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Issues of what is allowable or desirable in question titles.

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Broken MathJax formatting on activity page

Here is a screenshot from my activity page: running Google Chrome Version 99.0.4844.51 (Official Build) (64-bit) However the browser or the version doesn't seem to matter, tested same thing on ...
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How do I write a better title and improve my post?

I am unable to write a proper title for my question. It is too long and I'm unable to define “non-piecewise” in my title: Is there a non-piecewise average extending the average from Hausdorff Measure/...
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Can I ask for help to name my thesis?

I am finishing my undergraduate thesis, now my advisor has asked me to think of a name, but since in my work I use a mathematical tool to deal with two somewhat distant elements, I cannot think of a ...
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Multiline MathJax on title

With the recent update, MathJax on some titles on the homepage span several lines like this: or this: This makes things a bit tricky to read. Does this happen to anyone else?
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How fundamental is the choice of title in a question on Math.SE?

When I'm trying to write a question I certainly make a lot of effort to be as clear as possible. Certainly the hurry does not provide good advice and, several times in my specific case, I spend little ...
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Some titles containing MathJax are shown incorrectly in review queues

I have noticed, several times already, that some titles containing MathJax are rendered incorrectly in review queues, i.e. across multiple rows. I can't remember for sure, but I expect this to also ...
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Adding MathJax to the title of posts being edited - bad habit?

Recently, I've found out that questions with $ \TeX $ markup in their title are excluded from the Hot Network Questions. This made me think about my editing habits. One of my favorite topics is ...
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Would someone looking for this question know what a "codomain" is?

Looking at this question should the word "codomain" be changed to "range" in the title to make this post more easily find-able by those with same question? I.e. do kids these days ...
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Serif font is applied inconsistently for titles

Here on Math.SE, I see that we use serif fonts for titles, as evidenced by the main page of questions. Nonspecific screenshot: But titles appear in other places; in at least two of those, they are ...
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Possibility of multiple questions with same title

Let us say I want to ask a question on probability. Take a look at the following image: There are dozens and dozens of such posts with almost same titles. I have seen this post. In fact, one of the ...
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Enforce better titles or is it OP's choice? [duplicate]

I had recently made an edit on the title of this question, so that it is applicable to a more general audience and a person clicking it would know what they are getting into. In a little while, the OP ...
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Mobile phone Latex/MathJax not showing in..

Is there a way to see full symbols in Titles and Comments using equations and expressions? Thanks.
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When a very short subject line is too long

Showing $\frac{|\overrightarrow{A_1B}|}{|\overrightarrow{A_1C}|}\frac{|\overrightarrow{B_1C}|}{|\overrightarrow{B_1A}|}\frac{|\overrightarrow{C_1A}|}{|\overrightarrow{C_1B}|}=1$ implies $AA_1$, $BB_1$,...
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Enforce accurate titles more strictly

The questions I view here have repetitive or inaccurate titles. I think this site as whole would be more useful if people paid more attention to titles. and, I think that can happen if we are more ...
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For titles on questions, which of these is better: Author of the book- Chapter number- Exercise number-, the exercise explicitly or Both?

Regarding the titles on questions, Is better The author of the book, the chapter number and the exercise number. The exercise as explicit or informative as possible (not always possible tho :( )....
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Request for input: What makes a good title?

In the last couple of weeks we have been polling for opinion about a possible list of words (or phrases) that will filter questions out of the HNQ list. (See this which evolved into a poll and a ...
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Suggested edits : changes in titles

When reviewing suggested Edit, there is a side by side view before/after of the post. Could it possible to have the same feature for changes in the titles? It can be quite difficult to validate an ...
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Misspelled titles to avoid duplicate titles

I've encountered a number of times when a question has a misspelled title (here's the most recent one; as you can see in the edit history, it originally said "Isomorophism between modules"). Turns ...
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Should titles be included in begingroup..endgroup (similarly as posts and comments)?

Not too long ago, a Stack Exchange software was changed in such way that macros defined in a post are valid only inside that post (similarly for comments). It was announced in an answer on this meta: ...
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Edit of headline caused URL to break?

After posting this question I sent the corresponding URL via email to somebody. In the meantime a user has edited the headline of my question which rendered my old link invalid. I used the URL in my ...
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MathJax on simple numbers, the HNQ and a game of 21

In question titles, should "simple numbers" – those numbers that stand on their own and which do not require any $\TeX$ symbols to express cleanly – be put into MathJax anyway? Examples ...
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Obvious wrong formulation of a question in the title, not edited by Asker. What to do?

Update: 2 Reflection see at end Update: 1 I have just edited the title of the question and created a new question where I have added my given answer. This question asks in the title for $\qquad \...
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What a good title should be?

In guidance How to ask a good question. it states: Make your title your question Use your title to convey as much information about your question as possible. Since the tags already convey the ...
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A possible bug regarding MathJax, previews, and the arctangent/tangent functions?

For context, I was making a tweak to GReyes' answer on this question, just cleaning up some formatting with the trigonometric functions. Specifically, I was turning ...
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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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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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