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The word "urgent" in a title should trigger a warning

I agree. Right now there is a smallish list of words that will cause a warning to pop up when they appear in short question titles . From Shog9's answer the regex is ...
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How can I make this question title less clickbaity? "Weird geometry problem with very elegant result"

Titles are supposed to be objective and informative, among other things. Your problem is about approximately finding the value of a parameter for a line to be tangent to three circles, which is a bit ...
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Request for input: What makes a good title?

What makes a good title? Good titles should unambiguously tell the user what they are getting into before they click on it. The goal is to attract the attention of those people who have the expertise ...
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Adding MathJax to the title of posts being edited - bad habit?

Editing is encouraged!, in particular to clarify the meaning of a post without changing it A good title is an essential part of the question, and the first thing that people see. Your examples (“...
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Can I ask for help to name my thesis?

Such a question would be off-topic on the main site. I can see such a question being closed as "opinion-based", since it would fall under the category of "chatty, open-ended questions&...
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Slightly more informative error messages when the title is too long

We are putting this into our bug-duty rotation and should get to this within a few weeks. (Sorry it's taken 8+ years!)
Anita Taylor's user avatar
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Should titles be included in begingroup..endgroup (similarly as posts and comments)?

Proposal: Defining macros in the titles should be strongly discouraged and we should ask Stack Exchange to add them to blacklisted phrases in the titles.1 This would mean blacklisting: ...
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Full question statements in the title

I think your title is better as a title. But, we want users to write informative titles and 'the question again' is in a way the best we can realistically aim for. The alternative would likely be to ...
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Possibility of multiple questions with same title

Let us turn it around, what does "Question on probability" convey? The "Question on" is redundant. Everything here ought to be a question. It is not as if we had different types of ...
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Misspelled titles to avoid duplicate titles

First let me stress that I certainly agree that there is a problem with 'lazy' titles. A strategy I noticed is to to add adhoc numbering. That said, you wrote: as you can see in the edit history, ...
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A possible bug regarding MathJax, previews, and the arctangent/tangent functions?

A linked question contained some malicious code in the title. I've removed it.
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Should old questions be retitled?

Yes, there is no such thing as "obsolete question" on the SE. If you can improve a post, question or answer, then improve. It doesn't matter, how old it is. If you edit a question title, or make any ...
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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?

If you put the effort to properly write up a question, putting the extra bit of having a proper title should not be an issue. Laziness is not an excuse. Put the reference in the question's body, ...
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"Prove that" vs. "Confirmation of proof" in the title.

In my opinion, no, you do not need to say in the title that it is a proof-verification --- in fact, you do not even need to say that it is a proof. Phrases such as "Prove that", "Proving that", "How ...
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Slightly more informative error messages when the title is too long

As of now (thanks to your request), there is a new feature released network-wide (including Stack Overflow for Teams) where users will be shown a character count starting when the Title hits 100 ...
Yaakov Ellis's user avatar
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When a very short subject line is too long

Your proposed title is ...
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Multiline MathJax on title

This should now be fixed. We've set the title link to display: block as suggested by @DavideCervone.
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Why is there a question with the non-descriptive title *Function "Love Triangle"*?

The title was still up because none of the 4000+ people who had viewed that question bothered to edit the title. Of course, not all of those 4000+ people have accounts on Mathematics Stack Exchange, ...
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A possible bug regarding MathJax, previews, and the arctangent/tangent functions?

One of the links from Greyes' question is: Simple trig problem- whose URL is actually math.stackexchange.com/questions/885521/renewcommand-tan-sin-renewcommand-arctan-arcsinsimple-trig-problem which ...
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What a good title should be?

I think this gets ultimately to the purpose of the title in the first place: in my view, the title of a question is not in general supposed to constitute the entire question itself. Rather, its main ...
Noah Schweber's user avatar
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Edit of headline caused URL to break?

You have put a in the middle of the question identifier (that number after /questions/ in the URL), which is why the link didn't ...
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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Why wasn't this question removed automatically from the HNQ list?

MathJax titles remove questions from the HNQ. However, after some incidents with users rolling back MathJax improvements to get questions back into the HNQ list, I've developed a habit of using the ...
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Mobile phone Latex/MathJax not showing in..

These should be visible when viewing the site in a browser. If you mean using the mobile app, note that the mobile apps are no longer supported. However, you can tap on a comment and select an option ...
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MathJax on simple numbers, the HNQ and a game of 21

The job of $\rm\LaTeX$ is to separate the mathematics from the text. This makes it easier to immediately grasp and understand which part of the text is the mathematical part. The text, however, ...
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Downvotes on a specific question - understanding the rationale behind them

It is difficult to guess why other users voted the way they did. But let me try anyway. The question has, at the moment, one close vote and the chosen reason is: "This question is missing context or ...
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Serif font is applied inconsistently for titles

I agree that the current inconsistent situation is not ideal, but at the same time I do not see what exactly is proposed. Yes, question-titles are displayed inconsistently, but what should we do ...
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Would someone looking for this question know what a "codomain" is?

I've edited the question in question to have the words "codomain" and "range". Based on the comments here, there is no good way to definitively answer this question. Some say that &...
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How fundamental is the choice of title in a question on Math.SE?

Depends on who you want to attract. Not everybody will go to a "help me" title. Typically , they either need knowledge about the area used to solve the question, or they would waste their ...
Roddy MacPhee's user avatar
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Serif font is applied inconsistently for titles

The font used question titles varies among the various stack exchange forums. Math.se has a serif font, as you noted. But for example Academia.se has a sans serif font: On the other hand, it seems ...
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