I occasionally go on a link-click binge through the linked-and-related questions sidebar. This past-time has led me to several interesting questions with exemplary answers, and I'm sure I've learned a lot of trivia and several elegant proofs by doing this.
However it would be impossible for me to favorite every one of those questions from which I benefited without making it more difficult for me to find by sifting through my favorites (why is there not a search capability for just my favorites?). Thus to my occasional detriment, I don't. However, every now and again I want to go back to that 'one question' with that 'one answer' I vaguely recall. Sometimes someone asks a new question which is a duplicate of that one I remember. And occasionally I see a new question, and I remember an old one that the new asker will surely benefit from.
So, I go on a search. Then I get annoyed. And then it turns into a hell-hunt. And if I don't find it, I give up exasperated.
The one invariable quality that each of these questions that beat me have is a terrible title. This question is the most recent one that made me play hide-and-seek. There are several questions on this site that ask the same thing, and this is definitely a duplicate; however, it was the answer that I was pursuing. It has been my favorite answer for this particular problem. I've now favorited it, but I know this will happen in the future. So my question is:
Is it appropriate to edit the title of old, dead questions to make them easier to find?
I see a couple of downsides to doing this:
- I bump an old question into the active queue that has been resolutely answered
- I risk disrespecting the original author by questioning their titling abilities
But also I can think of a couple pros:
- It will be easier for people who happened on it by chance to find it later on
- Giving it a more descriptive and fitting title could decrease the probability of having a question repeated (the "Questions that may already have your answer" list seems to work with titles)