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Issues of what is allowable or desirable in question titles.

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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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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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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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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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Retroactive automatic editing of question punctuation affecting correctness

The question formerly titled "Does Stirling's formula give the correct number of digits of n!?" is now titled "Does Stirling's formula give the correct number of digits of n?". This was not due to an ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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making certain question types more searchable

Suppose someone wants help evaluating a complicated integral. Short of cramming the entire integral into the title, I'm not sure how a person can descriptively choose a title for the question. That is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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,...