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Should question titles begin with “How to”? [duplicate]

I wonder whether questions should start with How to or not. For example below is the name of my last recent question. It starts with How to which is more easy to read in my opinion. How to find ...
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How can I use stackoverflow more effectively? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: HOWTO: Writing Good Titles Is SO/SF/SU search not good or am I using it wrong? When I search for some solutions to my problems, I search in the StackOverflow search box ...
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What are the criteria for an acceptable question title? [duplicate]

I am trying to post a question, but the title of the question is apparently not of an acceptable quality, resulting in an error. What are the criteria for an acceptable question title?
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Preferred title format: gerund or “how to”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I write a good title? What format for question titles is preferred, if any, of these two? How to do something with something Doing something with something These ...
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Title being rejected on StackOverflow [duplicate]

I'm trying to post a question/answer on StackOverflow and it won't accept any title I give it, saying "This title doesn't meet our quality standards". I've tried every possible wording that makes any ...
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Title for questions - delete tag name if included? [duplicate]

Is there any recommended way to title or change the title of questions? If the title mentions tags, should we delete them? In particular, I just found a question title "BASH - Howto run function when ...
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Title post on Stack Overflow [duplicate]

Sometimes, I just don't know what the title should be for a given question/problem on Stack Overflow, though I can detail the question/problem... What should I do in such case as I really don't ...
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Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

In case you missed the first one, check out the se-quality-project tag. The quality project isn't one that we plan to ever finish, it's perennial and kicks in every 18 months or so after we've had ...
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Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange

This is an unofficial list/changelog of new features and various changes to Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange network. It is maintained by the community, while a Stack Exchange employee changes ...
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Should questions include “tags” in their titles?

I've seen questions edited to remove the language name from the title. Won't search engines - and folks using search engines - have an easier time finding them if these "tags" are kept as part of the ...
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Should question titles be phrased as questions? (A straw poll)

Should the titles of Stack Overflow questions be phrased as questions? For example, if I would like to learn good ways to "foo" a "bar", which is a better question title: How do I foo a bar? Fooing ...
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Would the Stack Exchange network be better if titles contained complete, grammatical questions?

We have had quite a few discussions here in the past of whether titles should be phrased as complete questions. For example: Should question titles be phrased as questions? (A straw poll) What's in a ...
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How can I get answers fast?

How do I ask a question so that it can get a quick response? I see some of the questions are very old and still not answered, but some others get a very quick response. Return to FAQ index
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How can I get the 2012 April Fool's joke to appear?

Honest question, I can't seem to get the April Fool's Joke to appear. Is there some condition it requires? Is it only on some sites? I've heard you just open a tab with an SE site/post in it and ...
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Change “What's your Programming question, Be Specific” to “What would someone search for if they had your issue?”

I've seen a lot of issues recently where users put in a half-baked title, like: What is the difference between these two lines of code? (About 1 Million Results) Since I believe in organic titles, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When should we remove pseudo-tags from a title? [duplicate]

Very often you see different forms of "pseudo-tagging" in titles. For example: c# - how to sniff packets in an app without relying on WinPCap? JS / Jquery: Unable to access the properties of an ...
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Do not order tags on questions based popularity and keep them in order specified by asker/editor

It seems that tags added to questions are reordered by popularity, most popular is the leftmost and least popular tag is the rightmost. It seems that this behavior has been recently changed. I ...
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Should SO host howto-style writeups after all?

There's a lot of questions every day on SO that would be best answered with a link to a good tutorial: How to debug Ajax requests How to write a database query in PHP that isn't a crime against ...
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Should questions contain general categories in the title?

Way back in 2009, the question was posed: Should language-specific questions contain the language name in the title? I want to ask this again, but in a broader context. On Boardgames, some users ...
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FAQ for Stack Exchange sites

Community FAQ For sites in the Stack Exchange 2.0 network To see a list of commonly used words and phrases, see the glossary. For official guidance from Stack Exchange, visit the Help Center. ...
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Is the quality of question titles suffering due to over zealous reject point hunters?

I've recently improved the title of a question which suffered obvious capitalization issues and improved the grammar in the process: File read in angularjs -> How to read a file in AngularJS? The ...
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What's in a Title (line)?

We get some really bad subject lines on SO, and also in some of the other forums I use. Examples: Connection Databinding Consuming web service Weird WebService behavior Soap header WCF help Now, ...
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What conventions should apply to tag wiki excerpts?

On Law we have a bunch of tags to clarify the jurisdiction that applies to a question. Here are two proposed tag-excerpt changes I just saw in the queue. I think there is a convention on Stack ...
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“This title is too short to be useful”

I was about to ask a question entitled "Speeding up R for and while loops", and noticed while hesitating that "Speeding up R" is apparently "too short to be useful". So I thought I'd try "Speeding up ...
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How can I write better questions? / Get more answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to review? Can we agree on a review 'policy'? Agreed Duplicate Can we agree on a review 'policy'? This is a proposed reference question / help page / ...
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Correct spelling mistakes in titles [duplicate]

Should I take the effort to correct spelling mistakes in titles? I get a +2 from correcting, but this is a never-ending-task. Is this useful or should I spend my energy in something else?
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Improve “The Title Filter” responses

I have been thinking about the problem with using "problem" in question titles, which spawned these threads: The Efficacy Of Stack Overflow's Question Title Filter Moderators should be immune to ...
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Is editing out tags in titles too minor when there is nothing else wrong with the post?

Yesterday, a 2k'er added tag to the title of this post. I, knowing that there should not be any tags in the title, put the tag at the end of the title to "work it in organically". Since I do not have ...
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Should we approve suggested tags in title removals or mark them as too minor?

Apparently at least one user has found it easy to look for tags in titles and remove them to help them grind our their +1000 from suggested edits. Often neither the original nor the edited version ...
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Duplicate Titles needing improvement and/or closed as duplicate

So in attempting to answer: Warn about identical question titles I wondered how often this happens. OH MY WORD!! Here's a data query which returns 10881 question pairs with duplicate titles. ...
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Help develop the site and community knowledge base in your language

I think everyone agrees that it is great to have a lot of technology Q&A. In this way, anyone can quickly understand how to use a technology. The Stack Exchange engine is a quite complicated tool ...
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How can I determine if a question is valid and good?

How can I determine if the question I'm about to ask is a good and valid one? Are there guidelines I need to follow or a checklist I can go through? Also what's the best way to make sure that I'm not ...
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Arduino programming questions OK on Stack Overflow?

I just had two Arduino questions migrated from SO to Electronics. It surprised me, as these are both pretty pure software questions related to using the Arduino library, meeting at least 3 of the 4 ...
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Can we do something about people adding C# in their titles? [duplicate]

Commonly, you see questions that state the problem (in very bad, lowercase Engrish) followed (or proceeded) by (lowercase) "c#". Can we do something about this? Maybe ban C# from titles? c# is ...
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Should I use suggested edits to add tags, or is that too minor a change? [duplicate]

I recently suggested an edit to a question that did nothing but add a single highly relevant tag: It scraped through with 3 accepts and 2 rejects. Two reviewers voted to reject on the basis that: ...

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