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Yeah, that's crap. I've made a small edit to side-step the problem (on this and the one other question with the same issue), but obviously it's something that we'll need to be watchful for. Fortunately, it's not common to end a title in this way.

As for the reason behind it, and whether the benefits outweigh the costs... Here's some data. This site has only 15 questions (as of the last data-dump) that end with ??, ?!, or !? - two of which were serving a useful purpose, and the rest being the usual "I'm incredulous?!" or "extra questiony question???" nonsense.

You could easily clean these up manually...

On the larger sites, or sites that aren't good about cleaning up titles, this can grow into a problem over time, leaving the site looking quite messy.

Edit: I'd missed that this script was also cleaning up titles that end with a space and then a question mark. That adds another 250+ questions to the list - probably a bit more work to get through by hand. There were also 80 or so questions ending in ellipses / repeating periods that would have been modified.

Math.SE may not be among the worst offenders as far as superfluous ending punctuation goes, but looks like it did get some benefit from the script in exchange for a few false positives.

Yeah, that's crap. I've made a small edit to side-step the problem (on this and the one other question with the same issue), but obviously it's something that we'll need to be watchful for. Fortunately, it's not common to end a title in this way.

As for the reason behind it, and whether the benefits outweigh the costs... Here's some data. This site has only 15 questions (as of the last data-dump) that end with ??, ?!, or !? - two of which were serving a useful purpose, and the rest being the usual "I'm incredulous?!" or "extra questiony question???" nonsense.

You could easily clean these up manually...

On the larger sites, or sites that aren't good about cleaning up titles, this can grow into a problem over time, leaving the site looking quite messy.

Yeah, that's crap. I've made a small edit to side-step the problem (on this and the one other question with the same issue), but obviously it's something that we'll need to be watchful for. Fortunately, it's not common to end a title in this way.

As for the reason behind it, and whether the benefits outweigh the costs... Here's some data. This site has only 15 questions (as of the last data-dump) that end with ??, ?!, or !? - two of which were serving a useful purpose, and the rest being the usual "I'm incredulous?!" or "extra questiony question???" nonsense.

You could easily clean these up manually...

On the larger sites, or sites that aren't good about cleaning up titles, this can grow into a problem over time, leaving the site looking quite messy.

Edit: I'd missed that this script was also cleaning up titles that end with a space and then a question mark. That adds another 250+ questions to the list - probably a bit more work to get through by hand. There were also 80 or so questions ending in ellipses / repeating periods that would have been modified.

Math.SE may not be among the worst offenders as far as superfluous ending punctuation goes, but looks like it did get some benefit from the script in exchange for a few false positives.

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Yeah, that's crap. I've made a small edit to side-step the problem (on this and the one other question with the same issue), but obviously it's something that we'll need to be watchful for. Fortunately, it's not common to end a title in this way.

As for the reason behind it, and whether the benefits outweigh the costs... Here's some data. This site has only 15 questions (as of the last data-dump) that end with ??, ?!, or !? - two of which were serving a useful purpose, and the rest being the usual "I'm incredulous?!" or "extra questiony question???" nonsense.

You could easily clean these up manually...

On the larger sites, or sites that aren't good about cleaning up titles, this can grow into a problem over time, leaving the site looking quite messy.