I don't think this should be allowed. I've just edited a couple of question from two different users:

Why do I get an "rsync: failed to set times on ... : Operation not permitted (1)" error on Ubuntu 10.10 with SME Server 7.4?


I edited them because usually square brackets are reserved for [Closed] or [Migrated] tags. Does this bother anyone else?

I kind of a stickler for standard formatting.

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There are different schools of writing titles. Some people prefer titles that are grammatical questions. Others (including me) prefer newspaper headlines. Adding tag words separated by punctuation (brackets or otherwise) is pretty universally frowned upon. I agree with your edits, thank you.

Some of the discussions on the topic:

As for disallowing this… How are you going to do that? What about titles that legitimately contain punctuation, like Triggering a method after a delay without abusing [UIView animateWithDuration]? or What is difference between [pool release] and [pool drain]? (ok, this one's closed, but as a duplicate; it is missing a word but the brackets are legitimate)? Conversely, why not ban titles like Django - Using extra clause to retrieve additional data — but how do you do that automatically? There's no way to prevent all the bad ways in which people can ask questions. That's why anyone can edit posts.

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    FWIW, there are some very limited restrictions in place for this, but they're unlikely to be expanded for the reasons you note.
    – Shog9
    Aug 21, 2011 at 20:20
  • Questions about specific things that include square brackets should be fine. I'm against people tagging in their titles with square bracket -- thats what we have tags for.
    – nopcorn
    Aug 21, 2011 at 22:35
  • @MaxMackie Yes, I understand. I was just pointing out why it can't be filtered automatically. Aug 21, 2011 at 22:38
  • @Gilles: Oh! I didn't mean it to be filtered automatically. Sorry if that's the impression I was giving off. Simply trying to see everyone's standpoint.
    – nopcorn
    Aug 21, 2011 at 22:59

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