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Issues of what is allowable or desirable in question titles.

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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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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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Guidelines for good use of $\rm\LaTeX$ in question titles

Motivation: Every once in a while, I find myself making edits like this one, where OP (likely due to inexperience in asking questions) has used display math mode (...
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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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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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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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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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Slightly more informative error messages when the title is too long

Titles are limited to 150 characters. This is a reasonable limitations, but with $\rm\LaTeX$ one can easily go beyond that. Since it is impossible to a priori judge the length of the compiled $\rm\...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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More informative titles

Often when I see a question I think it's probably a duplicate of some earlier question, but it's hard to know. The software always suggests related questions, but that only helps if the titles are ...
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Should we retitle posts whose titles contain “interesting”?

Today I changed the title of the question "Interesting Mathematical Induction Series Proof" to the more informative "Induction proof of lower bound for $\sum \sqrt n$". It occurred to me that most ...
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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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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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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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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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Retitling Questions: a modest proposal

I'd like to suggest that after a Question receives an Accepted Answer, some consideration be given to revising the title (if appropriate) to reflect what the real issue turned out to be. It seems to ...
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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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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 ...