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Questions tagged [titles]

Issues of what is allowable or desirable in question titles.

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Should old questions be retitled?

The title for Is there a formula for this? is currently "Is there a formula for this?" Obviously, this doesn't describe the problem at all, except to say that the OP is looking for a formula. It ...
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Must the question be explicitly stated in the body, or can the question be in the title only?

Recently posted was Find the sequence with following property. My problem with this one is that the problem is never stated anywhere except the title. Should it be required that questions must also ...
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“Prove that” vs. “Confirmation of proof” in the title.

So I asked the forward question: "Proof-verification: $R$ is transitive iff $R \circ R ⊆ R$.". There was a small objection toward the title of my question by one of the members: "maybe, since you ...
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Why is there a question with the non-descriptive title *Function “Love Triangle”*?

When asking a question the title text-box has the instruction and there are some guidelines on how to write a good title in the How to ask a good question meta-thread. In my mind Function “Love ...
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Best practices: A given answer resolves question text, but not question title

In this question, the answer answers the question posed in the question text. But the question posed in the question title is actually different, and may also be interesting. What are best practices ...
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\newcommand does and does not work in titles

\newcommand within a question has in my experience failed to work in titles. In this question when I hit "reload", I see the backslash and Th in red; i.e. it doesn't work. But when I click on "edit" ...
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Not having pure Latex as titles

A few times I have been told to not to turn the titles to Latex only as that stops them from being indexed by search engines. I see two problems with that : 1.What seems natural humans behaviour ...
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Constructing a good title for some question categories

This seems quite difficult for me especially that I am interested for questions related to series and integration. Usually you want your question to be easily discovered by search engines but this is ...
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Full question statements in the title

Look at the following question: Let $A$ be bounded below, and $B = \{b \in R : b$ is a lower bound for $A\}$. Show that $\sup B = \inf A$. I edited it to "Supremum of lower bounds equals to infimum"....
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Is it possible to preview the title? [duplicate]

It's helpful to be able to preview the body of a post in case you want some $math$ to show up right. Since math formatting is also commonly seen in titles, is there a way to preview that (without ...
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Why not add the title of the question in the preview while writing it?

Sometimes I don't know if the $\LaTeX$ used in the title of a question I'm writing is correct. Why is not added the title preview of the question when one is writing it to avoid typos? Just like it's ...
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The word “urgent” in a title should trigger a warning

It doesn't currently, and it adds nothing to the question. Most of the time it's "urgent" because homework is due soon. Agree or disagree?
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Downvotes on a specific question - understanding the rationale behind them

I have a question concerning this question of mine: How to prove $f(x)=\ln x$ continuous by proving first that $f(x)$ continuous at $1$, and then by using $\ln(xy)=\ln(x)+\ln(y)$. The question is ...
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How to fix botched title edit?

I edited the title of this question to remove the \displaystyle in the title, but, in the process, I deleted a brace. As a result, it won't compile; but the edit ...
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The math symbols cannot be correctly displayed in titles and comments (in Stack Exchange Android App) [duplicate]

The question is as the title. More specifically, as a frequent mathematics stack exchange user, when I used my cell phone to check the stack exchange app, I feel very disappointed that the math ...
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Should you number questions?

I see a lot of questions with titles like "limit question 4" or whatever. Should you number questions? It seems like a poor way of titling questions.
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Are we running out of “standard” titles?

I ran across this question. As usual it had a very boring title. Namely, "How to solve this system of equations??" Usually I'd edit away the superfluous question mark, but I was quickly informed ...
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The titling of “Proving […] no matter your initial choices”

Recently, this question appeared on the site, which has, at the moment once had the title of "Proving you're always an asshole, no matter your initial choices" - which has essentially no bearing to ...
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Do questions with LaTeX in titles appear in Hot Questions?

I haven't seen any questions in Hot Questions (HQ) with LaTeX in titles. Maybe there aren't many popular questions with LaTeX in titles or maybe I never thought about it when I saw LaTeX in HQ. Or ...
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Latex preview on question title?

Almost every single time I type a question I end up having to go back and edit the title due to no latex preview. Obviously you can write the title in the body first to check it but it's very easy to ...
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Is it okay to edit titles of questions by other users to make them more descriptive?

Is it okay to edit titles of questions by other users to make them more descriptive, less exaggerated or just better (eg. capitalization, grammar, spelling)?
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What should be the title for this problem?

While reading the general solutions of trigonometric equations, I came to this: The equation $\sin\theta = k$ is satisfied by two values of $\theta$ of the form $\alpha$ & $\pi - \alpha$ in ...
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Circumventing displayed equation ban in titles

Using block equations in titles is dissallowed and will be automatically caught. But one can circumvent this ban by using ...
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Users making edits by putting displaystyle or other inappropriate scaling in the title

I have noticed there are a few users who consistently use inappropriate scaling in their post titles and edits they make, and not all of these users are new. I have edited those posts previously, and ...
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Pop up box prompting upper case start of title

I had asked this one the Meta SE before, however due to many titles involving code from SO, it was not taken too lightly. I am going to reform this question and ask it here as it is really mostly ...
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How can I edit a title?

The text of a question had already been edited, but the title needed editing too. I couldn't do this, except via the "improve edit" function. But then my edit was rejected as too insubstantial (even ...
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Should I really edit Titles

I noticed that $\LaTeX$ is not used in title of following question Prove that $1 + 4 + 7 + · · · + 3n − 2 = \frac {n(3n − 1)}{2}$ Before I click edit button, I noticed that it has ...
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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 ...
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Should latex be discouraged in titles

Something I have been wondering about. I have seen people remove latex from question titles, replacing it with a general phrase describing the kind of problem being solved. For example, instead of "...
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Should one rename questions with titles not unique enough?

I have asked several questions here, some of which had already been answered in other questions whose titles were not explicit enough for me to find them through the questions search/suggestions. ...
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Using block (displayed) equations in question titles

I tried to submit a question to math.SE, and received the following message: Why are block equations not allowed in question titles on Mathematics Stack Exchange? (To be honest, I don't even think I ...
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double Latex tags (Open and Close) multiple times in title Broke Math.stackExchange.com sorry!

Sorry, I made the title in one of my questions contain $$ $$ $$ $$ $$ $$ $$ $$ and it broke the page here: Possible new definition of Gamma (Euler-Mascheroni ...
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Should the site have an automatic word filter for titles?

Math.SE has a problem with titles. The percentage of questions with the redundant word question in the title is highest on Stack Exchange, by far. Plenty of titles consist of other mostly useless ...
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LaTeX and capitalization in titles

This is probably a duplicate... Question 1 I'm often asked to review edits made by users with even less reputation than I. Many of these edits texify titles. But on this page it's written Ensure ...
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Consider giving better titles to the questions you answered… especially right after you answer them

This is a proposal inspired by the overwhelming number of questions with uninformative titles on the site. Such titles tend to contain words like question, anyone, help, doubt, easy, exercise, ...
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Renaming old questions

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 ...
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Can not formulate title for the question [closed]

INTRODUCTION: I am a programmer who saw this site "from" StackOverflow in hope to ask here for help with a specific problem. Things developed reasonably well, but the answer I got did not entirely ...
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Main site question title box

It was pointed out to me in this comment that the question's title boxes in the main site display the message: "What's your math question? Be specific." I think it is consensual in the community that ...
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Preview for titles for sites with MathJax

It would be helpful if the title could be included in the preview, since there is no way of knowing if the MathJax you have entered into your title is valid/does what you want until you actually post ...
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Question title missing

So this came up on the main page The second question has no title apparently. Clicking on "Awesome"'s username takes me to the user page, where I see the same thing. Is this a bug? Also apparently ...
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Excessively long question titles

I have been using math.se for about a month and have noticed that often in comments on a question, people say things like "please don't put the entire question in the title". Makes sense - such ...
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Attractive Titling

I know that I atleast have used witty or provocative (though not intentionally misleading) titles to catch the interest of community members here to help my question, and for my own enjoyment. I would ...
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How to phrase title

There are some headings which lack preciseness such as: Exercise 1.17 from Introduction to Lie ALgebra and Representation Theory by Erdmann and Wilson and Just and Weese II exercise 13.20. When one is ...
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To the editors: strip “Proof”, “Help”, “Question”, “Problem”, etc. from titles on-the-fly

The title says it all. I'm aware that there have been many related threads in the past. But a new thread on more or less the same topic every once in a while doesn't seem so bad to me. Specifically, ...
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Can we have the suggested questions' titles parsed by default?

The suggested questions' titles here are not parsed: I find this a bit odd, because they are indeed parsed in other scenarios, like this: Why aren't the titles parsed when suggesting questions? I ...
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Using MathJax/TeX in the titles of questions - yes or no?

It have been discussed recently (see, for example, the comments starting here) whether Mathjax (TeX) formulas should be used in the titles at all. The reasons given for not using them were, for ...
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More Precise Question Titles and Tags

One of my aims in editing is detailing titles to help users pinpoint the germane post. Are there any stopgaps for muzzy titles? For example, a search for "help" yields $> 38,000$ questions which ...
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On question titles

Today I saw an $odd$ $looking$ italicised word in a question title. It turned out that the OP was using double dollars as opposed to the usual stars. So I edited their title. In doing so I discovered ...
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Title formatting of LaTeX in StackExchange hot questions list

There is the StackExchange menu at the top left on every site in our network. It opens a popup box with Hot Questions, All Sites,...
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How to open a some questions in a new tab?

From a list of questions one could right-click and choose "open in new tab" in Chrome/Mozilla. But when the title of the equation is an equation, and only an equation, only a MathJax popup shows up. ...