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Titles should be stand-alone summaries of questions *without* depending on tags

Titles should be completely independent of tags. A good title tells an expert whether they want to read the full question all by itself. I know this has come up multiple times before, before, but in ...
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5answers
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Can we prevent titles with an unnecessary tag in them?

So we have lots of questions that are titled like this: c++ : Failing the template function lookup Specifically, questions that have one of their tags in front of their title. Thankfully, these ...
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1answer
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What can I do when getting “This question body does not meet our quality standards”?

While trying to ask a question, I got the error message This question body does not meet our quality standards. Please make sure that it completely describes your problem - including what you have ...
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7answers
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Style guide for questions and answers

Recently I saw a question title of "combine 2 resultset". I think the community deserves nicely written and formatted content. I guess this would require just ten more seconds from all of us. ...
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7answers
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I've found a particular set of “question”s with bad titles; how should I proceed?

I saw a question on the front page of Stack Overflow that had a title that intrigued me. If you search for a keyword: question you will find a set of what I would consider poorly titled. You see, ...
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5answers
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Warn users before posting if they have a tag at the start of their title

Users, who most likely come from web forums, who are not familiar with StackOverflow's tagging system, will often include tags in their title, which: as there is a tagging system, it's a little ...
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4answers
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2answers
542 views

Capitalizing titles

This is a really trivial question, but I've seen different conventions and some edits regarding which is correct, so I'm curious: Should question titles be title-cased or sentence-cased?
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4answers
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Why is the first tag sometimes in the <title> tag of some questions?

I searched through both Gaming's Meta and here, and couldn't find an answer to this. I was reviewing my questions on gaming.stackexchange.com this morning and I noticed that in certain questions like ...
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2answers
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Can we add a “No Thanks” part to the FAQ?

SO's getting a bit silly now. Almost every hour I'm editing tags and thanks out of titles. If we're not going to have automatic warnings to users during question composition, can we at least add to ...
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4answers
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Is “made title a question” a valid reason for submitting an edit?

I'm kind of curious; if I see a question with a title like this: How to x y and z Is making the title a question a valid reason for editing it?
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4answers
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Saying anyone can ask a question is deceptive when you close their questions [closed]

I spent a frustrating hour trying to phrase a question that would meet the guidelines and not trigger any "title police", but was told "help" is not an acceptable word to include in the title. I may ...
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[Titles] Should the most relevant tag be included in the title? [duplicate]

Suppose I have a fairly generic question (like about the use of global variables or something like that) but I'm looking for an answer related to PHP, should I include that requirement in the title? I ...
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2answers
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How to respond to a disgruntled user?

I'm unclear as to how I should respond to a critic who commented on two, old, questions: Streaming NSXMLParser with NSInputStream Customize UINavigationBar font He added the words "how to" to the ...
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4answers
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How can we get more people to make their title a question?

Seems strange (and not in a good way) to me that when I click "Questions" and very few (about 1 in 8) of the titles end in question marks. So I'm curious to get some opinions: Is there some simple ...

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