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I updated that title. I did so because I honestly had difficulties reading it. My brain was doing A Full Stop After Each Word. I also changed "can" to "may", but this was purely based on personal opinion about how to express a question like this. In general, I would also edit SHOUTING and other attention grabbing typographical details that are ...


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We have now disabled all Smarty-like modifications text in titles. From now on, the title text saved for the post is the title text that will be displayed. If folks want em-dashes (ALT-0151) and fancy quotes (ALT-0145 through -0148) to appear in titles, they are welcome to add them. But we won’t convert it automatically any longer. we’re no longer the ...


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No, we shouldn't use title case in question titles. It hurts readability. Reading title case is unusual, so it's an immediate barrier to quick reading. Titles usually don't contain multiple sentences, but they often contain proper nouns, which title case causes makes it harder to spot. Title case is commonly used in print newspapers to make titles stand out ...


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Bad — titles should be a proper sentence or (usually better) sentence fragment: GRUB - How do I apply parameters to specific kernels? The system adds the most popular tag that isn't already in the tag as a prefix, which looks bad enough on its own — here, this leads to duplication: grub2 - GRUB - How do I apply parameters to specific kernels? Better, ...


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I'll summarize the most important points here. Identify the question. There can't be two questions with the same title; your title does have to mention what's unique about the question. Bad: “need help in making script” Good: “List files based on the date and time in the file name” Keep it short. The full details belong in the question body. Lead with the ...


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It strips dots from the end of the title because it thinks you're ending the question in a period or ellipses. It also converts trailing exclamation points to question marks, as part of an attempt to keep titles consistent.


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If you skip to the later part, you will know how I will tackle the situation. Note that the system automatically prefixes the title with the most common tag (unless it's already in the title somewhere) to help search engines find it more easily. Stack Exchange as a whole doesn't like need in the titles what can be found in the tags. I didn't find ...


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That's done to boost the Google ranking of Stack Exchange pages. It's been the case since 2010. Google's ranking algorithms have changed quite a lot, I don't know if there's been any reevaluation of whether this is still relevant. It happens on all Stack Exchange sites, not just this one. But it doesn't happen for every question: if all the tags of the ...


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