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Questions tagged [titles]

Issues of what is allowable or desirable in question titles.

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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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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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Title and $\LaTeX$

This is not a question. Just a request. This Issue has been discussed previously and I think this can be implemented technically as well. Writing title all in latex disables the options like "Open ...
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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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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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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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How should we treat subjective titles?

One big problem that can plague Q&A sites is the subjectivity within the variety of topics. In our community one person might find it interesting to deal with algebraic geometry, while another ...
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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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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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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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Why no use displaystyle in titles?

Why can't I use \displaystyle or $$ in titles? What's the problem? I'm not sure if it's necessary to use in titles, but I am ...
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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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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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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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Duplicate Titles needing improvement and/or closed as duplicate

Inspired by a similar question on meta.stackoverflow, I just did this database query on math.se, and found 81 pairs of questions with totally identical title. (Ordered pairs where id1 < id2, ...
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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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Editing title results in unwanted “bump” …

I was looking at my old questions and noticed that some TeX in one of my titles was not entered correctly. I fixed it... and to my dismay the question is now on the front page. I'm concerned that this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 posts (similarly for comments). It was announced in an answer on this meta: ...
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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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Cannot open question that contains only formulas

On an iPad, when I press and hold on the title of a question that contains only formulas, such as this one, I get "Copy" instead of the usual "Open / Open in New Tab / ..." menu. If I just tap on 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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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 ...