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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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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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Should the site have an automatic word filter for titles?

Ok, there's a warning now: This is triggered by a title matching ...
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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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Using block (displayed) equations in question titles

Background The use of block (displayed) equations ($$...$$) in question titles has been disallowed on Mathematics Stack Exchange. Titles are meant to be short ...
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Users making edits by putting displaystyle or other inappropriate scaling in the title

As long as you have the energy to do so, please continue to correct such edits/titles. Unless you have reason not to, assume the editors are well-meaning and just don't know that ...
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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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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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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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Is it okay to edit titles of questions by other users to make them more descriptive?

I'm surprised this doesn't have an answer yet. Yes, it's okay, and even encouraged. More or less the same rules apply as when editing the body of a post; in particular, don't make drastic changes to ...
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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!)
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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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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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Do questions with LaTeX in titles appear in Hot Questions?

Questions from math.SE that contain LaTeX markup are excluded from the list of hot network questions; see this meta.SE thread. On the other hand, questions from other sites that contain ...
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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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The titling of "Proving [...] no matter your initial choices"

Rude or offensive content is proscribed. Is there ever a case where a word can in context be unoffensive, despite being so in normal conversation? I'm willing to think it might, so generally cases ...
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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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Pop up box prompting upper case start of title

many questions are in need of edits however only have the first letter of the title to be capitalised In fact [if that's the only problem] they are not in need of edit. I see that you're bringing old ...
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