Questions tagged [title]

This tag is for issues of what is allowable or desirable in question titles. For questions about window/tab titles of Stack Exchange pages, use the [window-title] tag instead.

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Why people are so bad at creating titles for their questions?

I opened my Stack Overflow "Newest questions" page today, and it really pissed me off this time... What's gone wrong? Where are the question marks? Where are the damned Capital Letters in the ...
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Searching for a question with [ in the title

I had a question which was very difficult to find on google, because the question was in reference to the linux command /usr/bin/[. Google seems to ignore the [ part of my search rendering the answer ...
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What happens if two questions are identical after conversion to alphanumeric-and-hyphens-only?

...Besides one of them getting marked as a duplicate, of course. Questions have URLs based on the text of the title, with non-alphanumerics removed, upper-case letters downcased, and spaces converted ...
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Why does the question title link to itself on the answer page?

It is possible to click on this question title above ↑, which would cause the page to refresh. I'm wondering why the question title is a link to itself and the same page? Why isn't it just written ...
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What with the title-text of the links in comments? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can we have a flair-like tooltip for usernames in comments? I made a comment below, if you hover over the link to my name, you will see a random number. what the crap does ...
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Question-title Inconsistency in Profiles

Closed questions listed in the "Answers" portion of a user-profile don't show [closed] in their titles, but do in the "Questions" portion of a user-profile. Shouldn't the title contain this appendage ...
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The word 'programmatically'

StackOverflow is a website where people ask questions about programming. Obviously every question is about programming, and not cooking. Why do people put the word 'programmatically' in question ...
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Length limit for question titles that have nothing to do with Unicorns (we don't really need that many characters just for the title, do we? Isn't that what the question body is for? Some lower length limit would help here. Seriously.)

See e.g. revision 1 here - 195 characters. I think the limit should be lowered. Points in case: see revision 1 see revision 1 Some data from the last dump - out of 590,635 question titles the ...
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URL in duplicate titles wonkify related links

Very similar to @Gnome's earlier question. The markdown for automagically-inserted duplicate links breaks if the duplicate contains a URL in the title. In this case, markdown splits the URL into its ...
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Backslashes in duplicate titles break inserted links

If a question's title has a backslash, inserted "possible duplicate" links are broken (check revision histories, both have since been fixed). I'm not familiar with all of the markdown parsing, but ...
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Zero-width non-joiner allows unclickable titles

Using only a zero-width non-joiner, and maybe other characters, allows unclickable titles. Now that Joel had to be the grown-up and spoil the fun, here's what the home page looked like:
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Why do I have to put at least x number of characters in the title?

Why do I have to put at least x number of characters in the title?
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How to appropriately suggest title changes?

Recently I answered a question that deals with a very common problem. After reading the question title again I realized that very few people would express the question the same way as the person who ...
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Should we edit “Noob” out of titles?

I understand that the term "Noob" is used in many cases to illustrate the experience of the OP, but isn't the experience-level of the OP irrelevant to the topic of the question? Should we remove these ...
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So, no “funny” titles allowed here? How “useful” should a title be?

This morning I posted a question on some relatively advanced aspects of C++. Its title was: "c ++ is like a femme fatale that burns through lovers but I still want to get to know it - 1." (Later ...
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Title tag on unanswered pages doesn't change even when filered by tag

Just wondering, shouldn't the title of pages such as: https://stackoverflow.com/unanswered/tagged/c# Be something other than simply: Unanswered Questions Surely Unanswered C# Questions Would be ...
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Removing “Stack Overflow” from titles and contents of the FAQs

Examples How Does Stack Overflow Work? (The Official FAQ) How does “Reputation” work on Stack Overflow? What are “Community Wiki” posts on Stack Overflow? Since the FAQ is not specific to Stack ...
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Discourage the word “confusion” in question titles, or encourage the use of “How to”

Recently I've observed a lot of questions using the word "confusion" in the title. There is even a [confusion] tag. There is nothing wrong if a person is confused about the usage of some API/concept/...
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Searching in google with a question's title doesn't make the question appear on the first page

If I search for "Ruby off the rails" site:stackoverflow.com, I don't get Ruby off the rails in the first few pages. However, a separate question about hosting does, and there are links to the question ...
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Are double quotes being replaced in titles? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Smart quotes in parentheses point the wrong way (“example”) [“tst”] {“tst”} I've edited this question to change the “ ” to "", however it ...
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Please consider +'s (plusses) valid characters in the SEO part of the URL

By "SEO part of the URL" I mean: stackoverflow.com/questions/question_id/this-is-the-seo-part The SEO part appears to be constructed where for each character in the question's title: If it's a ...
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Javascript Bug in stackoverflow title for new question?

I'm using: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.6; en-US; rv:1.9.1.7) Gecko/20091221 Firefox/3.5.7 When I click the title element for adding a new question the text What's your programming ...
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Smart quotes in parentheses point the wrong way (“example”) [“tst”] {“tst”}

I noticed that when quote marks are converted to smart quotes in titles, the opening quote points the wrong way if it is preceded by an open parenthesis. See the title to this question. http://img264....
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Putting [SOLVED] in the title of a question [duplicate]

So I asked this question recently, and then figured out what was wrong myself after an hour or so of investigation. Nobody else had put the correct solution down, so being a thoughtful chap I posted ...
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Automatically converted characters for question title don't appear in page title

First seen in a Stack Overflow question, but re-created here for testing purposes. The page title and the header displaying the question title above the question disagree on some character ...
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Make it easier to see the 15 character minimum warning for the title when asking a new question

I'm unable to create a new topic/question on SO. When I click "Post Your Question", it turns grey and just hangs. I've tried using both Firefox and Chrome and I'm not able to post a new question to ...
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printing stack overflow questions cuts off long titles [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Printer-friendly layout truncates long titles on Firefox When I printed out the question What is the best computer hardware for a fast, quiet, non-gaming developer machine?, ...
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Disallow Square Brackets in Question Titles [opened]

When a question is closed, its status is reflected in the title by appending [closed]. However, users tend to occasionally post a questions like this one with square brackets in the title. For one ...
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Is it better for SEO for question titles to actually be questions (grammatically speaking)?

When asking or editing a question, is it better (from SEO or user perspective) for the title of the question to be an actual question? Do we even care? If the preference is for questions, is there ...
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Recent question feed is titled “top questions”

This is a small bug that I just noticed. Low priority. The feed link at the bottom of the sites is a link to the most recent questions, but when you subscribe to that RSS feed, it is being given the ...
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Editing questions with short titles (< 15 char)

The minimum question title length was recently increased from 10 to 15 characters. Some older questions have titles that are considered too short under the new rules. These cannot be edited unless ...
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How do I write a good title?

A good title helps your question get the attention it deserves. What goes into a good title? Return to FAQ index
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Bug with question titles containing $ (dollar sign)

Titles that include $_ appear in the question list improperly. For an example, look at this search, and scroll about halfway down looking for the title "can I get PHP to stop replacing..." The ...
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Please append the reason for closing to the title along with “Closed”

Came to mind when reading this question, but would be useful for more than just moved, off-topic questions (I'd especially like to see duplicate questions flagged as such in the title). Examples: ...
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Display “migrated to meta” instead of “closed” in migrated questions' titles

When an SO question is clearly a candidate for Meta, I have to go read it to see if it was only closed, or migrated to where it belongs. Can't the text say [migrated to meta] instead of [closed] when ...
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The beginning of HTML TItles of the site are the same for same pages

I have 4 Firefox windows open and in the Windows Task Bar, I see 4 Newest Questions - ... Firefox windows. I have to mouse over them to figure out which one is which. I'm thinking SO - Newest Quest......
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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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Should meta use Tags and Title Labels?

It seems a lot of questions on Meta Stack Overflow are being prefaced by "Feature Request:" or "Bug:". Should this title labeling be done, or is a duplication of the tagging system?
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Should non-questions be rewritten as questions?

Close this if it's too far OT, but I keep asking myself in a GOM* kind of way, why so few SO "questions" are actually questions. To take a random sample, only 20 of the 50 latest posts that I can see ...
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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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