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Issues of what is allowable or desirable in question titles.

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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. ...
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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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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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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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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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Sacrificing the grammar of title of questions for clear visibility of relevance in related links on the side

Having seen many titles similar to Help needed with P How to Solve P What is the best way of tackling P A differential/Integral/Sum/Algebra question etc. ( where P is latexified math part ) The ...
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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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Increasing the 150 character limit for the the Titles to allow proper description of math in the question.

a not too long math formulae's that are required to be in the title to make the referring links meaning full rather than having content like : "Odd sum problem" , "Interesting integral question" etc. ...
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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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How should multiple how-to questions' titles about the same topic differ?

Take a look at these two questions: How to prove $a^n < n!$ for all $n$ sufficiently large, and $n! \leq n^n$ for all $n$, by induction? How to prove $n < n!$ if $n > 2$ by induction? Both ...
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Better title for “Real life and death issue…”

In r.e.: Optimizing response times of an ambulance corp: short-term versus average I think it would be a good idea to give this a meaningful title.
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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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Long and full of math titles

Is it right to have titles long and full of math, spanning on more than two lines, like this Voyager mission polynomials. Prove that for any $p(x)$ $|p(x)(1+x+x^3+x^4+x^6)|+|p(x)(1+x^3+x^4+x^5+x^6)|\...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...