# The Word “Beautiful” in Titles

I've noticed that there are two users (here and here) are including the word "Beautiful" in the title of almost every question they ask. It seems to me that the purpose of including that word in the title is largely to attract more attention to the question (or for perhaps some other motive) and doesn't actually help increase the visibility of the question to other people who might have the same question, nor provide any extra insight into what the problem might actually be.

By my own stylistic standards, I would certainly remove the word from the title, but I feel that doing so would clearly conflict with the author's intention. If this is simply a behavior that I, personally, find annoying, I'd rather defer to the author and keep the titles, but if it is a genuine issue, it would be good to do something about it - and I don't know which of those options it is.

Is this behavior problematic? Should something be done about it?

• It’s harmless, and I find it mildly amusing. (Though I may end up with a hardwired connection between beautiful and the name Jackie!) It may even serve a small useful purpose: those titles aren’t likely to conflict with others. – Brian M. Scott Nov 23 '14 at 18:49
• Other users are picking it up, too: existing titles serve as examples to others. What will they do when "beautiful" becomes too commonplace and stops grabbing attention? After a few iterations, we'll have "An AWESOME inequality that will Rock Your Socks Off!!!". – user147263 Nov 23 '14 at 20:30
• Older related posts: meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/5082/… and meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/2664/… – Martin Sleziak Nov 23 '14 at 23:34
• On the same (amusing) vein, Ugly in titles almost reads like a mathematical term. Beautiful beats ugly by 38 to 12. I also see 3 horribles and 62 elegants. – J. W. Perry Nov 24 '14 at 0:27
• @J.W.Perry I'm shocked nobody used "charming" yet. – user147263 Nov 24 '14 at 0:42
• Interesting: 387 interesting questions, and 376 easy questions. – J. W. Perry Nov 24 '14 at 0:55
• And just two wicked ones. – user147263 Nov 24 '14 at 1:23
• Kind of hypocritical to use it yourself, don't you think? I'm only joking! – Graphth Nov 24 '14 at 4:33
• Hmmm... maybe I should go with supercalifragilisticexpialidocious for maximum attention... – JohnD Nov 24 '14 at 4:43
• This question should be renamed as A beautiful question on "beautiful" title(s). :) – jdoicj Nov 24 '14 at 7:34
• You can always downvote the questions if you consider them less beutiful than their author claims. – Michael Greinecker Nov 24 '14 at 8:42
• We should introduce a new close reason: "question claims beauty... This question is claiming to be beautiful. As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what is beautiful about it. Please add a short explanation about its relative merits." – user1729 Nov 24 '14 at 10:16
• @user1729, haha love it. – goblin Nov 24 '14 at 21:15
• @Rafflesiaarnoldii both of the wicked ones are concerning "wicked" integrals! – Joao Nov 25 '14 at 6:02
• @Raff And, shortly thereafter, "First, I divided by $x+2$. What happens next will shock you!" Woe is the day when we have linkbait titles on SE. :) – apnorton Dec 1 '14 at 21:38

It's useless, and should be replaced with a more descriptive title. Like this.

The Related column of every question heavily relies on the titles, and it does a decent job of picking up LaTeX syntax (unlike the regular search function). If a formula (e.g., an inequality) is used in the title, it increases the chance of truly related questions showing up, as opposed to other questions with "little" or "beautiful" in titles.

• It serves a useful purpose if you feel like downvoting some questions for being poorly manipulative. – gnometorule Nov 23 '14 at 19:44
• Not sure if you are joking, but even I don't downvote questions based on title alone. I'd rather fix the title. – user147263 Nov 23 '14 at 19:46
• I am serious but not facetious (as you are Mr Downvote you might have taken it personally which it wasn't). I'm on the record for disliking certain ways of presentation (terrible grammar, ...) as disrespectful; and drawing attention by false advertising is new, but not ok either. I downvoted some of theirs (I'm not a fan of cleaning up for users though as they should speak in their voice, on which you can comment by voting). – gnometorule Nov 23 '14 at 19:50
• ....probably the only humor is that I have a grammar error in a comment proselytizing about grammar...:) – gnometorule Nov 23 '14 at 19:58
• @gnometorule: Viewing poor grammar as disrespectful makes little sense on a site with so many people for whom English is a second (or later) language. – Brian M. Scott Nov 23 '14 at 19:59
• The user's comment "idk, just that more people see them" does suggest that using beautiful in titles is intentional clickbait. (Never mind the question being a duplicate, which I now voted to close as such.) – user147263 Nov 23 '14 at 20:01
• @Brian: This is getting off-topic, but I obviously agree (I'm no native speaker myself but after 20 years in the US it's hardly fair to judge, say, undergrads in non-English speaking countries). It's not really grammar, and I've written what I mean elsewhere here (probably not as well as I should have). It's the "whats ur opinin guys on dat" type. While you are too chill and gentle to mind, you are an emeritus and among asker's audience. I don't like that, and find it disrespectful. – gnometorule Nov 23 '14 at 20:04
• @gnometorule: Ah, I see. Yes, that is a bit different from the sort of problem that I had in mind! I don’t mind it personally, but I do wonder whether the asker realizes that it puts him or her at a disadvantage. (I’m actually made much more uncomfortable by the sir that I get, e.g., from many Indian students). – Brian M. Scott Nov 23 '14 at 20:10
• @BrianM.Scott I find the "sir" I get mildly amusing. Especially when my students start calling me "sir user1729". – user1729 Nov 24 '14 at 10:12
• The use of the work 'beautiful' in the title is a nod to one of the world's famous aesthetes. – copper.hat Dec 2 '14 at 22:53