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Can we get Markdown support in questions' `title` field?

This isn't something we can support. The big reason is that search engines will not render the formatted title in results. Hence: How do I move the turtle in LOGO? .. would look like this in ...
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What kinds of question titles put a site's HNQ presence at risk?

The general rule is, you know it when you see it. Keep in mind that we're talking about question titles being shown (and thus, interpreted, reacted to and even judged) separately from the actual ...
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What kinds of question titles put a site's HNQ presence at risk?

From the way this mess unfolded, we can be pretty sure that there is no defined internal policy by SE on this topic. It was a rather spontaneous decision to remove IPS from the host questions list, ...
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Major accessibility regression: question title headings

We’ve restored the original h3 on the question title. This gives us room for an h1 and h2 somewhere in the page layout. Sorry about the regression!
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Encourage active users to edit Hot Questions, especially titles

An alternative approach would be having Hot Questions go through a review queue for cleanup before joining the Network list. If for some reason the timely publishing is more important than prior ...
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What kinds of question titles put a site's HNQ presence at risk?

I don't think a general (or specific) guideline is possible or desirable. I think there was a major breakdown in processes - and these things should, going forward, be handled in consultation with the ...
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Is it ok to add [UPDATE] to a question's title after a major revision

No, it's not OK. On Stack Exchange, we detect changes by last activity and revisions. For example, it's easy to detect edits in the front page by looking for "modified" label: And clicking the "...
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Are title warnings necessary for high-rep users?

Any message that warns of behaviour shown to be indicative of poor quality questions should be shown to a user regardless of their reputation. Just because someone has a lot of reputation doesn't ...
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Ethics of editing Title, and/or tags

My experience -- mostly from Mathematics and Travel -- is that many askers have very little knowledge about the appropriate tags for their question. They often either put some extremely generic tags, ...
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How to apply special formatting within a question’s title, e.g. to highlight a keyword such as … 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙭?

You can't use formatting in titles. The post you link to uses Unicode for effect, but this should not be used because it breaks a number of tools that people need to navigate the web: Screen readers (...
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Should questions be asked in the body if they are included in the title?

To save rewriting the same concept again, Titles are a reference label, a brief description of the question so it can be found by later searches; they do not form the whole question, or even a ...
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Is Unicode in Hot Network Questions question titles allowed?

It is certainly allowed to use Unicode, when appropriate. We don't discriminate :-) On the other hand your question had a title which, in my opinion, used Unicode as decorations and needed ...
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Forbidden word (help) got into question title

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 ...
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What kinds of question titles put a site's HNQ presence at risk?

My problem is that I don't see what was so terrible about these questions, which makes it hard for me to spot potential similar problems on my sites. You're not the only one. I never realized the ...
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Fix Markdown/SmartyPants in question titles

We have now disabled all Smarty-like modifications text in titles. From now on, the title text saved for the post is the title text that will be displayed. If folks want em-dashes (ALT-0151) and fancy ...
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The title word filter is one of the worst ideas ever implemented on SO

Рroblem? No problem! Class 1: Accents èéêëòóôõöēĕėęěōŏőŕŗř Pŕóblém Class 2: Letters that look alike Ε U+0395 Greek Capital Letter Epsilon Ο U+039F Greek Capital Letter Omicron Ρ U+03A1 Greek ...
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Can I ask different questions with the same title twice on Stack Overflow?

If it's a different question, you should use an (at least slightly) different title. When you go on to ask a question on a Stack Exchange website, the tip above the title field tells you to: (emphasis ...
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L33t Hacking of SE through 404 information leakage

We send a HTTP 404 with those pages, what is shown (title, or the whole thing if you have the rep) is just a convenience for the owner of the post or users that have the privilege to see it. ...
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Why can I not include small pictures (or labels) in a question title?

An image isn't searchable. Words are. You should be considering titling your question in a descriptive way (and avoid asking multiple questions at once!): What is this Android folder icon with a ...
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Why can't I end a question title with a full stop? Sometimes it's appropriate

The University of Sussex, in the UK, has guidelines on how to punctuate titles The title of a complete work is usually centred near the top of the first page; if possible, it should be printed ...
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What should be the default title case for non-technical questions?

Title case is a horror unless you happen to be working for a newspaper, in which case I can forgive it because of all the lead fumes you've inhaled running the Linotype machine. ...what's that? ...
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What kinds of question titles put a site's HNQ presence at risk?

Any titles that an arbitrary Twitter user with more than a certain number of followers gets offended over, apparently.
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Can I ask a question with a second title?

If your new problem is a separate problem, post a brand new question. This keeps the current question clean and allows for simple answers. Modifying the original question with a brand new problem ...
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Arabic diacritic unicode characters break title links

Apparently, the link has a special character that cannot be chosen. What I mean by that is that if you try to highlight or delete this special letter, it will simply not disappear. To me, this means ...
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Arabic diacritic unicode characters break title links

Yup, you found something that is definitely annoying but it's not worth it to fix it. In the words of Jeff: The short answer is "don't do that", and the longer answer is "if you keep doing that, ...
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Is Unicode in Hot Network Questions question titles allowed?

Unicode is allowed, as far as I can tell and in my opinion. However when a question becomes popular enough to appear in the Hot Network Questions list, its title should be descriptive enough to make ...
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Is it ok to add [UPDATE] to a question's title after a major revision

When a question is updated it goes back to the top of the active questions list so anybody looking at that list (which is anybody trying to answer questions on that tag) knows it's been edited. There'...
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Can I ask different questions with the same title twice on Stack Overflow?

No, this is not possible; titles have to be unique. (I guess you could try adding extra whitespace inside to circumvent this restriction, but that's a bad idea.) There's an FAQ page with some good ...
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