Long titles make posts unreadable. Some people even include long error message in a title which makes a real mess of the post. I often skip posts with long rambling titles altogether.

Should we have a rule that does not allow titles longer than ten words?

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    Incidentally, when you edit titles that are too long, you need to ensure that the edit doesn’t lose information. Commented May 6 at 5:56
  • Just look at this example: Separate default configurations and my own changes with a layered FS : /Data/etc/ upper layer in RO and /etc/ lower layer in RW? I immediately skip the post to save my sanity.
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    Commented May 6 at 15:58

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I, for one, don't think we should limit titles to ten words. I think the title can be a useful part of a good question, so I don't want to arbitrarily limit it.

Of course, a rambling title is not a good title, so if there's a way to improve it (or any part of the post), anyone should please feel free to do so.

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