort of "what's being asked here"):

And some prior art discussion on Meta:

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    I disagree that "summary" is (currently/should be) accurate. We don't want the summary. We want the details. Even though there isn't a label, it is currently referred to as the "body" of the question. Commented Jul 21, 2011 at 2:31
  • Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/82064/…
    – Shog9
    Commented Jul 21, 2011 at 2:39
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    I don't really understand this, or why you're proposing it. The title field seems correctly labeled to me: it is the title of your question. And as Rebecca commented, we don't want a summary of the question, we want the actual question, including all of the details. (Edit: I see you've just changed the suggested term to "Detail", but I don't think that's quite right either. We do want the body of questions to be self-contained. It should be the summary and the details. Do you really see this as confusing the way it is? It seems quite natural to me...) Commented Jul 21, 2011 at 2:47
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    I was expecting this to be about renaming the Title field to Summary, which seemed like a reasonable idea. It better describes what the title should be and maybe it would nudge a few people in the right direction.
    – Brad Mace
    Commented Jul 21, 2011 at 2:48
  • Yeah, I'm not that great at making compelling FRs on a regular basis. The gist of it goes like this: People post craptacular question titles. We want to make those better.
    – jcolebrand
    Commented Jul 21, 2011 at 2:52

1 Answer 1


So you want to name the body of a post as "summary"? To me, "summary" implies something that is "summed up" or simplified. The part where we add in more detail is the exact opposite of a summary.

  • Fair and valid point. So we should call it "detail"?
    – jcolebrand
    Commented Jul 21, 2011 at 2:35
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    How about "exposition" ;) Commented Jul 21, 2011 at 2:36
  • I like that, I don't think that everyone would get it tho ;)
    – jcolebrand
    Commented Jul 21, 2011 at 2:37
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    Had to look up what "exposition" meant. Commented Jul 21, 2011 at 4:58

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